There’s something still very familiar about these next 2 photographs. Despite being taken in 1985, some 36 years ago, well before the age of Google Maps. Devlin Grove looks new and even then , some of the units at Clydeview Shopping Centre had their shutters down, available to let. The soft landscaping planted after the building of the Sports Centre looks fairly overgrown in these photos and this whole area would later be ravamped again into the hard landscaping we see now.
These were no doubt taken to show the changing face of Blantyre, a town which only 6 years previous to these photos had double lines of tenements and shops at this location.
I’m looking forward to writing in detail about the North side of Glasgow Road in due course.