1904 High Blantyre Main Street near Cross

This excellent photo is shared here in the highest possible resolution. Using new software on my computer, I was able to zoom in on the detail and create several other smaller photos, highlighting areas of interest. The date is 1904, and the location is Main Street, High Blantyre looking west.

The building on the left foreground was a bakery owned by McKenzies. Beyond that the little single storey, low building, (now one of the oldest buildings on Main Street remaining) was built in 1823 and is currently ruined with the roof collapsed in. Figures walk over the crest of the Street at Kirkton Cross a full decade before any world war. To the right is Speirs Laun and in the foreground, a stone wall, which is now the entrance to Lomond View Flats. So much character and commerce in this photo. Blantyre Main Street at this location is a shadow of its former self.

On social media:

  • KellyAnn Maguire Ramsay The main street is horrible nowadays, bring back the quint homes and businesses!

  • Jean Boyd These photo’s are amazing, I just love to see how High Blantyre used to look, it looked so lovely.
  • James Stirling brilliant

4 responses to “Welcome to the Blantyre Project

  1. Wilma and her parents lived next door to my sister Alice. Perfect neighbours and a lovely family. I remember Wilma from Calder Street school.
    Chatted with her parents a few times over the fence on some of my trips. 1982 when I was back for the Junior Cup final, which of course, the ‘VICS won! A bit more than a chat, more like a blether!

  2. I am in touch with Hughina now and again via e mail, I met up with Hughina a few years ago for lunch at the Avonbridge in Hamilton during one of my trips. A lovely lady.
    She has 2 sons who share my passion in football.

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