Strawhill Road is a short link road with some residential buildings, connecting the Stamperland area of Clarkston to Clarkston Town Centre. The road starts when Hillview Drive changes its name at Busby Road / A727, which is Clarkston's Main Street, and ends when it changes its name again to Stamperland Drive at Stamperland Avenue.
History[edit | edit source]
Strawhill Road came into existence centuries ago. It was then called Slamanshill Road and roughly followed the same route as today before heading up modern day Stamperland Avenue. The road was often used during the early 1800s as a way to avoid the toll booth at Clarkston Toll. A bridge was eventually built for the road over the new railway line in the area in the 1860s. The road was, at this time, diverted to its modern day route almost exactly. Buildings were built on much of the remaining part of the road by the end of the 19th century. Slamanshill Road was renamed to Stamperland Avenue during the Stamperland bungalows development, and this road soon became an integral link between Stamperland and the rest of Clarkston.
The road was renamed to Strawhill Road, as a passing reference to the old name of Slamanshill Road, in the 1950s, during the construction of a semi-detached house on Stamperland Avenue. The road was also diverted to instead turn down Stamperland Drive during this time. A garage was founded off this road around the 1950s also, and in the 1990s this garage shut down and the Strawhill Court care home was built there, with Strawhill Road as the only access road. At some unknown time, the road had the pedestrian bridge known locally as the Wobbly Bridge built alongside it for pedestrians. Traffic lights were also installed so pedestrians could cross more easily here.
Appearance[edit | edit source]
Strawhill Road begins at the Busby Road/A727 dual carriageway at a junction noted for being particularly confusing, with drivers often accidentally blocking each other. The road continues past some Victorian semi detached houses before meeting Strawhill Court. Here the road crosses the railway, just past Clarkston Railway Station. The road goes over the old bridge from when the railway was built, but pedestrians on the only side with a pavement must use the Wobbly Bridge here. The road ends with a footpath to Clarkston station and pedestrian traffic light crossing, with Stamperland Drive ahead. The road ends at an almost-crossroads, with Stamperland Avenue to the left, Stamperland Drive ahead, and Moray Drive to the right.