These four photos are from 1979. Pictured from Whistleberry , they look across to the former Craighead Bing. A fairly bleak scene and one of the last remnants of visible colliery Bings in Blantyre.
Unusually for me, I’ve not written much over the years about the former Craighead Retreat. So when Iain MacGregor contacted me recently offering some information ands this photo from the 1970’s, I welcomed the opportunity to post. He added “Here’s a photo of my late mum, Mrs Annie MacGregor (Nancy) who was a teacher at Craighead […]
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, […]
These two views are from September 1979. Taken in Bothwell, it’s a rare angle for this website, looking back over the River Clyde towards Craighead/Ireland Alloys and Whistleberry in the background. With thanks to George Hay for sharing. Featuring Blantyre Project Social Media with permission. Strictly reserved for Blantyre Project Books and not for use by others […]
Isabel Latch emailed me saying, “I have this picture of my aunt (Anna Bell) and Uncle (Robert Bell) from Craighead Cottage on the Whistleberry Road. Not sure of the date but would guess it was in the late 1940’s. My grandfather (Robert Bell) and family lived in a cottage next to the bing from 1925 […]
These photos show the extent of the bing and former coal wasteland at Craighead. Beyond the railway looking back to Blantyre and towards Bothwell, it looks far less overgrown that today. You’ll still be able to make out features in these 1979 photos, like the former Craighead viaduct pillars crossing the River Clyde. You can […]
This railway photos is allegedly Blantyre during March 1954. I have to admit I’m struggling a little with identifying it against the background topography. There’s a viaduct in the background left that can only be Greenhall or Craighead, which may be helpful. I would lean more towards Craighead. Any ideas where this is?
Pictured here in 1878 by Thomas Annan is an incredible photo of the former Craighead House, just off Whistleberry Road. At the time it was owned by George Alston. We’re looking at the front entrance of the house and can see a chair outside and several boot scraper irons. Wooden shutters on all the tall […]
During the winter 1981 into 1982, the Glasgow promotion moved their Speedway team a few hundred metres to Craighead Park (home of Blantyre Celtic), which was situated behind the wall that ran along the back straight of the former track to the west. This was to be the new venue for Blantyre speedway. A new […]