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Westerton, 41-49 (Odd Nos) Maxwell Avenue

A Category C Listed Building in Bearsden, East Dunbartonshire

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Latitude: 55.9078 / 55°54'27"N

Longitude: -4.3363 / 4°20'10"W

OS Eastings: 254053

OS Northings: 670762

OS Grid: NS540707

Mapcode National: GBR 021.2Z

Mapcode Global: WH3NV.CRBX

Entry Name: Westerton, 41-49 (Odd Nos) Maxwell Avenue

Listing Date: 30 June 1988

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 357626

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB22152

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Bearsden

County: East Dunbartonshire

Town: Bearsden

Electoral Ward: Bearsden South

Traditional County: Dunbartonshire

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J A W Grant with Raymond Unwin as consultant. Built 1913/15. English Arts and Crafts. 5-house block in symmetrical arrangement; single storey and attic, advanced centre gable with flat-canopied door to right; main roof deep-eaved and timber-bracketted on either side; tripartite windows, the outer set in shallow projecting bays, still below eaves. Harled; small-paned upper sashes at ground; flat-roofed

dormer; stacks set below apex; red-tile roofs.

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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