Origins of Jackson Street


Jackson st 1962   Jackson Street was a small dead end street of the 20th Century that developed from a field boundary of the former Springwell Farm. Branching off to the South of Glasgow Road it was suggested to the writer that the street may have taken its name from former Councilor Jackson of Bardykes, who did so much to improve the streets of Blantyre in the early 20th Century. This seems plausible but it is far more likely given the association with nearby Herbertson Street that the name Jackson was honouring the last family to own this land at Springwell Farm.

   Aside from the Co-op buildings, there were a few homes on the east and western side. There was also a mission hall at the south western side, but this being too far off course for our Glasgow Road book, we’ll leave that to be explored in another book at a later date.

   Jackson Street disappeared from maps and from postal addresses in 1980 when the Glasgow Road Industrial Estate was built over it.

From the book, “Blantyre Glasgow Road South – The Real Story” by Paul Veverka (c) 2017

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  1. Hello Paul
    I follow any references to the Jacksons of Blantyre with great interest. My ggggrandmother was Agnes Jackson, who married Thomas Gemmell.
    Agnes was the only living sister of Margaret Jackson who married Arthur Herbertson.
    My sister recently found that Arthur Herbertson Jackson came out to Victoria, Australia, where he died, an alcoholic, aged 39 years. Newspaper reports said he came from Spittal, in ‘Cumbuslang’. Arthur was classed as a gentleman, when he died, and left monies over 1000 pounds, to his mother, Janet, and some others. He had never married.
    His mother was Janet Jackson, née Herbertson, who had married Andrew Jackson. You had written of the Herbertson tragedy some time ago.
    I don’t think Janet and Andrew Jackson had any grandchildren to carry their name, as their children seem to have all died quite young mainly from infectious diseases.
    Those Herbertsons are related to some of us in Australia, through Agnes Gemmell née Jackson’s branch.
    I am really grateful for your articles in relation to my ancestors.
    Bev Smith
    Ps Do you know the practice of dealing with illegitimate births around 1820s?
    A Thomas Gemmell was born to Annie Barr at that time. The lad came to South Australia and made a substantial name for himself. We can’t connect him to our family, but believe he is part of it …..somehow.
    Sorry to be cheeky for any straws you come across.some of Tomas’s children are named Barr Gemmell, in tribute to his grandfather, William Barr of Turnlaw. (?)

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