These 4 photos were taken in 1955 from the nearby Auchinraith Bing and feature the timber houses. Streets pictured include Birdsfield Drive and Bellsfield Drive, named after the 2 local farms, bought over by compulsory purchase order, to make room for new housing estates. This followed a shortage of homes in Blantyre that existed from the 1930s.
The Timber houses were approved in June 1938 and commenced construction right after, initially to be completed by 1938. However, construction delays and problems with squatters meant residents didn’t take up their homes until 1939. Each time I think of this, I can’t help but imagine that only another year elapsed, the timber houses likely wouldn’t have been built at this time, due to the outbreak of World War 2. The council had approved 512 new homes throughout Lanarkshire built of this revolutionary new design, of which this Blantyre estate was to receive 50.
The houses in these pictures were only 16 years old. Well kept, in good condition, just as they are today, standing the test of time. At this time, Birdsfield Drive connected Auchinraith Road directly out on to Main Street and was not closed off at the end. In these photos, a bike is parked outside one home, people work away in the gardens, a few Anderson shelters are visible in the back gardens and a group of children congregate at the corner of the street.
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