This photo of a newish looking cowshed is from 1930. Shared here by Gordon Cook, this collectors item shows Alex Craig’s new byre at Bellsfield Farm, High Blantyre. This new byre was built in 1930 with a new roof design that prevented dirt collecting upon it. Gordon told me, ” It was different from Priestfield byre as I remember it, in that at Priestfield the door for dumping the dung out was in the middle of the building not at the end, as seen in this one.”
Keen to provide something back to Gordon, I looked at 1910 and 1936 maps to see if i could pinpoint exactly where this was, for of course it is no longer here today. Knowing that the building was built in 1930, it was a case of simply comparing the 2 maps to see what buildings on the farm were new and fit the picture. I concluded that this new byre must have been one of the 2 highlighted buildings shown on the map with red dots.
The Byre would therefore have been located where modern day Meadow Avenue is today, directly behind Matt Boyle’s Pub, off of Main Street.
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