When the day of the demolition of the David Livingstone Memorial Bridge arrived in May 1999, it was found after cutting the main supports that the contractors could not pull it fully down. The attempt was abandoned and the next day further acetylene burning tools arrived to weaken the bridge sufficiently into smaller sections […]
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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.
I was looking through more old photos yesterday. Here’s another cracking new picture for you….. a little piece of Blantyre history in time! From 1999, the former David Livingstone Memorial Bridge, pulled down and looking demolished in a sorry state, lying in the River Clyde!! The bridge didn’t come down properly and excavators had to […]
A fabulous picture of the construction on the former David Livingstone Memorial Bridge. Taken by the father of Anthony Smith in July 1952, Anthony is pictured here with his brother and mother at the River Clyde. The bridge is being built in the background, spanning Blantyre to Bothwell. The bridge was roughly in the […]
Pictured here in 1952 is the opening of the second bridge at Blantyre Works. The first suspension bridge had lasted almost a hundred years and closed in 1949. The black and white photo shows councillors opening the bridge, which is the previous bridge to the current one. Built in 1952 by Architects and Engineers Bone, Connell […]
Until very recently I only had a poor photocopy of this picture, but have now come into possession of an excellent scanned, high resolution image of the postcard. As such, I’d like to show it again here, replacing the poor image i showed back in December 2012. I think the postcard dates to 1966, although […]
Pictured here in Autumn 1999 is the David Livingstone Memorial Bridge spanning the River Clyde between Bothwell and Blantyre. Robert Stewart’s photo captures the scene just before the bridge officially opened on 18th October, that same year. It replaced the previous bridge demolished further upstream earlier that year in May. The late Blantyre historian Neil […]