Another bite sized chunk of Blantyre History
We also had in Logan Street a Church called by its denomination, “The Evangelical Union” or EU Church. It was a large Green coloured hut which sat in a field of 2 acres.
Before the war this acreage was surrounded by a large iron fence, as I told you previously all of the iron was cut down for the war effort, so we had the run of this acreage. The church was later taken over by a brass band and us kids always just called it the brass hut for our reference. This acreage of land became a short cut over to the next street Craig Street. I can never recall a service being held in this church and no one ever seemed to be around, and the brass band only played there occasionally so we kids had the run of the surrounding grounds, which we used frequently for all types of games. For us kids from the bottom of logan street it was a natural playground.
Further down the street was the Turner Buildings, this was a row of Tenements 3 story high with the bottom house going all the way back to the back side of the building, the 2nd and 3rd floors were reached by a freestanding staircase at the back, all toilets were outside on the Landings.
The Turner Buildings ran to the bottom of Logan Street and then made a left turn and ran along the Glasgow Road until it reached Craig street. The Post Office was built on this corner in 1953.
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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