POLLOKSHAWS BURGH HALL
WHERE IS IT? South west of the city, on the corner of Christian Street and Pollokshaws Road, near Pollok Country Park
This category A listed building was designed by architect Robert Rowland Anderson, for the landowner Sir John Stirling-Maxwell, who commissioned it in order to honour Queen Victoria’s Jubilee at a cost of £20,000, which was a fair penny back in 1898.
The affluent Maxwell family used their wealth for the betterment of the community, building this and the similar Pollokshields Burgh Hall, which rests just north in the ground of Maxwell Park. Sir John not only paid for construction but also for the upkeep of the hall, donating it to the Town Council. Anderson is believed to have based his design on the Old College buildings of the old University of Glasgow in the city’s high street before the university migrated west. He incorporated several nods to the Maxwell family within his design, using monograms and their family motto, “Reviresco,” meaning “I flourish again.” The deteriorating hall was closed in the 1990s but rescued in the new millennium by a local group of volunteers, the Pollokshaws Burgh Hall Trust. They sought funding and restored the building for public use. It is commonly used for weddings, music nights and other community events.
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