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Parkhead


Glasgow City

Chinese Restaurant, Parkhead
©2016 Gazetteer for Scotland

Chinese Restaurant, Parkhead

A suburb of Glasgow, Parkhead originally developed as a weaving village around the site of an inn at a crossroads 2 miles (3 km) southeast of the city centre. It later expanded in association with coal mining and engineering, the famous Parkhead Forge founded in 1837 later producing high-grade steel for the shipbuilding industry. The forge, which was taken over by William Beardmore in 1879, closed in 1983. The site has been redeveloped as a 37,160-sq. m (400,000-sq. foot) shopping centre, also called The Forge, which opened in 1988. A factory was established here in 1889 to manufacture soft drinks, the famous Barr's Irn Bru being launched here in 1901. This plant closed in the mid-1990s. Celtic Football Club, which originated in Bridgeton in 1887, moved to Parkhead in 1888 and its present site at Celtic Park in 1892. In 2012, Parkhead was named one of the most deprived area in Scotland.


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