Window to the Past: The Ivy Tower, 1971

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The Ivy Tower at Cowglen was on Broompark Farm land on the north side of Boydstone Road a couple of hundred yards to the east of where the Boyd Stone once stood.

The road is on the other side of the hedge here and the tree is still standing so the location can be easily found.

Built in the early 1800s to house a steam engine for pumping water from the coal pits in the area, in later times it became covered with the climbing plant so that it became known as the Ivy Castle.

When the pits closed in the early 1900s the building was converted into two dwellings and the writer recalls seeing a group of children playing in the garden in the late 1940s.

It was demolished in 1973, and the white building in the right background was a store for Cowglen Golf Course maintenance equipment.

Image courtesy of Pollokshaws Heritage Group, holding weekly meetings on Mondays at 1pm in the parish hall — all welcome along.