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North Kelvinside
Scottish Gaelic: Cealbhainn a Tuath
North Kelvinside is located in Glasgow council area
North Kelvinside
North Kelvinside
 North Kelvinside shown within Glasgow
OS grid reference NS576675
Council area Glasgow City Council
Lieutenancy area Glasgow
Country Scotland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town GLASGOW
Postcode district G20
Dialling code 0141
Police Scottish
Fire Scottish
Ambulance Scottish
EU Parliament Scotland
UK Parliament Glasgow North
Scottish Parliament Glasgow Kelvin
List of places

Coordinates: 55°52′46″N 4°16′40″W / 55.879541°N 4.277882°W / 55.879541; -4.277882

North Kelvinside (also referred to as North Kelvin) (Cealbhainn a Tuath in Gaelic) is a residential district of the Scottish city of Glasgow.

It is usually regarded as a subdistrict of Maryhill, sharing its G20 postcode, as well as its House of Commons electoral constituency prior to incorporation into Glasgow North in 2005. However, North Kelvinside was never a part of Maryhill Police Burgh prior to its incorporation into Glasgow in 1912 and the area is markedly different socially and architecturally.

North Kelvinside was originally part of a country estate, which became enveloped by the surrounding city. As a result, many buildings date from the early twentieth century. It is located on the northern edge of Glasgow's west end and its southern boundary is marked by the River Kelvin. It is close to the Glasgow Botanic Gardens, the former BBC building on Queen Margaret Drive, and in the vicinity of the University of Glasgow, although all are actually outwith the North Kelvinside area itself. Being close to Glasgow University many students and academics live in the area.

Kelvinside House was the property of Lord Provost Sir James Campbell, and was located in the area that is now North Kelvinside. It was there that his son, the future Prime Minister Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman was born 1836.

North Kelvinside is not directly north of the more upmarket area Kelvinside, which is mainly located to the west. Rather, the area is so named because it is located on the north bank of the River Kelvin. The housing consists mainly of tenements, although there are also some grander villa-type buildings, converted Victorian townhouses, pre-industrial cottages and a small, well-maintained (now mainly ex-)council estate. The area has a reputation for being quiet and tranquil, despite its central location. Unusually, it is impossible to fully traverse the district by car in any direction, due in part to its extremely hilly topography, and to a system of road-blocks designed to combat ratrunning.

Architecturally significant buildings in the area include the Kelvin Stevenson Memorial Church (by J. J. Stevenson, 1898) and Gillespie, Kidd & Coia's St. Charles Parish Church (1959), noted for its hyperbolic paraboloid concrete roof and Stations of the Cross sculptures by Benno Schotz. Another local landmark is Alexander 'Greek' Thomson's Sixty Steps (1872)[citation needed]. Contemporary published sources suggest that the steps, associated retaining wall and the original Queen Margaret Bridge were actually part of John E. Walker's co-ordinated civil engineering works of 1869/1870 to the designs of Ritchie Rodger C.E. in preparation for the development of the suburb.[1][2]

North Kelvinside also contains the pub where the famous 'balcony' scene in the film Trainspotting was shot, the beautiful Kelvin walkway along the banks of the eponymous river, linking Kelvingrove Park and the Botanic Gardens, and the tiny North Star cafe, a bohemian hang-out. The area has relatively few retail or leisure facilities, but is within easy walking distance of the numerous shops, pubs and restaurants on Great Western and Byres Roads.

Famous current or former residents include the actor Robbie Coltrane, director Lynne Ramsay, screenwriter and playwright Peter McDougall, members of the rock band Teenage Fanclub, TV interior designers Justin Ryan and Colin McAllister, Ian Davidson MP and former Maryhill MP, Maria Fyfe.

There was a North Kelvinside Secondary School that served most of the Maryhill district of Glasgow. However, the school was closed and the vast majority of the pupil's transferred to Cleveden Secondary School in the Kelvindale area on the other side of the River Kelvin to the west. Former famous pupils include actor Robert Carlyle and 80's pop-star Jimmy Somerville. The area is served by North Kelvinside Parish Church, a Church of Scotland congregation which was made famous after World War II, by the work and writing of its minister Rev Tom Allan, particularly his book The Face of My Parish. However, in recent years, the church building was demolished, leaving only the halls which are now in poor condition. The congregation has also been in sharp decline and is currently uniting with the nearby Ruchill Parish Church.

Just south of the area is Hillhead, which forms the heart of Glasgow's west end, and to the north is Maryhill. To the west are Kelvindale and Kelvinside, and to the east Firhill and Woodside.

The district, along with Firhill and Murano Street Student Village, is served by North Kelvin Community Council.


  1. ^ Glasgow Herald, 11 October 1869
  2. ^ Glasgow Herald, 20 October 1870

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Herald Scotland

Herald Scotland
Wed, 04 Nov 2015 16:17:10 -0800

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Huffington Post

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Mon, 15 Jun 2015 13:19:02 -0700

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Daily Mail

Daily Mail
Wed, 14 Oct 2015 01:55:01 -0700

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Scottish Catholic Observer

Scottish Catholic Observer
Mon, 12 Oct 2015 04:15:00 -0700

St Charles' Primary School in North Kelvinside is celebrating as its planned project to build a multi-sensory room for their language and communications unit is in the running for a major boost. The school has been shortlisted in the UK school category ...

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Sun, 26 Apr 2015 09:00:21 -0700

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The National

The National
Tue, 20 Oct 2015 16:21:59 -0700

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Glasgow Evening Times

Glasgow Evening Times
Wed, 26 Aug 2015 05:37:54 -0700

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Glasgow Evening Times
Mon, 20 Jul 2015 20:56:15 -0700

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