Another bite sized chunk of Blantyre History
After the institute there was an open field which the farmer from Stonefield farm used for grazing his cows. This area is now a part of the Blantyre Nursery School and then followed by the Calderside Academy, both of which are new. Before they were built there was an open field and after them a coal contractors yard owned by Thomas Barclay & Son’s. Netherfield Place. My dad also worked here from when he was a boy of ten until he went to the pits at twelve. He was carrying bags of coal on his back.
After Tom Barclay’s came an other Council Housing Scheme which the Blantyre folks just called the Calder Street Council Houses, when making a reference to them.This Council Scheme was situated on a part of the property that once was known as DIXON’S RAW’S. The raw’s consisted of seven Streets Starting with Calder Street, Dixon Street, Hall Street and Park Street all traveling East to West the other three streets were Mill Street, Govan Street and Carfin Street. These three traveled North to South.
This was a big Raw’s and was the biggest in Blantyre The Calder Street Council houses still stand here although a lot of them have been bought from the South Lanarkshire County Council and made into private homes. The left hand side of Calder Street going North finishes here at the Junction of Stonefield Road. Going South from Stonefield Road are another row of Council Houses which runs down until it reaches a street coming in from the Glasgow Road (Main Street) running North to South, called Priory Street. This whole street is a part of the Calder Street Scheme and consists of all council homes.
After Priory street traveling East we have a few more Council Homes after which we have a couple of small Grocery and Confectionery stores. Before they were built this was the entrance to the Stonefield Farm.
After the stores we have a few bungalows which takes us up to the next street coming in from the Glasgow Road. This road travels North to South and is called Victoria Street and travels south to meet up with the High Blantyre Main Street.
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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