Our Buildings History

4 Woodside Place

Take a trip through the decades with us as we celebrate our magnificent building and it’s rich Glasgow history. 

Early Days

4 Woodside Place is built on the lands of Bartonhill, part of the lands of Nether Newton which belonged to the Maxwell family  of Nether Pollok Estate. The magnificent Pollok House is still located on the south side of Glasgow. The land of Bartonhill extended some 21 acres, 3 roads and 7 falls, were acquired by James Campbell of Blythswood from Sir James Maxwell of Nether Pollok.


Lands of Bartonhill feued by James Campbell of Blythswood to William Purdon. The boundaries are described thus: “On the North and East by the Laird of Blythswood’s lands, by the common high road leading from Swansyeat to Clayslap on the South, by the lands sold by David Purdon to Hugh Cross, merchant in Glasgow on the West” [There is a Clayslaps Street opposite Kelvin Way].


Inherited by John Purdon.


Transferred to David Purdon and William Hunter Trustees of John Purdon.


Some 10 acres 6 falls sold to Richard Gillespie of South Woodside [ Linen Printer of Anderston ]. The land is described thus:- “ 10 acres and 6 falls being part of the lands of Bartonhill ( 21 acres, 3 roads, 7 falls ) being part of the 20 shilling land of old extent of the lands of Nether Newton acquired by James Campbell of Blythswood from Sir James Maxwell of Nether Pollok.”


Sold to Archibald Buchanan[Accountant in Glasgow] Trustee for Richard Gillespie’s creditors.


Sold to Thomas and Moncrieff Mitchell [Manufactures] and Andrew Mitchell [Writer].


Sold to Hamilton William Gordon [Merchant in Glasgow]


Mr. Gordon is sequestrated and the land is auctioned. It is acquired by John Smith [Builder].


Sold to James McHardy [Sheriff Clerk Depute of Lanarkshire] and Allan Fullarton [McHardy lived at 15 Woodside Crescent].


General Feuing Plans of the lands of south Woodside and building design plans prepared by George Smith [Architect in Edinburgh] for James McHardy.


Agreement between James McHardy and Thomas Herbertson [Builder in Glasgow] whereby Herbertson builds speculatively a house on plot No. 56.


The Completed House, 4 Woodside Place, is sold by James McHardy, with the consent of Thomas Herberston, to Donald Smith [Manager of the Western Bank of Scotland] for £1,900. [Donald Smith lived at the time at 16 Woodside Terrace. The Western Bank of Scotland went into liquidation in 1857].


Sold to David Chapman [Merchant] for £1,999 19s. A quick 5% “turn” for the Banker!


David Chapman’s son, also David Chapman [Commission Agent of Londonderry], inherits the property and transfers it to Trustees to clear his late Father’s debts.


Property auctioned and sold to David Smith [Merchant] for £2,380.


Sold to George Robertson [Doctor of Medicine] for £2,600.


Dr. George Robertson dies suddenly and the property is inherited by his brother David Robertson [Gardener of Gateside, Paisley].


Sold to Trustees of Marriage Contract between Walter Arrol [16 Dixon Street] and Beatrice May Bateman [of Clapham Park, Surrey] for £3,000. The Trustees were William Auchencloss Arrol [Merchant], Thomas Kennedy [Merchant of 42 Ingram Street], Benjamin Arthur Bateman [Merchant of 50 Cornhill, London] and John Allen Fragley [Manager of Union Bank of Scotland, 62 Cornhill, London].


Sold to James Henderson Nicoll [Consultant Surgeon] For £2,800.


A two-storey Building was added at the lane to rear of Woodside place in 1906. The addition was joined to the main house by a narrow corridor, glazed on its side overlooking an internal courtyard.


Inherited by David John Todd Nicoll [Stockbroker in London].


Sold to Robert Frew Young MB, CHB. [34 Berkeley Terrace] for £4,000.


Sold to Mrs Esther Johnson [551 Sauchiehall Street] for £3,000. The property was then converted into the Bristol Hotel.


Sold to Limmer and Trinidad Lake Asphalt Company Ltd for £8,000


Sold to Shanks and McEwan Ltd. [Contractors & Hauliers] for £25,000.


Sold to H.L Waterman & Partners, Consulting Civil Engineers for £37,500.


Sold to Andrew Nairn Ltd.


Alterations for Andrew Nairn Ltd including conversion of ground floor at lane to garages.


Purchased by Woodside Business Centres Ltd.