1978 Stonefield Road


1978 Stonefield Road by S Wilkie wm

This great photo was taken at the bottom of Stonefield Road in the winter of 1978/1979.

Shared here by Sandy Wilkie, it shows some of the more popular shops many of us remember. In the foreground most notably is Mickey’s Cafe and on the opposite side of the close, James Hastie bakers. These shops all got a colourful overhaul in the early 1980’s and of course are no longer here now.

Whats your memories of this area?

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

Teresa McKinnon Mickey’s always put a big Easter egg in one of the windows and all of us poor kids could only dream of ever having one like it.I think he always donated it to charity😋😋

Margaret Elma Griffin Love seeing all the old photos of the Blantyre I remember as a child I also remember the Easter egg in Mickey’s window we used to walk down that way on our way to the Broadway Cinema

Peter McKeown Pedro Love all the old pics was born 1963 so can remember some of them…

Isabel Mcneily Worked in Mickeys, and yes every kid in Blantyre wanted that huge egg, me included. (Isabel Clarkin)

Stephen Anderson Malcolm what year did you have a two door Allegro, this one could be yours, parked across from Craigs lol
Eileen Scott Used to get sent to sweeneys the butchers every saturday think its suntan shop now x
Jim Frame we use to get george kanes buthers van coming around the streets in blantyre
Eileen Scott Cant remember that in burnbrae rd Jim.
Sandy Wilkie An interesting piece of Dairy History was built into the wall just outwith this picture – a refrigerated coin operated slot vending machine that dispensed wee gable top cartons of fresh milk that we filled at Bardykes, each sealed with a s/s strip over the very “poor” seal, crimped by a hand operated utensil we and and all the milkboys referred to as a “stamper”. You squeezed the jaws together with two hands (if you used only one, the cartons leaked – and what a stink from inside the Milk Marketing Board dispenser when it was unlocked for its daily top up!) whereas the sealing of the glass bottles with the other shape of stamper, was a downward pressure so that the internal rubber ring, clamped the foil cap round the top of the bottle. So there, “here endeth the lesson by Sandy” on the wee machine on Micky, Tommy, Nancy and Velma’s cafe! Am I right that Velma still lives in Valerio Court, where the shop once stood?

Blantyre Project was that beside the cigarette vending machines Sandy?Manage
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Sandy Wilkie It was. Might even have been replaced by the second cigarette machine – hard to believe, I know but he sold more fags then my kind of White Stuff!
Stevie Mclean Velma has moved into Kirk care and still doing Great, still living an independent life.

Robert Stewart What an epic explanation Sandy 🤡

Sandy Wilkie You should remember it Robert, just round the corner from you! Cheers.
Sandy Wilkie Thanks for that Stevie – I might see Carmen next week as I’ve dealt with her husband Rog, a journalist with the Herald!
Margaret Sanderson After getting a tooth pulled, by Mr Haddow, my mum would take me into Mickey’s for cone.

John Cornfield My old stomping ground

Kevin Law Was there a close between the cafe and Hasties?

Blantyre Project an attack took place in that close in 1937. Here’s the story

Francis Brown, a young man in custody, appeared for trial before Sheriff Brown and a jury in Hamilton Sheriff Court on Thursday 25th February 1937 on a charge of assault to the danger of life. The indictment libelled that on Ist January, 1937 in the pend close at 5 Stonefield Road (shown by a red arrow on my photo), the accused assaulted John Liddell Hamill, 30 Maxwell Crescent, High Blantyre, and struck him on the head with iron banister rod or other blunt instrument, to his severe injury and to the danger of his life. Accused tendered a plea of not guilty, and was defended by Mr J. C. Pollock, writer, Hamilton, while Mr J. C. Patterson, procurator-fiscal, conducted the case for the Crown.

Giving evidence the complainer (Hamill) said that after first-footing his mother on New Years Day, he left her house along with his wife and daughter, and Alex. Scales, his nephew. Near the pend he met the accused, who said ” A happy New Year to you, Jock,” and witness replied ” the same to you.” Nothing more was said, and accused called back to him, ” You are _____dummy.” Accused then came up behind him and said, ” All belonging to you are _____dummies.” John went into the close to ask Francis for an explanation of that remark. ” There I was struck,” said John. “I do not remember anything further until I regained consciousness in the house of Wilson.“

John was taken to Glasgow Royal Infirmary and detained there for four weeks. In cross-examination by Mr Pollock, John said he was not drunk when he met Francis.

John Cowan Wilson (doctor in Blantyre), said that there was a wound two inches long on the front to John Hamill’s right temple extending down and forward, and fracture of the bone above the right orbit. John thought the injury might be dangerous to life, but it was for the Infirmary people to speak definitely on that point. Alexander Scales (18), a witnessing steel worker, 41 Cador Street, Cambuslang, said that the condition of the party with regard to alcohol was not too bad. Witness heard Francis say to Hamill “ Are you well deaf?” Francis muttered something else. “Hamill drew out to hit Francis,‘” declared witness, ” but I stepped in between the two men and stopped the blow.” The accused ran away and complainer made after him into the close. ” Just as I approached I saw Francis leaving the close with a weapon in his hand. I saw my uncle John lying on the ground. He was unconscious and bleeding pretty badly.”

Elizabeth Hamill (18), domestic servant, daughter of John, gave evidence of a corroborative nature. As a witness, she added that her father tripped, ran to the close, and at the close he fell again, and he got and turned to come away. A man, coming from the building at the back, then struck her father over the head with a bar. Dr John A. Melvin, visiting surgeon to Glasgow Royal Infirmary, expressed opinion that Hamill’s life was very definitely in danger. The nature of the fracture indicated that sharp weapon must have been used. That, to witness’s mind, indicated was most unlikely the wound was caused by a fall. It is unknown what sentence Francis was given.

Sylvia Mclaughlin These stories are great! Never to be forgotten
Elizabeth Lovatt Great memories of my friends and I sneeking off to Mickies for ice cream and mars bar…..lol

Robert Henderson I stayed just off stonfield rd and can remember the paper shop and jùst up from it was the butchers .used to go to Mickey every Sat with my pocket money
Elaine Anderson I remember going to Hasties with my wee maw for an ice cream cone type thing with mallow in it instead of ice cream and sprinkles on top!! And Wullie Pates for a Daily Record… then later working in Clyde Star with Sylvia… good memories! Linda ❤️

Sylvia Mclaughlin Aw the Best memories 😘

Catherine McInnes I Remember my husband ( then boyfriend ) taking me in There for a coffee in 1975 lol
Lisa McFadyen Smooth Uncle Joe! 🙈 xx

Catherine McInnes Funny how things stick in your mind Lisa xx
Anton Le Grandier Ahh Mickeys-wonderful place and wonderful ice-cream.Memories…….remember Nancy Valerio and all the wonderful jars of sweets.Also mind getting well fired rolls from Hasties.😌

Gina Mcghee Loved the hot roasted nuts from Mickeys
Hannah Mcaleenan And the hot orange or Mars on ice yum yum
Bernadette Mcparland Ice cream floats were the best.
Janette Moran Who lived in the houses above hasties. I remember visiting there with my parents
Helen Lawson Taylor Loved his ice cream and mars bar .
cream with Mars and raspberry sauce 👍👍

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