Lets go to 1979 next and pictured here in September that year is the view from the former Craighead Bing. Looking back towards Blantyre, you may be able to make out the burned out shell of the Stonefield Parish Church, which caught fire that month. The cleanup operation was due to commence on the Bing, […]
The location is known for this picture. It’s Haughhead, the flattening and removal of the Bing. You can see the railway in the background and the photo is taken not far from Blantyreferme Road. However, I need some help with this as I don’t know what year that happened. Early 80s? Anybody know? Featuring Blantyre Project […]
These two photos were taken in May 1976. Pictured from the top of the former Blantyreferme Bing is the demolished brickworks and colliery site. You can see Blantyreferme Road on the left and the road tunnel under the railway line. This whole area in the foreground is now levelled and covered in young woodland. Turning […]
An alarming occurrence at Blantyre took place about one o’clock Tuesday 16th November 1920, when the Craighead colliery bing, which belongs to Messrs William Baird and Co., gave way! Around two thousand tons of sludge and stones cascaded down the Bing and was scattered across the Whistleberry Road. The who incident was a most unusual […]
Anthony Smith kindly shared these excellent photos of the former Priory Colliery Bing which were taken by his father in 1964. Contractors arrived a few year later in 1966 and 1967 to level this bing, which by my reckoning was the largest man made object to have ever existed in Blantyre. The Bing may have […]
Several people over the years have asked me about this, so hopefully this answers the question, “When were the trees planted at Larkfield Bing?” On Friday 10th March 1978, two councillors put their backs into it along with more than a little help from dozens of local schoolchildren, to make Blantyre a more beautiful […]
This photo may be more difficult to put into a modern context, for only the railway line remains today. Taken in September 1939 by the Smith family, the scene looks north westwards over to the former Craighead Bing. In the background, the whitewashed building is the piggery and the railway line at this point […]
A great photo next from Loanend looking back towards Blantyre. Out of the picture to the right is Malcolmwood Farm. The photo, dating from the 1950s was captured from the elevated point at the Loanend bing, the former colliery. The tree line in the distance is Bardykes Road, the bing most likely, Larkfield.