Newhousemill Road Watertank


Shared here by George Young, this recent photo is off the old circular watertank just off Newhousemill Road. Not far from Stewartfield Farm, the brick built tank dates from the 1880’s and is still a ruin today.

I don’t have further information about this, so if anybody knows what exactly it was used for, please feel free to get in touch. I can’t help but feel this looks fairly dangerous, with nothing on the sides to hold on to , if somebody fell in.

2017 Stewartfield Water tank wm

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Daniel Anderson Possibly a tank to store water was the use?😊
Brian Weaver I worked at Stewartfield Farm in the 1960s and it was a typical, family-owned dairy farm of the time, milking about 34 Ayrshire cows. Dairy farms require large quantities of water and I suspect that the tank supplied all the needs of the farm. Health and safety wasn’t a big thing then. As a child, you were taught what was dangerous and although we had freedom to roam anywhere in Blantyre, there were dangerous places like this water tank but we knew to avoid them.
James Stirling i heard that it was a mine shaft
The Blantyre Project it could possibly have been. Heavily mined area and mines often filled with water when they became exhausted.

4 responses to “Welcome to the Blantyre Project

  1. Wilma and her parents lived next door to my sister Alice. Perfect neighbours and a lovely family. I remember Wilma from Calder Street school.
    Chatted with her parents a few times over the fence on some of my trips. 1982 when I was back for the Junior Cup final, which of course, the ‘VICS won! A bit more than a chat, more like a blether!

  2. I am in touch with Hughina now and again via e mail, I met up with Hughina a few years ago for lunch at the Avonbridge in Hamilton during one of my trips. A lovely lady.
    She has 2 sons who share my passion in football.

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