I’m guessing this brilliant photo was taken in the late 1950’s. Pictured, unusually for the time in colour is High Blantyre’s Main Street. The Baptist Church (the wee tin kirk) is pictured before the current building was constructed.
I’ve not seen many photos of the 1950’s and 1960’s streets in Blantyre, so this one is a rare gem. In the background is Todd’s Bakery, which would become an ice cream shop and plumbers. Behind it, you can just about make out the former McLeans Aerated Mineral Water works, although by this time the buildings were being used as warehouse storage.
Out the scene in the foreground are the police houses, which at the time of this photo, must have been relatively new.
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Margaret Nimmo Lehmann Another name from the past Margaret, I had forgotten about Yvonne till you mentioned her here. I remember the police houses and Church building, walking pas them everyday.
Elizabeth Weaver Yes, that’s the church I remember. Not sure when the police houses were built but I thought they were there all through my childhood (and I was born in 1947). The air raid siren used to sound regularly from the police houses (just for testing purposes by then). Brian Weaver, can you confirm? Or is your old sister losing her marbles? 🙂 The photo does look like late 50s, judging by the clothes.
Helen Williams That was the church I attended, can remember the room at the front for the kids Sunday School..
Margaret Lindner Remember it well . Used to go to the Sunday school .
Margaret Elma Griffin The Police houses were there in the early 50s I remember the siren on the roof used to pass them most days on my way to School although sometimes had a change and went through High Blantyre Park it will always be High Blantyre Park to me don’t know where Kirkton came from