This photo featured Redlees, just outside of Blantyre Parish, and over the boundary at the back, in Blantyre Parish is Caldervale, the former mining community. Caldervale was also known as Finmeoot. The photo is from around 1923 and was used as a postcard of the era.
During a walk around Redlees Park (near Blantyreferme) in May 2012, I stopped to take this picture. It was calm, quiet and very beautiful. Redlees i think is SO underused, for being Blantyre’s newest parklands. It offers great dog walking opportunities and a great place for a family picnic in Summer.
As you head down the Blantyre Ferme Road, you can turn left on to Calder Road which leads to Newton. About quarter of a mile from that junction, and right on the exact boundary of Blantyre Parish, is a little bridge, commonly referred to in modern times (certainly as recently as 1930s) as “Redlees Bridge” […]
Perhaps the oldest known map of the topography and detail of Blantyre’s buildings has arrived with me recently and i’m absolutely excited to see the detail on it. Already, it has clarified a few mysteries and confirmed in several instances that buildings existed at least at that time. Over the next few weeks, i’ll be […]
This World War II heavy anti-aircraft battery was situated to the North of the railway line and West of Blantyre Farm Road. Consisting of six gun-emplacements, command post, magazines and a gun store all still extant, a spoil heap is now encroaching on the site and one or two other buildings are partly buried. The […]
Redlees – oor new green space Oan the left o’ the auld ferme road, Jist before the turn fir Newton, A car park entrance sae underused, Easily missed ‘an hidden. Ye park yir motor, pit on yer jaicket, Doon the red chipped path ye saunter, Till ye arrive in a big open space, Wi brick […]