I love this photo of Station Road and suspect it was taken for many reasons, not just its charm. Capturing an everyday scene of horse and cart traffic, not a sign of any vehicle, unlike the parked cars on either side today.
It was taken in 1910, perhaps due to the recent upgrade of the road, which by all accounts around the turn of that Century was amongst the worst muddy quagmire in Blantyre!
The villas look new, their stonework pristine and clean. This was a sign of things on the up for Blantyre, a modern area of large homes close to the train Station that so many people relied upon for business and pleasure. The station’s proximity made these homes valuable and desirable and a far cry from miners homes scattered elsewhere throughout Blantyre.
(c) Blantyre Project
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