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St Andrew's Church, Bellshill
St Andrew's Church, Bellshill

Bellshill is a village in North Lanarkshire, Scotland, two miles north of Motherwell. Since 1996, it has been situated in the Greater Glasgow metropolitan area. The town has a population of 30,000 (2001). Image File history File linksMetadata No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File linksMetadata No higher resolution available. ... Location Geography Area Ranked 19th  - Total 470 km²  - % Water  ? Admin HQ Motherwell ISO 3166-2 GB-NLK ONS code 00QZ Demographics Population Ranked 4th  - Total (2006) 323,800  - Density 689 / km² Scottish Gaelic  - Total () {{{Scottish council Gaelic Speakers}}} Politics North Lanarkshire Council http://www. ... This article is about the country. ... , For the former parliamentary constituency, see Motherwell (UK Parliament constituency). ... Greater Glasgow is the conurbation that includes and surrounds the city of Glasgow in the west of Scotland. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... UK Census 2001 logo A nationwide census, commonly known as Census 2001, was conducted in the United Kingdom on Sunday 29 April 2001. ...


The earliest record of settlement in the Bellshill area is a village called Belmill, recorded on a map by Timothy Pont published in 1654. The village consisted of a row of quarry workers' houses owned by Mr. Bell, who owned a stone quarry to the south of Belmill. After the quarry closed, the village disappeared and a settlement developed nearby called Crossgates. About 1810, this new settlement took on the name Bellshill and continued to grow absorbing nearby villages such as Black Moss and Sykehead. Timothy Pont (c 1565 - 1614) was first man to produce a detailed map of Scotland. ...


After the mid-1800s, large coal and iron deposits were discovered nearby and a number of mines opened, the first being the Thankerton mine. This rapidly increased the size of the town, even bringing in immigrants from abroad particularly Lithuania so much so it is sometimes referenced as little Lithuania.[[1]]


A number of railway stations were opened in the area, including Mossend, Fallside and Bell Cross. Mossend is the site of a major railway freight terminal in North Lanarkshire in Scotland [1]. The yard is primarily used by EWS. Mossend Magic Mossend is also home to local legends Scott Ferri and Billy Murray, who invented The Ice-Cream ScooperDooper :) Category: ...


In the 1870s, Bothwell Parochial Board built the two ward Bellshill Hospital. During World War I, the hospital specialised in infection diseases. In 1917, the hospital began to specialise as a maternity hospital, the first in the Lanarkshire area, with new dedicated maternity buildings being opened in 1958 and 1962. The hospital was also the first in the world to have an 'Obstetric Flying Squad'. The hospital was the birth place of many famous faces including politician Robin Cook. footballer Ally McCoist and singer Sheena Easton. The hospital later closed down in 2001 and was demolished in 2003 to make way for new housing developments. According to a report by the Halifax Building Society, in the first quarter of 2005 Bellshill was the UKs property hotspot with a 46% rise in house prices. This took the average property price to £105,698 (according to reports published April 2005). An Obstetric Flying Squad is a form of medical retrieval team that is comprised of a obstetrician, anesthetist, mid-wife and other healthcare personnel who are on-call to attend to mothers with major obstetric complications occurring in the community. ... Robert Finlayson Cook (28 February 1946 – 6 August 2005) was a politician in the British Labour Party. ... Alistair Ally Murdoch McCoist MBE (born September 24, 1962 in Bellshill, North Lanarkshire) is a Scottish former professional football player who played as a striker. ... Sheena Easton (born Sheena Shirley Orr on April 27, 1959, Bellshill, North Lanarkshire, Scotland) is a Scottish two time Grammy Award-winning pop singer and theatre & television actress. ...

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Etymology

Bellshill has an uncertain etymology. Some toponymists suggest the origin may be Celtic baile "town" with an unknown second element, while others suggest it is Old English hyll "hill" with an uncertain first element. The name was recorded as Balenhulle in 1278, suggesting a mixture of Old English and Celtic, but currently, there is no proper etymology. Proto-Indo-European Indo-European studies Celtic languages are a branch of the Indo-European languages. ... Old English redirects here. ... For broader historical context, see 1270s and 13th century. ... Old English redirects here. ... Proto-Indo-European Indo-European studies Celtic languages are a branch of the Indo-European languages. ...


Others point to the fact that it is on a hill, close to what was Mr Bell's Quarry.


Music

Bellshill is also known for its music, especially since the mid 1980s. Bands such as Soup Dragons, BMX Bandits and Teenage Fanclub put Bellshill on the map as an indie rock hot-spot in Scotland. The scene - known as the Bellshill Sound or the Bellshill Beat - was celebrated by influential DJ John Peel in the BBC television series Sounds Of The Suburbs. Bellshill continues to produce well respected and influential independent pop music, with members of current bands Mogwai and De Rosa hailing from the town. The Soup Dragons were a Scottish indie rock band of the late 80s and early 90s. ... BMX Bandits is a Scottish 1960s-influenced guitar pop band who have been making music from 1986 to the present day. ... Teenage Fanclub are a Scottish alternative rock band from Bellshill, near Glasgow, formed in 1989. ... For other persons named John Peel, see John Peel (disambiguation). ... For the Swiss progressive house producer who releases under the name Moogwai, see Chab. ... [[1]] De Rosa are a band from Bellshill, Lanarkshire in Scotland. ...


Notable people from Bellshill

Bellshill is home to Lanarkshire's maternity hospital and although the following people were born there, not all of them have lived in Bellshill. A high number of successful footballers have been born at Bellshill Maternity hospital.


In 1996, a television programme was made about the three world famous football managers who were born in Belshill - Matt Busby, Bill Shankly and Jock Stein. This programme featured interviews with several friends and former neighbours of each of the featured managers. Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ...

Brian John McClair (born December 8, 1963) in Bellshill, Scotland) is a former Scottish international soccer player, notable for his near eleven-year spell at Manchester United F.C., as well as important tenures at Scottish clubs Celtic F.C. and Motherwell F.C.. During his period at Manchester United... Alistair Ally Murdoch McCoist MBE (born September 24, 1962 in Bellshill, North Lanarkshire) is a Scottish former professional football player who played as a striker. ... Stephen Smith, Steve Smith, or Steven Smith may refer to: In sports: Steve Smith (Carolina Panthers) (born 1979), American football player Steve Smith (running back) (born 1965), American football player Steve Smith (New York Giants) (born 1985), American football player Stephen Smith (footballer), nineteenth-century English international footballer Steve Smith... John Reid PC (born 8 May 1947) is a British politician who is Home Secretary and Member of Parliament (MP) for the Scottish constituency of Airdrie and Shotts in the United Kingdom. ... Sheena Easton (born Sheena Shirley Orr on April 27, 1959, Bellshill, North Lanarkshire, Scotland) is a Scottish two time Grammy Award-winning pop singer and theatre & television actress. ... Teenage Fanclub are a Scottish alternative rock band from Bellshill, near Glasgow, formed in 1989. ... Kenny Arthur (born 7 December 1978 in Bellshill) is a Scottish professional footballer and his position is Goalkeeper. ... Robert Finlayson Cook (28 February 1946 – 6 August 2005) was a politician in the British Labour Party. ... Sir Matthew Busby (Orbiston, Glasgow May 26, 1909 - January 20, 1994) was a football player and manager, most noted for his spell managing Manchester United F.C. during the 1950s and 1960s As a player, Busby enjoyed spells at Manchester City F.C and Liverpool F.C. and played at... External reference Cricinfo page on Mike Denness Categories: Cricket stubs | 1940 births | Scottish cricketers | English cricketers | English batsmen | Kent cricketers | Essex cricketers | English ODI cricketers | English test cricketers | English cricket captains | Wisden Cricketers of the Year ... BMX Bandits is a Scottish 1960s-influenced guitar pop band who have been making music from 1986 to the present day. ... Henry Dyer (1848 - 1918) studied at Glasgow University from 1868 after serving an apprenticeship in a Glasgow engineering works. ... Barry Ferguson, MBE (born February 2, 1978 in Hamilton, South Lanarkshire) is a Scottish professional footballer who plays in midfield. ... Tom Cowan, born August 28, 1969 in Bellshill, Scotland is a former professional footballer who played as a defender. ... Craig Brown CBE (born July 1, 1940 in Lanarkshire) is a former Scottish professional football player and is currently employed in a director of football-style role at English club Fulham. ... Derek Ferguson (born 31 July 1967, in Glasgow) is a former Scottish footballer who is currently assistant manager of Stranraer. ... Paul McGuigan (born 1963-09-19 in Bellshill, Scotland) is a Scottish filmmaker. ... Tom McKean (born 27 October 1963) is a former Scottish middle distance runner who won the European Championships 800m gold medal at Split in 1990. ... William Billy McNeill MBE (born March 2, 1940) is a former Scottish footballer and manager. ... The Soup Dragons were a Scottish indie rock band of the late 80s and early 90s. ... Harry Stanley (1953 - 22 September 1999) was a painter and decorator mistakenly shot dead by the police. ... [[1]] De Rosa are a band from Bellshill, Lanarkshire in Scotland. ... John McCusker is a Scottish folk musician. ... Malky MacKay (born February 19, 1972 in Bellshill) is a professional Scottish football player. ... Peter Grant (born 30 August 1965 in Bellshill, Scotland) is a former footballer and was, until October 2007, manager of Norwich City. ...

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Coordinates: 55°49′N, 4°01′W Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ...


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The present town of Bellshill stands on land owned by the crown until 1135 when David Olifard, a godson of King David 1, relinquished his estate in Herefordshire in exchange for all the lands between the North and South Calder Waters.
This area ran from the west side of Uddingston to the boundary of the Lothians and was presided over from the 12th century tower house of Orbiston until 1242.
The original village of Bellshill, situated at the east end of Viewpark, was formed by a row of quarry workers houses belonging to a Mr bell who owned the stone quarry that lay to the south of the village.
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