It would be difficult not to have noticed how quickly the new, private homes are going up at Greenhall Village, High Blantyre. With the first new tenants expected to move in by October and others for Christmas this year, the development of over 190 luxurious houses sees a significant additional area of Blantyre housing being added to.
This is a development close to my own home and as such I took an interest in what’s happening. Even more so when, back in September 2016, Avant Homes contacted me for a meeting, inviting me to come along and make some suggestions for the name of their Village and the name of their new streets. I felt honoured in capacity as a Blantyre history enthusiast to offer some ideas.
Avant were keen for historical names that meant something to the area, rather than going down the route of normal housebuilders (who often just choose pretty names for marketing purposes). It was important to them that the names had to be appropriate to the history of the area. Earlier in the year, I was pleased to learn my suggestion of ‘Greenhall’ being used in the development name was upheld, given the fields were once part of the Greenhall Estate for many hundreds of years, despite proximity to Shott.
However, I was absolutely stunned and thrilled to learn yesterday, Sunday 27th August 2017 from official sources that my names for the streets were ALSO all now approved by the developer and Planning and as such the names of 5 new streets in High Blantyre can be exclusively revealed here!
The Development is split into an upper level and lower, separated by a large retaining wall. The upper level new streets will be:
LADY NANCY CRESCENT – Named after the upper fields across the motorway overlooking down on to the new homes.
LAW KNOWES GARDENS – an old name, called after a field belonging to Greenhall Estate and where Urns and items of antiquity were once found.
The lower level new streets will be :
SHOTT FARM WYND – For obvious reasons to the proximity of the house and enclosure.
SMITHYCROFT WAY – In recognition of the former 1777 cottage and land beside the church.
ARCHERSCROFT PLACE – recognising an ancient name in High Blantyre and acknowledging overlooking the Salveson Estate built on former Archers Croft fields, where once archery was practiced.
I hope I picked some good names and certainly I feel they mean something to Blantyre’s history in relation to the lands that the homes are now being built upon. I’m chuffed to bits!
Attached are some pictures I took on Sunday and some promotional pictures for their lovely houses.