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Seafar


North Lanarkshire

Seafar is a central district of the New Town of Cumbernauld in North Lanarkshire Council Area, lying to the north and west of Cumbernauld Town Centre which was mostly developed 1958-65. Shown as agricultural cottages on the First Edition of the Ordnance Survey map (1864), streets now take their names from famous Scots, primarily authors and artists (Barke, Brown, Blake, Fergusson, Fleming, Grieve, Hill, Hume, Lennox, Liddel, MacTaggart, McGregor, Mitchell and Mitchison). St. Mungo's Road takes its name from the Church of Scotland, an appropriate name given that Cumbernauld was intended to take people from Glasgow, where Mungo is the patron saint. The area benefits from two churches, a library and St. Mary's Primary School. Seafar Primary School was demolished and replaced by sheltered housing in 2004. Nine identical twelve-storey tower blocks, each 34m (112 feet) in height, were constructed in three groups in Seafar. These properties gained a reputation for being damp and draughty, and all will be replaced over the coming years. Bruce House, Buchan House and Douglas House were built on Allanfauld Road in 1965 and demolished in 2015. Campbell House, Graham House and Wallace House were completed on Berryhill Road in 1966, in an area originally known as Ravenswood 1. Finally were Blair House, Scott House (both built in 1966) and Drummond House, which followed two years later, on Hume Road. This latter group lie in a northeastern section of Seafar which was initially known as Muirhead (after an original farmstead) and South Muirhead Road remains nearby. The 'South' usefully distinguishes this Muirhead from what is now referred to as North Muirhead on the northern outskirts of the town. With yet another Muirhead forming a significant settlement just 6 miles (10 km) to the west southwest, the primary school here (now a community education centre) was named 'Muirfield'.


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