Govan Street 1925

 

1925 Helen Jane Massey at Govan Street, Dixons Rows. Shared by Nancy Kvamsdal

1925 Helen Jane Massey at Govan Street, Dixons Rows. Shared by Nancy Kvamsdal

Nancy Riise Kvamsdal emailed me in November 2015 saying, “Hi again, I love your FBpage. I would like to ask if you know anything about an address: 3 Govern Street, Blantyre. My greatgrand parents lived on that address from around 1904-1919, their names were Henry Broadley and Bridget Broadley, m.s McManus. I have a picture of my grandma playingin the “street” My greatgrandad was a cold miner. Do you have any information about these housings? What is the aria like today ?”

I don’t know of any Govern Street in Blantyre, so i think as often is the case, the census got the name slightly wrong. 3 Govan Street was part of Dixon’s Rows, owned by coal mining company William Dixon & Co. Dixon’s Rows were small and cramped but a thriving community (until 1877 pit disaster affected many of the families there). They were demolished in the 1950s but Govan Street itself, in the 1930s.

Nancy told me, “This picture is of Helen Jane Massey born in Bothwell 1923. But the picture is taken in Govern/Govan street in around 1924-26. Our family emigrated from Blantyre in 1927 or 1928”

Here is a map marked up with a red dot for 3 Govan Street, which would have now been in the back garden of this Calder Street modern property. Govan Street ran in the same alignment as Boswell Drive.

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