The “Old Man’s Rest” was a timber and glass enclosed shelter dating from post WW2 (check maps) situated near the former entrance of Stonefield Public Park. It stood at the main footpath near the arch, which ran down to the Station Road entrance. It was directly behind the back gardens of numbers 56 and 58 Station Road. It offered good views to the pedalo boating pond.
As well as being a popular rain shelter, older citizens would play dominoes and chess in the little covered building, which I’m sure in summer, would have been very warm. Late Blantyre historian, Neil Gordon’s parents used to live at 56 Station Road. This photo belongs to their family. The little black dots on the photos were corks put on to the telegraph lines at that immediate location only, as Neil’s father was a pigeon fancier and the corks ensured the birds would not be hit as they approached back to the pigeon loft at Station Road.
The colour photo is one from my own family collection. Pictured in 1969 in Stonefield Public Park is my mother Janet. In the background, far left is old mans rest, and more prominently in this photo is the pedalo boating pond and the pitch n putt. What are your memories of this beautiful park?
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