Anderson corrugated steel shelter
Another bite sized chunk of Blantyre History
As it made its left turn at that corner of Logan Street and Glasgow Road there was another one of the Ironmongers stores I spoke about, giving off this unique smell.
Logan Street ran from the Glasgow Road South up to Auchinraith Road. At the top of Logan Street was a railway line which ran through to High Blantyre and East Kilbride and then out to the West of Scotland.
There were a few private bungalows in Auchinraith Road to the left until you met up with a small farm and an open field where cows were grazing in the 1930’s, this was right next to The Murray’s Raw’s.
I can recall a story that I heard. The story goes that this empty cow pasture was the only area in the whole of Blantyre to have been hit by a unexploded land mine during the war. Most of all the damage to Blantyre was done by shrapnel, (This an other story further on in our travels).
During the air-raids Granny’s Catholic Lithuanian family and our family spent most nights in an Anderson corrugated steel shelter which my dad and us kids had dug 6 ft into the ground and covered with 2 ft of earth so we were well covered from the falling shrapnel. I can tell you there were a lot of Rosaries and stations of the cross recited in those nights. Mass hysteria is what I call it now. The louder the guns got the faster and louder the prayers were said.
Continuing the conversation between Thomas Dunsmuir Hartman in Chicago (known as TDH or Drapadew) and originally from Logan Street, Blantyre and Margaret in Queensland Australia on TalkingScot.
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