How different Main Street looked even in relatively modern times! This photo and others coming shortly were taken in the mid 1980’s by Gordon Cook, kindly shared here and features High Blantyre’s Main Street looking north.
This was a time before the block of shops containing Ladbrokes, D&J Rodger Butchers, Jinxys and Gilbride Chemist. In fact that area is the green field you see in front of you!
On the left the tenement ‘Meadow View’ still stands, now housing Shanghai Wok, Kathy’s and Snips. BUT…can you name the shops pictured in the 1980s?
Beyond the billboard, with no flats built yet, is the more familiar Blakely’s building. In the foreground and far right is a former 2 storey tenement that faced directly on to Broompark Road junction. Can anybody tell me more about that particular building?
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Alan Baird so how was it held up with ?
Margo Clayton Shanghai wok was the building my great grandfather, David Ritchie, owned. The Ritchie family lived there until it was sold in the early to mid 1980’s. This is the man who took the early High Blantyre photos Alex gave you. Think it has been a Chinese take away since it was sold.
Jackie MacDonald Yes it was. My dad Hugh mcdade n his wife Anne ran it. Her mum had post office next door.