2025 Pollokshaws Road G43 1NE
Sir Robert Rowand Anderson, 1834-1921
Category A Listed
Fascinating Public Halls designed for Sir John Stirling Maxwell with a gothic interior and old Glasgow college exterior. A rare opportunity to join a tour of the clock tower and experience this irreplaceable heritage icon (wear suitable footwear. Under 16s require parental supervision)
Sir John commissioned and gifted a Public Hall to Pollokshaws Burgh, formed in 1812. He appointed Rowand Anderson architect in 1890. At the time the Old College Buildings on High Street were being demolished to make way for a railway goods yard . Incensed by this Rowand Anderson commemorated their detailing in Pollokshaws Public Hall introducing a replica clock tower and stepped gables.
Internally, the two halls are Gothic. Sir John was an active Freemason. Rowand incorporated Masonic motifs above one entrance; Maxwell Family, Burgh and Scottish emblems above doors and windows alsewhere. It was handed to the Burgh in 1898. The Burgh was annexed to Glasgow Corporation in 1912 which began planning its regeneration. In 1958 the population was 5,830 with 1,812 shops & 88 industrial premises. The plan required demolishing 1,600 dwellings, many of heritage value, to create 2,400 houses, 14 multi-stories, 29 shops and accommodate 6,780 people. The village street is unrecogniseable. In 2014/15 the multi-stories are being demolished, part of a new Partial Regeneration Project. Throughout these radicle changes Pollokshaws Burgh Hall has become an important heritage/cultural symbol in the community.
Pollokshaws Burgh Hall Trust was formed in 2000 after the building lay unused for 11 years. The Wurlitzer was restored and installed in 2008. It is ranked in the top five in the UK. The Trust volunteers are now re-establishing and balancing its community/business roles simply to finance management, maintenace and if possible future restoration of the Halls for the benefit of future generations.
Part of the Childrens Programme: The tours of the building during the week, talks on Saturday and Community Open Day on the Sunday will attract children particularly Intergenerational work.
Discover Glasgows Industrial Heritage: Pollokshaws Burgh Hall is a forgotten architectural jewel. Designed by Sir Robert Rowand Anderson, the Premier Architect of Scotland it is Category A Listed. The DOD event provides an opportunity for people to look around it, understand its Heritage significance to Pollokshaws which has lost much of its Heritage Merit in the last 60 years. Visitors will understand the past, present.
Number in Brochure: 80
Mon Sun 10am 3.30pm
Tours: every hour from 10.30am; 3/4 hour
Meeting Point: Entry Foyer
Restrictions on Access: Tower spiral staircase needs suitable footware. Under 16yr olds require parental supervision.
Limited Disabled Access
Access ramp to north door. access to G/F
Nearest Train or Subway Station(s): Pollokshaws West
Parking: On Street Parking Available Free of Charge
0141 632 5811