Tag: craighead rows

Doing ‘time’ for his son

When 2 boys from Blantyre stole coal from the bing at Craighead Colliery, their actions would have far reaching consequences for their families. There was a scene Hamilton J.P. Court on Saturday 25th June 1931, when those two boys from Blantyre finally admitted the theft of coal from the bing at Craighead Colliery. Being minors, […]

Baird’s Rows (Craighead Rows) Blantyre

Baird’s Rows or Raws were located in the Craighead area of Low Blantyre. The miners homes consisted of three equal length rows of single storey terraced properties. The miner’s homes were tied to the nearby Colliery at Craighead. The rows were names after the nearby Colliery and impressive Craighead house. In April 1878, just as […]

1955 Fairground at Auchinraith, Blantyre

This 1955 aerial photo shows clearly the fairground was in town! Situated in spare ground between Auchinraith Road and the railway line at Springwells, the fair was operated by travelling folk and visited Blantyre on a regular basis. The vacant ground was immediately behind Rosendale. I can remember my mother telling me about her visits […]