Removal of Auchinraith Bing


In 1967, it was announced that a private firm would be paid 6d per cubic yard for all material they removed from Auchinraith Bing. The firm was Alexander Russell & Company Ltd (of Glasgow).  It was welcome news for the area, for the bing had been sitting there , unchanged and unused since 1931!

Accepting the offer, the County Council were told that it would be unlikely that the full bing could be removed in the timescales and deadline given of December 1968. The news was disappointing to the Council, who had hoped the bing would be entirely levelled to allow them to progress High Blantyre’s redevelopment plan. A road was planned and the council wanted the dirty, reminders of the coal era, gone.

The remainder of the bing was eventually removed in 1974 and 1975 just ahead of the East Kilbride Expressway being built at that location.


Photo is Auchinraith Bing taken in 1958, courtesy of Anthony Smith. The view looks westwards over Blantyre.

Partly from “Blantyre Explained” by Paul Veverka (c) 2018

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

Tom McGuigan Loved playing up the bing. I lived in Burnside crescent. Great memories, it was like a set from Star Trek but not so wooden. Or is that the acting😊

Patricia Hutcheson Docherty I lived in Auchinraith Terrace and loved to play up the bing. Happy days

Margo Lee Gibson My Maw stayed in Burn side crescent, loved the bing xx

Jean Boyle Stayed in the prefabs across from the factories at high blantyre loved playing up the bing 😊

Robert McLeod-Wolohan that was the red bing, and im almost positive frank doonin haulage had something to do with moving it, i used to hang on to the back of their lorries lol correct me if im wrong.

Robert Stewart I’m sure you are right. I know that they removed the Larkfidld bing in 1964 or 65

Catherine Newell I lived in Hawthorn Crescent great place to play

Robert McLeod-Wolohan and im pretty sure they moved they moved the auchinraith 1 as well robert just behind the prefabs.

Mary Sitters What was the name of the bing in Burnbank behind Milton Terrace, Hill street? We left Burnbank in 1958.

Martha Brown We climed the bing we lived ln parkville drive lots of happy days no mobiles then just lots of fun playing out doors

Eleanor Clark We stayed in the pre fabs in Auchenraith Terrace, and my sister went playing on the bing

Robert McLeod-Wolohan i used to play in it all the time, and i remember some parts of it was still hot lol

Catherine Murphy I Lived in the prefab at the top of Parkville Drive the bing was our favourite place to play we would ask the co-op baker for a big bread board so me my sister and three brothers could all sit on it and slide down the peak that was the highest bit of the bing we loved it those were the days

Jane Maxwell I remember it well sis we had some great times playing there, all the kids on the street would be out playing together. Great days.

Liz Doonin I remember you living there Catherine

Marion Anderson A gang of us from Auchinraith Terrace would play up the bing often

Davy Thomson I lived in croftpark crescent,, abd can remember playing in the red bing

Ann Goulden I remember sliding down the bing on a piece of corrugated iron we lived in Auchinraith Terrace

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