Westwood house, East Kilbride

I've been adding photos of Westwood to my East Kilbride Flickr set. There's a little estate there, I'm not even sure what it's called - the Windward Estate, possibly. Anyway, it's lovely. Little coloured houses, all in a row. A bit like the Span houses in Kent. It's sort of on my way to work (by sort of, I mean not really, but I'm willing to go out of my way) and catching a glimpse of it every morning sets me up for a good day. This general area is Roddy Frame's old stamping ground - the Westwood he sings about in Somewhere in my heart. The rest of the houses are fairly normal though. If he'd grown up in these ones I imagine Aztec Camera would have sounded more like OMD.

So I've decided that the the archaeology of East Kilbride is my new project. I go through there every day and would like to know more about it. I'm intrigued by the ideals and planning that created it. Are any of you from EK? I'd love to know what it's like to grow up in a new town. I'm planning some more photo trips whenever I've got a day off and the weather's decent - could be a long wait knowing the EK climate. Plus some proper research with the archives at the council and everything, but does anyone have any EK inside knowledge that they'd like to share first? Anyone looking for an overview should check out East Kilbride, Scotland's first new town.

Thought you might like this : http://www.vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=99392

Thanks Simon, although I only lasted about 40 seconds. He was freaking me out.

When my grand parents moved to East Kilbride in 1956 some roads were unfinished and still dirt tracks - they had a view of fields for a while until the town grew larger. I've posted a couple of pictures on my flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/maraid/236907717/ and http://www.flickr.com/photos/maraid/236907483/

this picture is from Winward rd, the area is called Dunedin across the road from the Westwood area. i used to live just down the road.

East Kilbride's houses and planning are very much based on Canadian ways of doing things. a result of Expo67 - http://expo67.ncf.ca/ i believe East kilbride is meant to be the city with the most roundabouts in UK, hence it's nickname 'polo mint city'.

a taxi driver once told me, you can always tell someone's from East Kilbride because they have snow on there head.

i have a few pictures on my flickr.

Jane, they're lovely photos. Thanks for sharing.

Kayne - thanks for solving the mystery. Dunedin is a nice name, and peculiarly one of my favourite places ever(in NZ). Lovely Expo site too but EK was started in the 50s so isn't the timing a bit out?

yes, i think it was just a village at first. somehow, in the run up to Expo67, i think they drew influence from Canada and built some of the stuff your pictures so beautifully capture. the idea of an open plan gardens like the picture above was never a british thing.

i think thats the way the story goes anyway, i was recently pulling up the flooring of our house (just down the road) and underneath the carpet and old 60's lino was an underlay of newspapers from 1964.

'open plan garden' as in, no hedge or front wall and gate.

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