Tag: suspension bridge

1952 David Livingstone Memorial Bridge

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 […]

Drowned in sight of companions 1932

  Underneath the suspension bridge, on Friday 12th August 1932, Adam Hunter (12), of 5 Murray Place, Bothwell, was drowned within sight of his companions at Blantyre. The boy, in the company of two other lads, also from Bothwell, left home to bathe in the Clyde between Bothwell and Blantyre. Choosing a part where there […]

Opening the Suspension Bridge

Pictured here in 1952, several gentlemen perform the opening ceremony of the David Livingstone Memorial Bridge near David Livingstone Centre. This photo captures the moment perfectly, although the bridge was not to last and has subsequently been replaced. Gordon Cook gave me some excellent additional information about this photo, advising me, “The gentlemen in the […]

1905 Blantyre Works Mills

A previously unseen photo of Blantyre Works Mills, taken around 1905. Pictured from the Bothwell side of the River Clyde, the photographer David Ritchie has captured the everyday industrial scene at the Village Mill. Showing five chimneys at the mills, the suspension bridge leading into the heart of the mill works on the Blantyre side […]