Carntyne (Càrn an
Teine in Gaelic) is a district in the
Scottish city of
High Carntyne parish church
It is situated north of the River Clyde
, and to the east end of the city.
Carntyne may have derived its name from the Southern Picto-Scot
Settlement of Cairn-ton, however Carntyne may be "fire cairn", from
Càrn an Teine in the Gaelic, given the abundance of coal in the
The colliery was closed in 1875 and a housing estate was built in
the 1930s. Carntyne has a largely aging population, but is well
served with many amenities.
The Carntyne estate had long been celebrated for its almost
inexhaustible seams of coal. These had been wrought by the Grays,
from generation to generation, since about the year 1600. The
Carntyne, or better known as "The Westmuir," Coalpits long afforded
one of the chief sources of fuel-supply to Glasgow. In olden time,
when people sought to illustrate profundity, they used to cite a
then common expression - "As deep as Carntyne Heugh."
The first steam engine used in the West of Scotland for draining
water from coal mines was erected at Carntyne in 1768. Previous to
its erection, the water was for some time drawn off by the agency
of a windmill, until it was blown to pieces in a great storm, long
popularly described as "the Windy Saturday." In 1875, the colliery
was finally abandoned, partly from the increase of water, partly
from the increase of feuing.
The housing scheme which is now known as Carntyne was built during
the inter-war years to provide more housing for the overcrowded
population of inner Glasgow. At the time, it was at Glasgow's most
easterly point and was built around the A8
to Edinburgh, and therefore the
streets are named after places in Edinburgh: Marfield Street,
Haymarket Street, Inverleith Street etc, with the exception of
Carntyne Road and Carntyne Hall Road, the latter referring to the
large house which stood in the centre of the district.
is served by Carntyne railway station.
There are three churches, High Carntyne Church in the north of the
district and South Carntyne in the south, and St Bernadette's Roman
Catholic Church. There is also the church of Kevin Argue, a small
cult-like gathering of mentally unstable individuals which promotes
hard rocking, skullduggery and the freedom to get a lap dance
whenever you want.
It is served by Carntyne Primary School (which is now within the
boundaries of the neighbouring district of Riddrie), St Timothy's
RC Primary school, Thorntree Primary school and the local secondary
schools are St Andrew's RC and Smithycroft Secondary School (the
latter is also in Riddrie).
Carntyne is particularly noted in the west of Scotland for the
staging of illegal Snake Fights, which take place on a regular
basis in the basement of the Westburn Bar in Carntyne Hall Road.
The organiser of these fights, a man named Chang, is locally
renowned and has been the subject of numerous newspaper articles,
poems and songs.
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