A photo today from the former playpark at Springwells. This was taken in the late 1960’s and shows kids having some fun on the play equipment. Do YOU remember this park looking like this? Parkville Drive is in the background. With thanks to Mary Summers.
Photos of Robertson’s ginger factory are strangely few and far between, so how about this one for a cracker! This is from 1982, Robertsons of Springwells, on Glasgow Road. This long established business was employer of thousands of people throughout the decades, the site now belonging to Dunns Food & Drink. What’s your memories of […]
Today’s aerial photo is 1961 and shows Springwells in the prominent part of the picture. We can see the concentric nature of Burnside Crescent and down in the foreground on the right is the Model Hostel. The redundant railwayline, no longer being used for passengers cuts through the middle of the photo and beyond […]
Appalled at recently finding out Blantyre’s boundaries had been changed, I’ve found a story that took place around the start of this carry on. The events take place after the 1975 abolishment of civil parishes and the loss of Blantyre’s long standing boundaries. In March 1979, Strathclyde Regional Council proposed to change Blantyre’s boundaries. […]
In December 1978, one of Blantyre’s oldest and most established companies “A Robertson & Co of Springwells” planned a programme of modernisation. The work was to safeguard the jobs at the factory and indeed create more! The plan was to introduce £200,000 of new bottling equipment in early 1979 to their soft drinks factory. […]
I’ve previously eluded to the huge problem of vandalism in Blantyre during 1978. In August that year, vandals turned towards the new leisure area in Springwells on what had previously been an eyesore of wasteground. A £90,000 scheme was underway to turn the ground into a play area, with landscaped grassed areas. However, shrubs […]
Over the next few months, I’ll be posting daily with extracts from my open book draft about the entire history of Glasgow Road. Collecting the social history and comments from many thousands of people on this site over the last few years, I’ll be further exploring, every Glasgow Road building through each Century, […]