This photo dates from around 1900. A delivery outside the Auchentibber Inn (and no doubt some of the people inside, coming out for a photo opportunity!). The Auchentibber Inn sat about halfway up Sydes Brae, on the corner of Auchentibber Road.The small, single storey building was made of stone and the gable you see here in the photo faced on to Sydes Brae itself. The little fence and wall you see on the left at the background is approximately were the war monument is today.
The Inn’s most famous character was JB Struthers, a respected and well known Wine merchant, who also had other business interests around Blantyre, notably in Stonefield Road and Main Street. Behind this Inn at the time of this photo, was the quoiting green and Italian Gardens.