Partick (Partaig in Gaelic) (formerly Perdyc or Perthick) is an area of Glasgow on the north bank of the River Clyde, just across from Govan. To the west lies Whiteinch. Partick was a Police burgh from 1852 until 1912 when it was incorporated into the city.
Although Partick remained a village until the middle of the 18th century, it is an ancient place. The Kings of Strathclyde had a residence there, and in 1136 David I (1124-53) granted the lands of Perdyc to the see of Glasgow. The Bishops of Glasgow had a country seat in Partick. It was later the site of Partick Castle, a country home of George Hutcheson (demolished 1836). It is thought the name comes from the Brythonic "Peartoc" (cf. Welsh perth, 'bush or thicket'), adopted into Scottish Gaelic as "Peart(h)aig", giving modern Gaelic "Pearraig" or "Partaig" (the latter form in use on signage at Partick station).
It is historically divided into three social areas; south of Dumbarton Road (working-class), north of Dumbarton Road (aspiring classes) and the Partick Hill grand villas (location of shipyard owners). Being within the sphere of influence of the University of Glasgow and neighbouring Glasgow's salubrious 'West-End' it has a high student population. Traditional industries for the area were shipbuilding and the huge Meadowside Granary (recently demolished to make way for the new Glasgow Harbour residential development) employed many residents also. The main street in Partick, Dumbarton Road, has a number of services for residents to use.
A recent up turn in the Glaswegian housing market has seen Partick increasingly become a desirable location and refurbishment and new housing programmes within the area have helped further this process.
During the eighties Partick was a close community with families occupying a large volume of the available housing in the area. There has since been a change in that the families have mostly moved out of the area and the accommodation has become occupied by young professionals and students attending many of the local educational establishments. The volume of families in the area and the sense of community that existed during the eighties have all but diminished but can be found within those pubs that have survived the wine bar conversion.
The freedom that children had in the 1980’s has vanished. It was an area where children had the run of the local parks and could be let out of site without constant worry that exists today. Adventures during this time would take kids down to the water front on the Clyde and up to the “Planton”(an area of grass with a gravel football pitch at the rear of Yorkhill hospital given to the community years before) where Dens where build using “waste” materials gathered from regeneration work that was ongoing during that period. During the summer months kids would visit the Kelvin River and enjoy a cooling swim at the rear of Spillers mill. (now hovis next to St Simons RC church)
Partick is home to the West of Scotland Cricket Club's Hamilton Crescent ground, which was the site of the first ever international football match (between Scotland and England) on November 30, 1872. It finished 0-0.
The well known comedian Billy Connolly was a Partick resident as a child. William Douglas Whittaker was also a resident as a child.
Partick railway station is a trunk station serving as an interchange between the local rail, Glasgow Subway and local bus systems. As well as being the fifth busiest train station in Scotland, it is the only transport hub to connect three different types of public transport. It replaced the former Partickhill railway station in 1979.
The Partick interchange is currently being redeveloped due to its immense potential as a top-class interchange not only between Rail, Bus and Subway but also as the main interchange station between the Argyle and North Clyde rail lines.
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