This map is of High Blantyre, from the year I was born, 1971. I cant speak from experience about this, so I’m relying on what I’ve heard about this area and of course feel free to comment as always.
The area focuses on Main Street and the top of Hunthill Road at Kirkton Cross. What is immediately apparent is the entrance to School Lane, which was still accessible to cars, as far as the lockup garages shown behind Vals (Carrigans Pub).
Also noticeable is the former Aitkenhead’s Builder Yard and of course the Garage on Main Street next to the Masonic Hall. A circular feature is shown at the top of Douglas Street. I’ve been told this was a flower bed with a path around it. There was also a bench or two to sit on. Around the path was a grass area with more flower beds behind that. All well tended by the council. Today, that area is the modern flats at that junction.
Between 1971 and 1976, as school lane became more dilapidated, the lane was no more than a track, with grass up the middle, overgrown and neglected, and not accessible to vehicles. As the new houses got built afterwards, the School Lane became the back gardens of the houses, but the name was remembered by the renaming of the new lane into the homes as it is known today, “Old Schoolhouse Lane”. What are your memories of this area?
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