The Torrance Grocery


1903-logan-street-wmLets talk about the little piece of green land at the corner of Glasgow Road and Logan Street near the petrol Station. Many people will remember the old post office that used to stand there, opening in 1953, demolished in the early 1980s.

Before that was Turner’s Building and at that very corner a shop called Browns, which is known to exist from 1910 onwards.

However, EVEN before that time, Brown’s shop was known in the 1880’s and 1890’s from the time it was built, as The Torrance Grocery.

John.M. Torrance was still the grocer as late as 1903. Across Glasgow Road was McAlpine’s building. The Torrance Grocery would have looked across to the Priory Public House at the other side of Logan Street.

This old photo actually shows the former sign on the corner of Logan Street from that era around 1900.

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

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  1. I see from this post that Brown’s Stores was known to exist from 1910 – I wonder if you have further information concerning this? As explained to you back in 2014, my husband’s grandfather Samuel Alexander Brown ran this shop until he died in the 1921 and it was subsequently run by his wife, Elsie Blair Brown (nee Meek). I have always wondered when he took the shop over and whether, perhaps, it was a family business before he took it over. In 1911, when Samuel & Elsie married, he was listed as a mason on the marriage certificate.

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