Following the Lanarkshire Slum clearance drive of the 1930’s, and the clearing of Merry’s Rows, in 1950 town planners announced a new Street was to be formed where once the miners homes had been.
These were to be modern, spacious double storey homes with gardens, indoor toilets and more than one bedroom.
Elm Street was the name chosen, complimenting nearby new Hawthorn Place leading off and nearby Beech Place just off Auchinraith Road. These names were likely chosen just to reflect nature, greenery and outdoors, a world away from mines, coal and coalmasters and even had a long narrow play park nearby.
Elm Street still exists today, broad and wide connecting Auchinraith Road to Glasgow Road but due to social housing problems, Hawthorn Place and Beech Place were demolished, the land sold off by the council to make way for private housing nearer the Millennium now named Nordic Crescent.
From the book, “Blantyre Glasgow Road South – The Real Story” by Paul Veverka (c) 2017
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