Today’s lockdown quiz may be a wee bit more difficult. Where in Blantyre is this then? This wasn’t yesterday, but it absolutely is within most of our lifetimes. Answer will be revealed tonight.
** Update: This is indeed Vals, or rather Carrigans by the photo in 1979. It was taken when the Carrigan family arrived. The floor was sloping and a lot of work was subsequently done to the building. With thanks to Barry Carrigan for exclusively sharing this to Blantyre Project. Much appreciated.
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Ryan Wyllie Mickeys, Stonefield Road I think
Catriona Paterson Ryan Wyllie Mickey’s was a cafe not a pub
Jack Bethel Val’s/ Victoria bar now the cornerstone.
Alex Orr Val”s pub. Now the corner stone. The entrance was right in the corner of the pub.
John Dunsmore Vals pub top cross. H. B
Liz Allan Wee Val’s we lived above it when we got married
Joseph Allan I agree wa Liz Allan
Andy Kerr Then became Carrigans at the High Blantyre cross
Anne Marie Murray Craig’s bottom Stonefield road.
Tricia Allan-Martin Smiddy?
Thomson Andrew Vals
Wullie Bell Definitely vals
Johnd Dickson Vals ma local for years
Gordon Steele I found on the internet that this pub was once owned by my great grandmother Mary Steele nee Logan and her husband Joseph Steele way back in the early 1900s. My grandfather died in 1906 and his wife continued to run the pub when it was known as Steele’s Pub. Could anybody please confirm this for me please as I have not found any documents to prove this.
Blantyre Project Hi Gordon – I spent some time researching this in detail in 2015 as nothing had ever been written about the pub for those years. Here you go. https://blantyreproject.com/?p=17975 Be careful with other articles now appearing online since. ‘Ainother person copied and pasted entire blocks of my article to illustrate this picture he had and consequently my words now appear interlaced amongst all his incorrect detail and assumption. With no credit he aimed to pass it off as his ain. Good news though! I’m planning on writing about Main Street in detail in 2021 and will expand the detail heavily then. Before Steele’s pub, it was ‘Logans’. My research on that prior era is here https://blantyreproject.com/?p=17944 and probably should be read first to understand the Steele era. Hope this helps. Over the years, I’ve slowly and surely been building up a detailed account for all 79 of Blantyre’s pubs using my own narrative and photos. https://blantyreproject.com/blantyre-pubs/
Gordon Steele Thank you for that it is very detailed and informative. I will send you a message later with some more details that you maybe missing.
Bill Graham Yep definitely Vals spent many a happy night there.
Blantyre Project This is indeed Vals, or rather Carrigans by the photo in 1979. It was taken when the Carrigan family arrived. The floor was sloping and a lot of work was subsequently done to the building. With thanks to Barry Carrigan for exclusively sharing this to Blantyre Project. Much appreciated.