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Lenzie ( ) is a village situated by the Glasgowmarker - Edinburghmarker railway in the East Dunbartonshire council area of Scotlandmarker, approximately six miles north-east of Glasgowmarker city centre and one mile south of Kirkintillochmarker. It has a population of approximately 10,000 - due to increase by several thousand when a new residential development within the grounds of the former Woodilee Hospital is completed.

Name

Lenzie is now generally pronounced with a /z/, but was formerly was pronounced /lɛnjɪ/. This is due to the original spelling, Lenȝie, containing the letter yogh, was later erroneously confused with the tailed z.

The origin of the name is not known but may possibly derive from the Gaelic Lèanaidh ( ), a locative form of lèana, meaning a "wet meadow".

History

Lenzie was built in the 19th century as a commuter town for those travelling to Glasgow and Edinburghmarker, as Lenzie railway stationmarker is a stop between the two cities. The train station was originally named 'Kirkintilloch Junction' and later 'Campsie Junction', as it was a junction between the Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway and its Campsie branch line through Kirkintillochmarker (the latter line no longer exists).

Lenzie, the 'wet plain' was formerly used for farming. Lenzie Moss, a boggy, marshy area of Lenzie that has not been built on, has peat bogs, which were extensively exploited and now feature the characteristics of peat cutting, and several acres of deciduous woodland mainly made up of silver birch. The area is a sanctuary for wildlife, including rabbits, deer and foxes.

Woodilee Hospital, once the largest psychiatric hospital in Scotland, opened in 1874 and was gradually closed down from the mid-1990s. Lenzie Hospital, which is on the road to Auchinlochmarker and was for the elderly, also closed around this time.

Until World War II, housing was chiefly north of the railway station and south of the railway on the west side of Auchinloch Road. This consisted of Victorian and Edwardian villas, a few terraces, and some 1920s and 1930s bungalows at Middlemuir and Kirkintilloch Road in north Lenzie. From the 1950s some Council housing was built at Gallowhill Avenue and High Gallowhill as well as private housing. In the south, housing was built at Millersneuk and Claddens, changing the image and the face of the village into a town. Now it has several shops, schools, churches, parks and various sport clubs like any other suburb.

Schools

The secondary school for the town is Lenzie Academymarker, whose former pupils include Scotland rugby international Andrew Henderson, Travis guitarist Andy Dunlop, the former Secretary of State for Scotland, Tom Johnston, and the former Chairman of the Labour Party, Ian McCartney. The school was founded in 1886 and was originally both a primary and secondary school situated on Kirkintilloch Road, Lenzie - now Lenzie Primary School. In 1960, the school moved to its present position on Myrtle Avenue, and became a comprehensive six-year secondary in 1971. In August 1997, the building of a new wing was completed, housing the departments of Mathematics, Computing, History, Geography, Modern Studies, Music, Art & Design together with offices and new toilet areas. The current school rector is Roderick J McLelland, BSc.

There are four primary schools in Lenzie: Lenzie Moss, Lenzie Primary, Millersneuk and Holy Family. Lenzie Primary is the oldest of the primary schools, and is the former Lenzie Academy building. It became a school for primary education only when the Lenzie Academy building was built in 1960. Lenzie Moss Primary was built in 1968 and is located next to "The Moss". Millersneuk Primary School was built in 1979, and celebrated its 25th Anniversary with a school concert in Summer 2004. Holy Family Primary is a Catholic school situated on the border of Lenzie and Kirkintilloch.

Lenzie life

There are three churches in Lenzie: Lenzie Union Parish Church and Lenzie Old Parish Church (both Church of Scotlandmarker) and St Cyprian's (Scottish Episcopal Church). St. Cyprians is the oldest of the three churches - built in 1873, and celebrated its 125th anniversary in the year 1998.

Every year, like many other towns in East Dunbartonshire, Lenzie holds a Gala on the first Saturday in June at the local rugby club. Each year, a 'Queen' in Primary Seven is chosen from one of the local primary schools, and three attendants from the other schools.

There is a pub in the village named "Carriages" originally known as "The Gallery" and briefly as "The Neuk and Cranny" at the end of Millersneuk Drive.

There is one Scout Group the 1st Lenzie, 12th Glasgow. In addition there are two Boys' Brigade companies: 1st Lenzie (attached to Lenzie Union Parish Church) and 2nd Lenzie (attached to Lenzie Old Parish Church) along with Lenzie Crusaders.

There is a row of shops located near to the train station that includes a hairdresser, optician, pharmacy, florist, three estate agents, coffee shop, post office and travel agent, solicitors and a local branch of Peckham's, the delicatessen and wine and spirits retailer.

Sport in Lenzie

Lenzie Youth Club has catered for youth football and other activities within the village since its foundation in 1980. LYC football teams have won three Scottish Cups - in 1987, 1997 and 2007.

Lenzie Rugby Football Club currently plays in the Scottish Hydro Electric National League Division Three.

Established in 1889, Lenzie Golf Club is situated at the east end of Gadloch, Lenzie, while Lenzie Tennis Club is a membership-based tennis club situated off Lindsaybeg Road.

Lenzie F.C. were a senior Scottish football club that participated in the early years of the Scottish Cup, with minor success until its last outing in the 1886-87 season, where they lost 13-0 at home to Vale of Leven.

The nearest hockey club is Stepps H.C. The club competes in the second tier or the Scottish national leagues (2009/10 season) and has had a successful history. See the Stepps Website for further details.

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