What a difference a decade makes! This the eastern middle of Stonefield Road back around 2006. The location is the former Letham’s Garage, and until i saw this photo, i forgot that a brick wall was along the pavement for much of this vacant land.
Today, it has a couple of unfinished homes on it, allegedly abandoned due to contaminated ground from the former oil and gas works, which existed prior to the bus garage but more likely a casualty of the recession. However, on Monday 7th March, scaffolding went back up around the homes and workmen progressed works on the roofs. Security fencing was put around the site and excavators rolled in to progress the development, which will soon see a new street in Blantyre with 18 new homes.
On 5th November 1921, part of the front wall was damaged, and so were nearby homes when a large explosion in the gas works erupted during the night. The blast could be heard for 7 miles away.
What are your memories of Lethams or indeed, this site?
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Also, as Richie said, the entrance to the Jack was around here. The biggest bonfire Blantyre had ever seen! 😂🔥🔥🔥