Almost Ready The largest building EVER to be built in our town, is almost constructed and will open its doors in September 2018. Indeed some students have already taken up courses and started on 3rd September. We’re talking of course about the ‘University of the West of Scotland‘ (UWS) new state of the art buildings […]
This next cine was shared by Sanny McVicar who worked in 1966 on the construction of the new East Kilbride Expressway Phase 1. The film features the installation of the large culvert, which would later be deeply buried below the new road. The first phase of the EK Expressway was built in 1966 and 1967. […]
This next cine film was taken in the early 1960s. Featuring boys playing on the disused railway which cut through the middle of Blantyre. Also a local family camping trip up to the high fields at Basket and Calderside. 2 minutes of nostalgia and snapshot in time. With thanks to Sanny McVicar for sharing.
With so much going on personally in April, I’ve decided against a book launch in a local venue and just going to quietly launch my exciting new book, here now online. NOW available on Amazon and available to buy HERE on this page’s shop, “Blantyre Glasgow Road South” is a fantastic, definitive new book on […]
The Population of any village or town usually relates census information and that which collates employment and housing opportunities. This has been fairly true over the centuries for Blantyre but outside influences have also taken place. In 1755, the population was just 496 people, rising to 1,751 in 1801, 2,630 in 1821 and 2,848 in […]
My other website “Blantyre Telegraph” records all the contemporary news as it happens in Blantyre, often exclusively announcing news ahead of official reporting sources and newspapers. For the last 6 years, its brought breaking news, photos, weather reports, events, whats on, job opportunities as well as remembering those who have passed. A registered charity, Blantyre […]
Researching the origins of Herbertson Street proved more difficult than first thought. Nobody has previously written how Herbertson Street acquired its name when postal addresses were allocated around 1910 and the name wasn’t in any valuation rolls of that time. Some research in the earlier 19th Century was called for and all became clear […]
More weddings of Blantyre folks! This time all Blantyre girls, marrying men from outwith Blantyre in 1978. In Autumn 1978, Miss Margaret Doonin of 124 Auchinraith Road married Ian MacDonald of East Kilbride. The couple married in St Joseph’s Church, Blantyre. Around the same time, Miss Martha Morrison of 109 Broompark Road, High Blantyre […]