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Westerton, 25-39 (Odd Nos) Maxwell Avenue

A Category B Listed Building in Bearsden, East Dunbartonshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 55.9079 / 55°54'28"N

Longitude: -4.3364 / 4°20'10"W

OS Eastings: 254048

OS Northings: 670782

OS Grid: NS540707

Mapcode National: GBR 021.1X

Mapcode Global: WH3NV.CR9R

Entry Name: Westerton, 25-39 (Odd Nos) Maxwell Avenue

Listing Date: 30 June 1988

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 357624

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB22151

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Bearsden

County: East Dunbartonshire

Town: Bearsden

Electoral Ward: Bearsden South

Traditional County: Dunbartonshire

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Description

J A W Grant with Raymond Unwin as consultant. Built 1913/15. English Arts & Crafts. Single storey and attic. Symmetrical 6-house block. Harled, with timber-framed attic gables near either end, stacks are set below apex, and are harled at outer gables otherwise exposed brickwork; slate roofs; tripartite windows at ground with small-paned upper sashes mostly surviving, varied eaves-line, roof swept and timber-bracketted over inner doors; flat roofed dormers with some glazing alterations.

Porch recessed on either flank.

Statement of Interest

Westerton is of interest because it's a rare example in Scotland of a pre-Housing Act garden suburb on the English 'ideal village' model, and where the village was organised on a co-ownership basis. J A W Grant was architect, but Raymond Unwin, pioneer in housing design, acted as consultant and his influence on the scheme was significant, most obviously in the very English detailing.

In 1911 the Glasgow Garden suburb tenant's society was formed to promote the principles realised at Westerton. The foundation stone was laid on 19 April 1912 and by 1915, 84 houses (all but, roughly, 2) were in occupation. The buildings have survived in a little-altered condition, with most original doors and glazing retained.

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