Pictured here in 1930 is High Blantyre Train Station looking northwards. The long shadows falling west, suggests the photo was taken one morning in that Winter.
The signs say “Cross the Railway on the Bridge only” a drive towards removing the accidents that once frequented Blantyre’s railways from pedestrian traffic. The line curves over Main Street and onward behind the Primary school at Hunthill Road. Some people have queried this picture in the past, and I’ve read incorrectly that its Low Blantyre, but the sign on my high resolution copy clearly says “High Blantyre” and the location is known to me from historical research. Built in 1863, closing in 1945 to pedestrians, the whole scene is perhaps one of the most radically different by comparison to today, in ALL of Blantyre. Indeed , from this modern photo i’ve attached, the scene now near Craigmuir is entirely different.
This subject of how Blantyre has changed is particularly interesting to me in recent months, for it is the subject of my next book. A different direction for me…. a publication called “Blantyre, – Now and then“. Coming in 2016, the book will be entirely pictorial with few words. In high resolution it will feature Blantyre’s old postcards and photos and my modern day equivalent, taken from exactly the same perspective in 2015. This type of book hasn’t been attempted before, so I’m intent on making it as large as possible with many hundreds of locations to capture change in our town. Unlike this google snapshot, the 2015 photos will be my own photographs.
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