I recently found and bought this postcard on Ebay. Pictured not long after the demolition of Blantyre Works Mills in 1903, the scene is one of substantial dereliction and former glory. The slopes leading down from Shuttle Road down to the riverbank since this photo was taken have been reclaimed by nature, with new roadways, […]
Ted Crawford shared these photos last week. As part of his daily exercise during lockdown, he visited the beach! Although he wasn’t at any coast. He was just outside Blantyre at the Lido, on the River Clyde. The former park still has its walkway on the riverside and steps down to the sandy riverside under […]
This is a wonderful photo. From 1937 or 1938, it is the only view I’ve ever seen photographed from the original, suspension bridge in Blantyre (closed in 1949). Looking downstream, you can see the weir, and beyond that to the buildings is the background, where the current bridge is located. The flat area the […]
This painting shows the Blantyre – Uddingston Ferry on the river Clyde, near Boatland with Bothwell Castle beyond. People may be more familiar with this area as “Boat Jocks”. The oil painting on canvas was done by Alexander Fraser the Younger, (b1828-d1899) and is pictured in 1872 at a time when the Scott family owned […]
Great photos from May 1999 taken by Neil Gordon as the David Livingstone Memorial Bridge was pulled down, into the River Clyde. This bridge, thought to have been poorly built had only lasted half the time of the previous. A third pedestrian bridge now crosses the River Clyde at the former Blantyre works area.
About 5 o’clock on Monday 17th June 1861, a collier named William Bishop, aged 17 went into the River Clyde at the riverbank about 300 yards west of Haughhead Bridge and didn’t come out alive! He entered the river on the north side and swam towards the Blantyre side, but unfortunately about only 6 […]