WHITEINCH is an area on the western side of the City of Glasgow in Scotland. The area has developed from an island in the River Clyde to a green area forming part of lands of Jordanhill Estate then Scotstoun Estate to an industrial and shipbuilding area and now primarily as a residential suburb of the city.

WHITEINCH CROSS was not a name used in the day's when the author grew up in this west end area of Glasgow in the 1950's and 60's, although the name is to be found on maps printed around around 1900 (at which time Whiteinch was outwith the City of Glasgow).   But the City fathers had to spend millennium money on something - and this is it, the recreation of Whiteinch Cross.   Not that it impressed my parents too much - another local government excuse to waste tax payers money!

No-one has actually explained the Millennium project to me, but I think it's supposed to represent the days when this part of the city was dominated by shipyard, shipping and the Whiteinch ferries.  With its white mast on the left - illuminated with a blue vertical stripe at night -  it's rusty bulkhead (ship's side?) - part of which has a waterfall running down it (is the ship sinking?) - and it's raised pontoon - perhaps representing the old ferry landing stage.  Ground level lights on the landscaped area on the opposite side of the side street also hint at the area's maritime past, with the lights showing red if you approach from one direction and green from the other. Click on the photo of Whiteinch Cross to the right for a larger image.

Located just at the Clyde Tunnel's Whiteinch exit, the one connection I can make with a "cross" is that this is the exact location where the Policemen would stand each day when on school crossing duty (no lollypop men in those days), assisting us across busy Dumbarton Road to and from Whiteinch Primary School.

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Political Boundaries

In 1901 Whiteinch was considered to be in the Registration District of Patrick, the Parish of Govan and the County of Lanarkshire.

The City of Glasgow was divided into "wards". Whiteinch Ward was described as folliows in the Post Office Directory for 1930.

XXV. Ward, Whiteinch. - That portion of the City which is bounded by a line commencing at a point on the municipal boundary where that boundary is intersected by the centre line of the London & North-Wastern Railway (Stobcross Branch) thence south-eastward and southward along the centre line of the said London & North-Eastern Railway to the centre line of the London & North-Eastern Railway (Yoker and Clydebank Branch); thence westward along the railway tot eh centre of Crow Road; thence southward along the centre line of Crow Road and Balshagray Avenue to the centre of Dumbarton Road; thence westward along the centre of James Street; thence southward along the centre line of James Street and the continuation thereof to the centre of the River Clyde; thence westward along the centre of the River Clyde to the municipal boundary; thence westward, north-eastward, eastward and again north-eastward along the municipal boundary to the point of commencement.

 

 

Whiteinch Cross
Whiteinch Cross

Description of Whiteinch Ward in the 1930's
Whiteinch Ward
in the 1930's