Lilly Pond

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Blantyre, Lanarkshire, Scotland

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Aerial Photographs of Blantyre 1950

Stonefield Public ParkStonefield Public Park with Park Lane Prefabs at top right.

To the left is the entrance from Glasgow Road and to the top centre of the Park is the entrance from Station Road.

If you follow the line of Glasgow Road on the left, you can make out the Broadway Cinema, Bethany Church and St. Joseph’s R.C. Church at the top.

The two football fields adjacent to John Street at the bottom were once known as the ‘Old Clay Pit’, and the clay was perfect for brickmaking. So, in 1878-79, Robert McAlpine started the Stonefield Brick Works in John Street. This excavation created a quarry which later became filled with water and was known locally as ‘The Lilly Pond’. Parents warned their children not to go near the Lilly Pond at the bottom of the Public Park for fear of them being drowned. The quarry was filled in by Frank Doonin Contractors and became the football parks which are still there today.

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Sent in by Andy Lynch

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