A residential area within Tollcross, Braidfauld lies 2¾ miles (4.5 km) east southeast of Glasgow city centre, to the east of Parkhead, southwest of Shettleston and immediately south of Tollcross Park. Lying between the former tobacco merchant's estates of Tollcross, Dalbeth and Westthorn, Braidfauld did not begin to be developed until the end of the 19th century, with the construction of red sandstone tenements along Tollcross Road. Extensive public housing was developed from the 1930s to allow the slums of the city centre to be cleared. First came three-storey blocks of flats, with houses being added in the 1950s and 1960s but with few amenities. Private housing was constructed in the 1990s on the site of the former Govancroft Pottery. Local industries include a biscuit factory on Clydeford Drive and extensive whisky bonded warehouses on part of the former Westthorn estate to the southwest, next to the River Clyde.

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