Window on the past: Giffnock quarries

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HERE is a snapshot of Giffnock’s industrial past. Sandstone was first quarried from here in the 1830s and, at one time, Giffnock provided the largest source of building stone for the Glasgow area.

Examples of the stone from Giffnock quarries can still be seen in the older parts of Glasgow university. The urbanisation of Giffnock began in the mid to late nineteenth century when, after the establishment of several quarries, a rail link was built between there and the city. Following the closure of the quarries, various endeavours were put forward to use the area for alternative means — including, at one point, using the tunnels to grow mushrooms.

Window on the Past is provided by East Renfrewshire Heritage Service.