Another bite sized chunk of Blantyre History
On the left hand corner of Victoria Street looking South stood Ness’s School. On the other side of the street was the start of a tenement type building (Annfield Terrace), which continued up the Glasgow Road. On the corner of this tenement building was a grocery store. (Gibson’s shop grocery & provisions). Further on up past the tenement building was the entrance to Hastie’s Farm.
This was a farm as I knew it in the 1930’s it had cows and a dairy with a lot of stable space which was used by the farmer and local carters for sheltering their horses, I can remember the large cobble stones through-out the yard and all of the slipping and sliding that went on on the frosty mornings when they were first brought out of the stables to be harnessed, they seemed to have a sense that told them that they had to tread much more carefully on a morning like this. Most of the horses were Clydesdale’s
By the 1950’s Hastie’s farm started to go through a change where it was turned into a Restaurant and Banqueting Facilities. Over the years it became very well known in Lanarkshire and drew a fairly large crowd most nights, it had to have been going for nearly 30 years before it was sold and in is place now stands a Retirement Home called Victoria Nursing Home.
Further up the street there was a Fruit, Vegetable, and Plant Nursery where a lot of the locals bought their tomatoes and seedlings for their allotments or small holdings.
Directly across from there was where I was born in 1930, the address was 3 Victoria Street a row of Miners Raw’s which went under the name of the Honeymoon.
There was a wall to the North which surrounded the Ness’s School from the squalor of the raw’s. This wall came in handy for us to kick our ball up against and we used it for many other activities. Some of the Honeymoon kids attended the school so any playthings lost over the wall were usually returned to us. Like all the raw’s in Blantyre ours being one of the oldest it was a mess
All of this from Ness’s school and up past the Honeymoon has been demolished and in is place stands the ASDA Shopping Center.
Next to us was the Blantyre Police station where my dad threatened on many occasion to put us boys if we did not behave ourselves. When I was about the age of 10-12 my dad did at one time make that sort of an arrangement with the police sergeant where by I was taken into the police station and shown the holding cells and the sergeant told me that this was where I was going to put if I did not straighten up my ideas. Of course my dad was pretty friendly with this particular sergeant,It did not scare me any. I thought it was a good idea.
The police Station stands on the comer of Calder Street and Victoria Street. Across the street from the Police Station stands Calder Street School and across the street West is the Blantyre Public Health Center.
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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