Collapse of Condemned Building 1940

1932 Glasgow Road at Logan Street, outside Central Buildings (PV)

1932 Glasgow Road at Logan Street, outside Central Buildings (PV)

About one o’clock on the last Sunday afternoon in August 1940, a considerable excitement prevailed among tenants residing at Central Buildings on the Glasgow Road. Word soon spread known that a large portion of the three-story property situated at Logan Street had suddenly collapsed and many tons of bricks, mortar and some wood crashed down into the back court.

The property in question had for some time been condemned and the tenants had been compelled to leave it, but three families comprising of nineteen persons have been “squatting” in the property. The property or at least a large portion of it was simply a shell, as for the greater part all the internal woodwork and supports had been removed and it had for a long been expected that sooner or later there would be a collapse.

Mr Robert Limerick an Oncostman employed in a local colliery with his wife and five children who have been squatting in a two room and kitchen house on the top flat, kindly supplied the local news reporter with an account of their experiences. Mr Limerick said he had gone to his work at ten o’clock that morning and did not arrive home till about six o’clock at night. His wife, however, said that she and the children were having dinner when the terrific crash of falling masonry was heard and every moment she expected that the roof would fall in on them. On going to the outside landing she nearly collapsed with fright when she saw that her house was separated only six feet from the huge gap made in the property, and her children were in hysterics.

The house the Limerick family were residing in beggared description and it was inconceivable to think that human beings could live under such deplorable conditions, with no water or sanitary accommodation available. In 1939, Mr Allan Chapman, M.P. for Rutherglen division, paid a visit to the Limerick’s home and said it was a tragedy that people were compelled to live in such a place. As if living in wartime wasn’t difficult enough, the collapse threatened their home. A huge block of bricks and mortar, weighing at least half a ton, was brought down by Mr Limerick by tying two clothes stretchers together and after a few minutes he managed to get it dislodged from its threatening position.

The other two families, who live at the second flat, were in no danger when the collapse took place, as they were further removed from the gap in the property.

In my attached photo from 1932, the boys stand on the corner of Central Buildings at the corner of Glasgow Road and Logan Street, the photo taken from outside the property that suffered the collapse.

On social media:

Trisha Mcginty What a shamex

Elizabeth Montgomery People had to live in terrible condition then

Anne Callaghan Main Street looks so different today !!! Think it looked better then though !

Jane Maxwell I agree Ann there were a better variety of shops and the town had a heart then. It is such a shame that the buildings were not maintained better. The character of Blantyre was lost.

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