Category: Blantyre Oddities

Spinning Jenny Renovation

The incredible old Spinning Jenny, once part of the David Livingtstone Centre has undergone a remarkable transformation. Dismantled carefully, renovated and now rebuilt inside the new, rebranded David Livingstone Birthplace, this promises to be a wonderful display showing the equipment a young David Livingstone worked on. This extract of the most recent David Livingstone Birthplace […]

The Tableaux

Earlier this week David Livingstone Birthplace posted about the beautiful tableaux, now renovated being fitted into the newly renovated museum. Pictured are the contractors carefully fitting the eight sculptures back into place. You may remember seeing them previously in the dark room? I realised i’ve not written much about this subject, so here’s some info […]

Blantyre’s First Petrol Station?

I think I may have uncovered evidence of Blantyre’s first petrol station. The Hamilton Advertiser commented on 30th May 1914 that a “Mr. Anderson, The Wheel, Blantyre had just erected a suitable place for the storing of petrol or shell spirit, the largest portion of which was placed below ground level.” Owing to restrictions imposed […]