Hannah’s Shop


1980s Hannahs Shop wmThere once was a little shop, just over the Parish Boundary at High Blantyre.

Beyond the Parkburn, in Hamilton Parish at the corner of High Blantyre Road and Russell Street sat a little wooden green building, which was known locally as Hannah’s Shop.

From the 1950’s through to the 1980’s, Mr Hannah owned this little sweetie shop. He sold Sweets, Tobacco and other provisions.

Historic Hamilton’s Facebook page has covered this subject and added, “Mr Hannah would sit in his shop and he loved his pipe. He would often be sitting puffing away when you walked in. He also owned the pidgeon huts just up the road a bit, some of you may remember that the pigeon huts were built on stilts, as they were built on the hill next to the burn that separates Hamilton & High Blantyre.”

The shop is now demolished and of course Russell Street is now a dead end closed off at High Blantyre Road junction.

What are your memories of Mr Hannah’s sweetie shop?

Photo Courtesy: G Lee.

Featuringย Blantyre Project Social Mediaย with permission. Strictly not for use by others on or offline, our visitors said:

Margaret Liddle I went in every morning on way to work at Stevensons carpet factory in Burnbank, I remember Mr Hannah and the pigeon huts I passed them every morning I lived just up the road on Main Street.

Jan McFarlane Remember him sitting outside smoking his pipe . I went to Glenlee School with Robert Hannah. Happy Memories ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Sharon Corrigan Maryann McCue….remember getting the broken biscuits out of here? Xx

Maryann McCue Yes and they were the bizz lol ๐Ÿ˜‚ xx

Jean Gibson Remember it well. I went to Glenlee with May Hannah.

Phyllis Rooney Anna-Marie Clark remember this was our first stop when we got off the bus! Xx

Anna-Marie Clark Yes remember it well xx

Elaine Speirs This was at the bus stop when I went to John Ogilvie and I would go in to get my sweets.

Terry Woods The traffic police used to stand at the corner with their “Ray gun” to catch the cars flying off the dual carriageway at Blantyre Industrial Estate.

Carol McCormack The pigeon huts are still thete

Marc Moran I remember Davey and his pipe when in getting sweets for school

Pat-sheila Dempsey Where i used to buy 5 fags on way to school john ogilve high.

Jean Boyle Went onto the shop one morning going to school, I was only about six and asked him how much the penny caramels were and he joked back twopence hen lol

Elizabeth Kennedy Used to go here on my way to / from glenlee primary. Chelsea whoppers were my favourite!

Linda Fellows Eyre its was old Davie when i was young

Ann Hartman Remember it well as a child lived in prefabs and would walk up regularly for sweets or for message for my mum .Nice old man I remember but boy did his pipe smoke stink .

Scott Mcallister Used to go in there when going to school. He had a stammer if i remember puts me in mind of arkright from open all hours.

Fairlie Gordon Remember it well, when going to St Cuthbert’s Primary, my Mum, got a kitten from Mr Hannah, and we had that cat for years, till we moved from the prefabs ( the cat didn’t like all electric )

Catherine Morrison Remember it well stayed in the prefabs x

Sadie Dolan Used to go in here for my single fags on way to school .

Gerry Kelly I remember that week shop . Took a right there going to St John Ogilvie HS

Jim Frame Penny tray was a cracker

Tom McGuigan Cream cookies that smelt of pipe tobacco

Marie Rooney Remember it well

Sheena Thomson Do remember it but there was one down Station road going into the pre fabs my mum worked there for a while.

Steven Brown Something’s telling me it went on fire. I was only 8-9 so my memory is sketchy.

Jennifer Cook Yeah remember it

Billy Oakes He was a good old man and a lovely family ๐Ÿ‘ช

Debbie Lusk Remember it well

Lisa Marie Sultana I was just going to tag you!!! Xx

Debbie Lusk Lisa Marie Sultana loved that wee shop xx

Lisa Marie Sultana Me too! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿฝ xxx

Eleanor Connor I remember it well. โค

Carol-Ann Bate Alison Bate Lesley Reiki Master this is the wee shop we used to go into on way to school.. crisps were 5p lol x

Alison Bate Hannah’s ?

Carol-Ann Bate Canโ€™t remember the name

Alison Bate I remember buying cabanas and banjos from here

Lesley Reiki Master Yeah Hannah’s oh god i remember xxx

Donna Campbell Great wee shop ๐Ÿ‘

Leigh Ann Lyon Went there every day on way to school. Bought wee butterscotch sweets….. loved it

Frank Kelly Used to walk down to this shop from school to buy lunch…a pint of milk and a cream cookie or as old Davie called them, “Creme de Cooks” !!

Angela Dunlop Grace that was our shop b4 school

Angela Dunlop Grace Cassidy

Jim Doherty The smell of his pipe Davy hannah

Fiona Connell His son worked in Philips factory when I was there he was on the Nightshift

Fiona Mitchell Gebbie Great memories of buying sweets on way to St Cuthberts primary had all the jars with different sweets his wife also was in in the shop occasionally ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€x

Thea Borland Mcnamee I lived in 13 ellisland st in the prefabs and wud go up there for my sweets

Sandy Wilkie Used to supply Davie with milk – no idea how it lasted โ€˜cos he never had a fridge, just piled it on the floor!

Robert Moore Sweets in jars

Craig Moore I would run up to Davey Hannah’s shop most nights, as I stayed in Russell Street, around 5.30 with my brother for a quarter of sweets to eat before I sat and watched Monkey or The Water Margin on BBC2… Soor Plooms were my favourite… It was a great we shop and I loved going to it……I seem to remember also Davey came to my Dad’s funeral when he died.. ….That’s how cool he was…… Great memories!

Kenneth Downie Used to steal his apples aswell ๐Ÿ˜crab apples ๐Ÿ˜xxx

Karen Edmond Used to pop in there for sweets on way to Gran & Papa’s

Donna Campbell Cola cubes ๐Ÿ˜‚

Margaret Muir His son was called Jim I think . My husband knew him.

Kirk Ritchie Michelle McGuire remember this wee shop on the way to grans

Elana Spencer I looked after him in in the care home at peacock cross very nice man

Michelle Evans I loved this wee shop on the way to school (Glenlee) in the morning. Chelsea Whoppers were my sweetie of choice.

Marian Maguire My husband used this wee shop everyday going to school as he lived in the pre fabs at high Blantyre, I remember it also when I cane to blantyre in the 70โ€™s. Also the pigeon huts.

Earl Wheeler Jimโ€™s dads shop, have loads of memories buying sweets on way to school n doing paper run for his dad๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜Ž

Janette McCallum Think my uncle Tommy McNamee was the last one to have this shop.

Jim Gibson Old davie emigrated to aussieland

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  1. I lived round the corner in Russell Street, and made daily trips to Hannah’s for things like bread, potatoes, etc. They had the BEST morning rolls! Went to Glenlee with Elizabeth and Caroline Hannah, who ended up going to Australia, and their dad followed them. Their uncle George used to be frequently seen walking up and down Russell Street, until he died of cancer in the 60’s or 70’s.

    The Hannahs lived in the semi-detached villa on High Blantyre Road, next to the shop. They lived on the left side, and the Misses Fisher (Roy an Lah) lived on the right side. Roy was a teacher.

    The picture shows it to be sadly dilapidated, but in my time, it was always kept freshly painted.

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