Busby & Shettleston Sheddens

This lies near to the present Sheddens roundabout where the road from Clarkston divides into two roads, one to East Kilbride (via Busby) on the other to Eaglesham.

On current Survey maps, and on the 1898 Ordnance Survey, it is placed on the Glasgow side of the roundabout between what is now Overlee Road and Victoria Crescent, but on a 1914 map it is shown on the other side just off the start of the Eaglesham road. south of Carolside Avenue. It is my recollection that this is where the green “Sheddens” buses used to have their terminus, perhaps in Greenwood Road. Sheddens is not shown on an earlier 1860 map nor on Ainslie’s 1796 map.

It would appear from these early maps that Sheddens was possibly situated within the estate of Overlee, which earlier extended to the location of the present roundabout. However the 1898 map shows the railway line cutting through the estate, leaving the estate house on the Glasgow side of the railway, the rest of the grounds on the other side of the railway being largely filled with housing. The area which contained the estate house now forms Overlee Playing Field. The CoIl ins Street Directory places Sheddens here, perhaps so as not to obscure the street names on the other side of the railway.

The local guide puts the Sheddens at the split of the roads to East Kilbride and Eaglesham, i.e., where the present roundabout is situated. It speculates that this was where the carters “shed” their loads in order to partake of refreshment at the nearby inn. Ainslie’s map and also a later 1832 map show a toll at this location. However it seems more likely that the name Sheddens referred either to the road split or to a shedding place on the Overlee Estate.


Extract from Aileen Smart’s “Villages of Glasgow, Vol I”: 1) In a Charter by Alexander IT to the Bishop of Glasgow in 1226, the provost and officers of Rutherglen were forbidden from taking toll or custom within Glasgow but were authorised to collect legal dues” ad Crucem de Schedenstun” (i.e. to take toll at the cross of Shettleston). “Sheddens” denotes a parting of the ways, and a cross may have marked the spot where a branch road led down to a ford across the Clyde but the location of such a junction remains unknown. (Aileen Smart’s map of the area shows “Shettleston Sheddens” at the intersection of Shettleston Road with Westmuir Street and its extension into Old Shettleston Road. This appears as “Shettleston Sheddings” in city maps.)

2) Westmuir Colliery extended from Parkhead to Eastmuir. In Shettleston, from west to east, the first pit was called “Sheddens”, situated at what is now the top of Hillview street, near Tollcross Park.

3) Shettleston might be the “villam filie Sedin” referred to in a Papal Bull dated 1179 addressed to the Bishop of Glasgow, thus Shettleston may have been the place where a son or daughter of some person called Sedin may have had a residence over 800 years ago.

4) Authorities have not been able to agree on the exact location of the historical cross of Shettleston, where the royal borough of Rutherglen was allowed to collect tolls; but it is possible that the cross stood near the west end of the present village of Tollcross, from where early travellers may have been able to follow the Tollcross Bum southwards to the Clyde and cross over to Rutherglen.

5) Parkhead, about three miles from Glasgow Cross, consisted of an inn and a few cottages at the “Sheddens”, later Parkhead Cross, where the road divided to lead to Shettleston, Airdrie and Falkirk in one direction and to Tollcross, Edinburgh and London in the other. (i.e. at the junction of Westmuir Road with Gallowgate and its extension into Tollcross).

The 1858 Ordnance Survey refers to Shettleston Sheddings, rather than Shettleston Sheddens, and places it nearer to Shettleston to the north of Old Shettleston Road just beyond the junction of this road and its continuation, Westmuir Street, with Shettleston Road. Nowadays, Shettleston Road crosses Westmuir Street and meets up again with old Shettleston Road further East but this extension did not exist in earlier times nor, indeed did Shettleston Road. The modem street map shows “Shettleston Sheddings” at the centre of this junction, as did the 1892 amd 1933 surverys.

However, the name “Sheddens” appears in the name of an adjacent pub and in the relatively new street called Sheddens Place which runs into Old Shettleston Road from the North and is situated more or less where the 1858 Ordnance Survey places the Sheddings. Interestingly, the 1892 Survey shows a Sheddings Villa at about the same site.

The modem city map shows the Tollcross Bum entering the Clyde south of the present cemetery, but earlier maps appear to place the entry further west, almost south ofParkhead Cross at Farme Cross . As with Busby Sheddens, Shettleston Sheddens/Sheddings could refer either to the road junction or to a shedding place, but there are the added complications of location (including the Parkhead suggestion) and name. The above extracts from Aileen Smart’s book do not appear to be consistent.