This evening, I am posting images and comment consequent upon my participation in a group walking tour of Eaglesham.

Walk through Eaglesham

Eaglesham is an English style village located south of Glasgow, Scotland. It is very clean, prosperous and pretty and has been designated a formal conservation area. At one time the village, like many others, boasted a textile mill but other than that was not affected by the industrial revolution and does even have a railway station, leaving it somewhat isolated.

The name Eaglesham has nothing to do with eagles, it is derived from the Low Latin word for church, ecclesia with ham  being an Anglo-Saxon meaning a small settlement.

Eaglesham is, unusually for Scotland, a planned village. Historically it was controlled by the Montgomerys who were based at nearby Polnoon Castle (now a ruin)  and whose name still features in various Eaglesham street names.

Here is Eaglesham Parish Church (Montgomery Street). There has been a church on this site since the 14th century but the present building dates from 1788 and is for Presbyterian worship.

Eaglesham Parish Church

Eaglesham Church

 

Very close to the church is an unassuming small property which is home to a statuary dedicatedto the work of  local sculptor William Gemmell which was covered in my post of yesterday.

Robert Burns and Highland Mary

The village is planned in a Y shape around the extensive village green through which flows a burn or stream. This powered the former mill adverted to above.

Waterfall at Eaglesham

Overall, Eaglesham is a genteel sort of place with lots of history. There is a hotel and a good range of shops. A nice place to live and visit.

Colourful Garden at Eaglesham

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