Auchentibber Housing & Drainage


Browns Land and Peesweep 1910

1910 Map Marked up to put into context

I’ve recently uncovered a further piece of the jigsaw which saw the fate of Auchentibber sealed.

In June 1928, a petition by a number of residents of Auchentibber (still being referred to as Auchintibber in the 1920s) was presented to the District Committee. The petition was to raise concerns that the dwindling community in Blantyre’s most Southerly upper hamlet should be considered for a brand new housing scheme.

On Friday 6th July 1928, the clerk reminded the committee that the decision had already been taken NOT to build new houses at Auchentibber, but instead to consider moving tenants to new homes at Auchinraith Road. (This was around the new homes built by then at Springwells facing on to Auchinraith Road) The proposal was made on the basis that the Auchentibber tenants be dispossessed through the closing of the insanitary houses at Auchentibber. By this time, Closing orders had recently been passed in respect of 28 insanitary houses at Auchentibber and it was proposed to remove the tenants from these houses to the houses which had been built for them at the Auchinraith site.

This was a particularly destructive time for Auchentibber and the demolition of these homes were carried out, never to be replaced.

At that same Committee, it was explained that in April 1927, the District Engineer had reported on the proposal to form a special drainage district for Auchentibber, showing that such a scheme would entail an addition to the public health rate of 0.11d per £, and if the proposed district had to bear the whole cost of the scheme, the rate would require to be 27/3 per £.

Mr. AB Maxwell spoke up stating that arrangements might be made for accommodating tenants from High Dykehead and Udston at Auchentibber, in the event of further houses being erected there but the matter was delayed in respect of the Hamilton representative was not at the meeting. (Had he been there, perhaps approval would have been given for the new homes at Auchentibber!)

The petition submitted had 71 signatures, all ratepayers resident in Auchentibber. The clerk reminded the committee that the area of Auchenitbber had previous drainage and sewerage problems. Owing to the lack of industry by then at Auchentibber, the Committee agreed there was no justification in providing new homes there or indeed an expensive drainage solution.

The Committee concluded that the 28 Auchentibber homes would be demolished (i think most likely Craig Row and Peesweep?), no new homes would be built and that residents would be moved to the 26 new homes they had built at Auchinraith Road. It was noted that although available, the tenants at Auchentibber had not yet taken advantage of the move, perhaps a suggestion of them waiting to see if their petition for new homes would be successful.

Mr. AB Maxwell, (Councillor of Blantyre) was the sole person in favour on the Committee of forming new homes and protecting the community being retained at Auchenitbber. Outvoted, the deconstruction of Auchentibber officially commenced.

From “Blantyre Explained” by Paul Veverka (c) 2016 All rights reserved

On social media:

Barb Hicks Hi Paul, I was very interested in you post about the housing at Auchentibber in the 1920 my mums family lived there till 1926 , I think and migrated to Australia mum was two years old , I wonder if maybe that was the reason they migrated, they were Mary and John Potter, if you happen to come across any thing on the family I would appreciate it Kind Regards Barb Hicks

The Blantyre Project Story of the Potters of Auchenitbber is here…/ww1-farewell…/ will need to look if they are connected

On 12th January Lisa Ashford-Potter contacted me with the following message, “Hi, I wanted to…
Barb Hicks Thank you Paul .

Jane Clacy I was born I peeweeps row .Thanks for information.

The Blantyre Project Jane – do you know what year or roughly when the row was demolished? How amazing…i’ve never known anybody on this page to be born at that location.

Jim Cochrane Sounds like people acepted it to easy then ,as they probably Could have taken the council to court.

Jane Clacy Hi I might have the wrong row we were on the right hand side after the war memorial . There was a row opposite which was in ruins . I lived there til I was four and spent a brief time at Auchintiber school . All the flats were occupied . I have fond memories of that time

Janet Cochrane Most of the houses were still occupied in the early 50s people must have been reluctant to move. They only had outside toilets at that time. Most of them were moved to the Coatshill scheme when it was built. Jane is talking about the late forties early 50s

Janet Cochrane The Trusslers had their Woodward behind the houses on the right hand side after the monument the mother and father lived in the house Frank and Bob lived in Blantyre. F ranks children came to work with him in the morning and went to Auchentibber school

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