Looking South, the photo is taken from outside the Health Institute. The homes were fairly new and the county council established a popular playpark pictured here on the left. Children and prams play on the wide road, which looks like it had just been extensively upgraded. A traffic free scene, it looks eerily quiet by today’s standards.
Victoria Street was named shortly after 1901 following the death of Queen Victoria. In a decade of huge expansion in Blantyre, old roads were upgraded to create better and cleaner infrastructure. Formerly called the Clay Road, Victoria Street became a vital link between High and Low Blantyre and housed many of Blantyres public buildings, ranging from the Police Station, a School, a hospital and separate medical centre.
The same scene is pictured here recently in 2012. I have to admit, I know which picture I prefer.