Oakley Terrace, Glasgow

William Arrol  and his wife Elizabeth moved into 10 Oakley Terrace, Denniston, Glasgow, in 1880 . For William Arrol the location was ideal.  It was close to his Dalmarnock Iron Works and yet offered the more luxurious and comfortable accommodation to suit his growing prosperity. Their niece, Cecilia Murray, also lived with them in their new home.


Colour postcard of the end of the terrace and church with gardens in foreground.

Postcard of 10 Oakley Terrace.   Image courtesy of Parkhead History website

Oakley Terrace was built by Alexander Dennistoun (1790-1874), a Glasgow merchant who bought land in the East End of Glasgow with the dream of creating a residential suburb made up of elegant terraces, cottages and villas. In 1854 a local architect, James Salmon, drew up plans for the new suburb, but sadly the grand plans for Dennistoun had to be scaled down, as new housing developments in the West End and South Side of Glasgow proved more popular.  A smaller area of the planned grander Villas and Terraces was built and this was gradually surrounded by tenements and encroaching industry. Oakley Terrace was one of these grander terraces, a two storey, south facing terrace of classical design with an ornamental pleasure garden to the front.  It was named after the family of Georgina Oakley, wife of Alexander Dennistoun’s third son.  Number 10 was an end terrace, situated at the corner of Oakley Terrace and Craigpark.

When the Arrol’s moved to Seafield House in Ayr in 1887, 10 Oakley Terrace was retained for William Arrol to use as his  city residence when work demanded.  The 1891 census indicates that at some time between 1887 and 1898 the house was occupied by Jean Arrol, a cousin of William Arrol,  who would have looked after the house for him.   Cecila Murray had also moved with the Arrols to Seafield House but when she married in 1898, 10 Oakley Terrace again became her home, this time with her husband William Millar, a Master Tanner with a business in nearby Duke Street.

The United Presbyterian Church across the road burned down in 1983 but 10 Oakley Terrace survives today and, from the exterior, has changed very little in appearance.

1881 Census

William Arrol (age 42 years, an Engineer and Contractor, employing 200 men)

Elizabeth Arrol (his wife, age 42 years)

Cecilia Murray (niece,  age 5 years, attending School)

1891 Census

Jean Arrol (age 45 years, cousin of William Arrol)

Agnes Carlyle (age 23 years, General servant)

1901 Census

William S Millar (age 27 years, Tanner)

Cecila M Millar (age 28 years, his Wife)

William A Millar (age 1 year, their Son)

Helen Wilson (age 36 years, Cook – domestic)

Elizabeth G Park (age 28 years, Nurse – domestic)

Agnes Robertson (age 25 years, Table Maid – domestic)