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Glasgow, Langside, Myrtle Park, Cathkin Park, Third Lanark Football Ground

Football Ground (20th Century)

Site Name Glasgow, Langside, Myrtle Park, Cathkin Park, Third Lanark Football Ground

Classification Football Ground (20th Century)

Alternative Name(s) Hampden Terrace

Canmore ID 295563

Site Number NS56SE 2230

NGR NS 58964 61933

NGR Description Centred NS 58964 61933

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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  • Council Glasgow, City Of
  • Parish Cathcart (City Of Glasgow)
  • Former Region Strathclyde
  • Former District City Of Glasgow
  • Former County Lanarkshire

Archaeology Notes

NS56SE 2230 centred 58964 61933

Architecture Notes

NS56SE 2230 centred 58964 61933

Cathkin Park football ground is situated to the S of Myrtle Park and 445m N of Hampden Park (NS56SE 110).

All that survives of the ground is the terracing on three sides, the grandstand having been removed.

Cathkin Park was the home of Third Lanark Football Club who went out of business in 1960's. The ground was previously known as Hampden Park (the second of three grounds to bear this name) before Queen's Park sold it to Third Lanark and moved to a new stadium of the same name now situated to the S. Cathkin Park is currently owned by Glasgow City Council and the area is in use as a public park, the football pitch being still in use.

The grandstand was situated on the N side of the ground and is depicted on the Provisional Edition of the OS 25-inch map (Lanarkshire, 1940, sheet xiii).

Information from RCAHMS (DE), August 2008


Aerial Photography (5 May 2008)


Excavation (28 August 2017 - 20 November 2017)

NS 58976 61944 (Cathkin Park) and NS 58751 61970 (Hampden Bowling Club) Playing The Past explores the physical history and built heritage of some of Scotland’s historic sporting sites. A desk-based assessment, geophysical survey and excavation at Cathkin Park and a dedrochronological assessment at Hampden Bowling Club were carried out, 28 August – 20 November 2017, as part of this project. A desk-based assessment was also undertaken for a number of historic sporting sites, focusing on the Cathcart/Crosshill area in S Glasgow. The work consisted of map regression, historical analysis, and a collation of oral histories from local residents and sporting club members.

Part of the assessment included Cathkin Park, home to Third Lanark, which prior to the construction of Cathkin Park Stadium had housed the second incarnation of Hampden Park. Geophysical survey and excavation were carried out within Cathkin Park to investigate the remains of both

Cathkin Park Stadium, and Hampden 2.

The geophysical survey was carried out on the existing pitch and surrounding parkland to the S, whilst excavations focused on the former pavilion of Cathkin Park Stadium. The excavation of two small trenches formed the launch of Scottish Archaeology Month 2017. One of the trenches revealed the brick built remains and possible floor level of the former pavilion, whilst both trenches revealed large amounts of demolition rubble and debris associated with its destruction.

An additional study was carried out at the pavilion of the Hampden Bowling Club, which is located on the site of the original Hampden Park. A dendrochronological assessment was conducted on the roof beams of the current pavilion, as it is believed that the roof of the pavilion was reused from the pavilion of the first Hampden Park. However, there were too few tree rings to allow dendrochronological dating. The assessment did identify construction styles in the roof, and highlighted that further analysis of the construction of the roof and comparison with old photographs would help to establish if the roof is from the original Hampden Pavilion.

Archive and report: NRHE (intended)

Funder: HLF and Historic Environment Scotland

Ian Hill, Helena Gray, Phil Richardson, Iain Pringle, Rebecca Barclay and Coralie Mills – Heritage and Archaeogical Research Practice Ltd and Archaeology Scotland

(Source: DES, Volume 18)


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