This previously unseen photo was taken with exceptional clarity in 1947. As WW2 ended, the Priory Bing had partially collapsed into the River Clyde, blocking part of the river. That happened just out the photo to the left. Above and out the photo was Bothwell Castle.
Looking round to the right we see the Priory woodlands, a combination of old and relatively young trees forming the plantations all along the riverbank. Coal and slag spills down the bing into the woodland itself and its easy to find remains of that today.
Of course, the massive bing, perhaps the largest man made object ever to appear in Blantyre was eventually removed and is today the Priory Playing fields. That strip of dense woodland leading steeply down to the Clyde is still there today.
Extracts from “Blantyre Explained” by Paul Veverka (c) 2017
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