Running from the north east of the city centre out towards the ‘Kingsway’ - Dundee’s most significant highway - Stobswell is a former hamlet and present residential district in central Dundee. Like Lochee, Craigiebank and Law around it, it was formerly entirely separate from the city itself (in fact the name Stob is derived from its location a mile from Dundee itself) but got overrun by the swelling of Dundee during the industrial revolution.
Stobswell is home to roughly 10,000 residents, making it a similar size to neighbour Hilltown. Its history is also similar to Hilltown’s (and much of the rest of the areas surrounding Dundee’s city centre), it grew as a home to those working in the city’s Jute Mills during the industrial revolution. Stobswell was also home to a major poorhouse in Dundee, the East Dundee Poorhouse built in 1856.
The area is home to some student flats, and it is located less than a mile from the campus of the University of Abertay (the University of Dundee is a little further, but still within walking distance from Stobswell). Dundee College’s Melrose Campus is located in Stobswell itself.
It’s not just students that make up the area though, and two primary schools (Glebeland and Clepington) feed into a single secondary (Morgan Academy, in the building of the former Morgan Hospital built in 1868), making Stobswell a good destination for families.