Police Station Houses

I noticed the other day that plans are underway to turn Lesmahagow Police Station into houses. However, what perked my interest was the photo of that police station, which reminded me at once of the former Police Station at High Blantyre. When putting photos of them both beside each other for comparison, clearly the buildings were made to the same design.

So what was going on when the buildings were constructed? High Blantyre Police Station opened on the afternoon of Wednesday 10th May 1950 at Main Street, High Blantyre. In declaring our station open, Mr Smith the Chairman of the Police Committee confirmed it was the first to be completed in post war years as part of the Police Force’s intention to improve all police buildings in the County. Their aim was to house all the officers in the houses adjacent and this had been a good start to that goal. Schemes for police houses were at the time also being constructed in Westburn, (Cambuslang), Garrowhill, Viewpark, Newarthill and Larkhall. But Lesmahagow wasn’t on the list.

Now I don’t know if all those other towns have this same building too, but it would appear that the Police were following the same construction model for improving their stations, focusing on decent homes for their officers attached to the station itself.

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