Glasgow Road South – Villas

From the illustrated book, “Blantyre Glasgow Road South- The Real Story” by Paul Veverka [Page 506]

Screen Shot 2017-11-22 at 13.56.30          The homes westwards of Rowan Place are mostly large semi or detached houses, built in early 20th Century, although 4 of them were built much earlier in the 19th Century. Furthermore, every now and again, there are a couple of modern bungalows, built as plots have became available. For the best part, many of these old villas, that afforded such quality accommodation are still standing. Almost all of these prominent Glasgow Road houses have their own separate identities, or house names given to them by the original constructors.

   Numbering and addresses along this stretch of Glasgow Road is a complex subject for whilst postal addresses (numbers) were allocated around 1910, the homes received entirely new numbers after the road was widened in the 1930’s, renumbering an unusual move, but not unique by any means.

   Our table below summaries some basic information about these properties and unravels the complexities of the numbering system. Blocks of early tenements further West before the Westend are not included here but explored later in the book. Similarly Springfield Cottage which is accessed by a lane, a little distant from Glasgow Road is not explored in this particular book.

Glasgow Road South – Villas [c=approximation, >=after, <=before]
House Constructed Original Address Post 1930 Address
Bungalow (eastern) 1950’s None 313
Arnot >1906<1909 None 315
Bungalow (western) 1950’s None 315a
Brownlea Cottages (LHS) originally Jeanfield Cottages c 1869 297 319
Brownlea Cottages (RHS)

Originally Jeanfield Cottages

c 1869 299 321
Korek (originally Brownlie) c 1869 301 323
Blairhoyle (orig. Brownlie) c 1869 303 325
Clifton / Hilden / Moraig >1902<1904 305 327
Laurel Cottage >1902<1904 307 329
Oakbank (LHS) >1902<1904 309 331
Oakbank (RHS) >1902<1904 311 333
Campsie View 1903 313 341
House & Glasshouses 1903 315 343
Dalveen >1906<1909 317 345
Daldorch >1906<1909 319 347
Dunedin >1906<1909 321 349
Orwell >1906<1909 323 351

Featuring Blantyre Project Social Media with permission. Strictly not for use by others on or offline, our visitors said,

Moyra Lindsay Eastern was Jimmy French the sewing machine man, Arnott Cottage Mrs Young who owned Bowies fruit shop and western one was her niece Margaret Averrill who took over at the fruit shop. It was maybe built in what was Mrs Youngs garden?

Paul Veverka Hi Moyra. That ties in nicely. The history of each house, certainly the initial decades is explored next throughout this week.

Joan Anderson Arnot is ringing a bell with me. Do you have any records of Sam and Margaret Gilmour living there. They were my uncle and aunt
James Connolly One of the semi detached properties just up from the Parkville on the southern side is or was PADUA which was owned for many years by mrs mc onnell, legendary teacher from st.blanes.
Jane Maxwell I remember vividly my mother taking me to Dr Stewart’s house for stitches in my finger. Unfortunately l can’t remember what house he brought many a Blantyre baby into this world including my sister 3 brothers and myself.

Andy Callaghan He’s responsible for me being here as well Jane. I was born May 1948 in my Gran’s in Hardie St a few months before the introduction of the NHS. As a kid I remember Dr Stewart as kinda grumpy and scary and not the gentlest of men. I preferred the sisters Dr Connaghan and Cassidy.

Jane Maxwell I remember them to and the surgery down Glasgow Road. He was a good doctor though.
Frances Reid I think it called Clifton or something like that I took my young brother and come to Blantyre every Wednesday and pass it I always think about Dr Stewart hope that helps x
Sally Mckean It was Clifton. My gran cleaned his surgery before he moved across Glasgow Road with Dr’s Cassidy and Connaghan. My gran then cleaned in Dr Stewart’s house
Frances Reid isn’t great how you see something and all these memories come back
Margo Clayton Campsie view,dalveen and attached houses were built by the Bowie’s. Presume when it says ‘house and glasshouses’, this would be Bowie’s nursery. 343 has only one bedroom as the gran and grandpa Bowie only needed the one!

Blantyre Project their story coming this week….

Margo Clayton Left Campsie View in 1968!

Jim Ritchie My Gran lived in Woodside

Edward Tonner They would have been great householders then don’t know about now days

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  1. I certain areas ie Lenzie,Bearsden, Drumchapel etc villas were erected . To encourage buyers to move out of Glasgow in the 1890s 1900s with the railway company giving special concessionary tickets to purchasers. I wonder if this happened in Blantyre. The strangest example of this -used occasionally for Victorian/Edwardian film shoots – is a short row of house at Bardowie down station road. The railway is long gone. Also researching the history of Drumchapel. The railway station had a telegraph in the 1890s
    The station had a notice “You May Telegraph From Here”. The station porter delivered telegraphs to the houses at a set fee. Blantyre may have had a similar arrangement. I have details of this regarding Drumchapel.

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