Glenboig

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Glenboig (Scottish Gaelic: An Gleann Bhog) is a village formerly of East Dunbartonshire now part of the North Lanarkshire area of Scotland lying north of Coatbridge and to the south east of Kirkintilloch. Historically the settlement formed the south eastern extremity of the ancient Gaelic province of the Lennox (Scottish Gaelic: An Leamhnachd) which lay roughly within the former county of Dunbartonshire. [1]

Glenboig's railway station closed in 1960 and the local coal mining and brick-making industries ceased by the 1980s.

The village's first school was built in 1875-6.

Glenboig's main industry was Fireclay, however another important spoke in the industrial revolution was its railways. The Monkland and Kirkintilloch Railway was started in 1824, and opened in 1826, running from Palacecraig up through Coatbridge and Gartsherrie, and immediately to the east of Glenboig village. It claims to be Scotland's first actual "railway", putting it among the first few in the world. A few years later, in 1831, the Glasgow and Garnkirk line opened, running on the other side of Glenboig, joining the Monkland and Kirkintilloch at Gartsherrie. These were the earlier Scottish lines to use locomotives. Both were built almost exclusively to carry coal but each, however, developed an increasing volume of other freight and of passenger traffic.In 1982 the Glenboig pit called Bedlay was ceased by Margatet Thatcher and her Conservatives.

In 1999, residents got together to discuss the problems affecting their local environment. As a result, the Glenboig and North Central Environmental Group was established with the aim of addressing local environmental issues resulting in the creation of Glenboig Village Park.

The United Kingdom Census 2001 reported the population as 1548.[2]

In recent years the village has grown, with the addition of two new housing estates. The village also has two pubs - 'The Big Shop' and 'The Village Inn' (the village inn has now closed and become derelict), a post office, beauty salon, newsagent, two take aways, and a Londis.

Within the community there are many small businesses including a coachworks, flower arrangers, and mortgage brokers.

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Notes

  1. ^ Newton, Michael. From Clyde To Callander. 
  2. ^ "Comparative Population Profile: Glenboig Locality". SCROL. http://www.scrol.gov.uk/scrol/browser/profile.jsp?profile=Population&mainArea=glenboig&mainLevel=Locality. Retrieved 2009-12-07. 

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Coordinates: 55°53′34″N 4°02′25″W / 55.8927°N 4.0403°W / 55.8927; -4.0403