At 353 – 367 Glasgow Road in front of a contemporary bus stop are 8 modern flats, located in two identical blocks of same shape and size. A small lane, inaccessible to vehicles separates them in the middle, linking Glasgow Road pavements to Poplar Place behind.
The site they occupy was once greenfield, never previously built upon until their construction.
Brick built by private developers Loretta Housing, prior to the Millennium, the flats have secure entrances and have been modeled on the adjacent older properties Dunedin and Orwell (now Larchmont). They feature the same high pitched roofs with matching timber ornate details at the upper reaches of each ridge. You had to apply via Church of Scotland or RC Church to be offered a home there initially.
Whilst pleasing in design, they somewhat lack the charm of the older stone villas adjacent, but are still kept tidy, well maintained and offer excellent family accommodation.
From the book, “Blantyre Glasgow Road South – The Real Story” by Paul Veverka (c) 2017
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