Andrew Gilmour’s Shop, Glasgow Road

Blantyre, Lanarkshire, ScotlandGlasgow Road North

Andrew Gilmour’s Shop, Glasgow Road

Andrew Gilmour's Shop, Glasgow Road

Gilmour’s Building, Gilmour’s Grocery, Black’s Bakery, Gilmour Clothes, etc., Angies Ice Cream Parlour, (The Victoria Café), small Grocery shop, Richardson’s Butcher. Livingstonian Bar and The Blantyre Electric Cinema at the corner of Forrest Street.

Notice the horse on the pavement backed up to one of the shops. What could it be delivering? Something heavy, like sacks of vegetables, or butter barrels perhaps. What do you think?

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From the left is Elizabeth Neil, Lizzie Jamieson, Agnes Dunsmore, Tam Naismith (Manager), Mary Shanks and Agnes Kirkland.

The Gilmour family lived above this shop.

From the left is Elizabeth Neil, Lizzie Jamieson, Agnes Dunsmore, Tam Naismith (Manager), Mary Shanks and Agnes Kirkland.

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Andrew Gilmour’s shop was a mini Co-op in its day as it offered all kinds of produce such as grocers, drapery, carpet and floor covering and almost everything else needed from your daily shopping list, as you can see from the Advert. Andrew Gilmour’s shop was a mini Co-op in its day as it offered all kinds of produce such as grocers, drapery, carpet and floor covering and almost everything else needed from your daily shopping list, as you can see from the Advert.

Blantyre, Lanarkshire, Scotland

My sister Cathie tells the story about our Mum asking her to buy her a pair of nylons across the road from Gilmour’s. My sister went up from Baird’s Raws to Glasgow Road and crossed the road at Gilmour’s, which was unusual because we were never allowed to cross the road at this point since my sister, Cissie, had been killed by a Bus just there. So, my sister Cathie went into a shop, which turned out to be a Jewellers Shop and asked for the nylons, only to be told that she could try Gilmour’s across the road. So, my sister crossed back over Glasgow Road and went into Gilmour’s. Glamour’s Shop had two counters running parallel, one on the left for groceries, and one on the right for drapery. That’s what our mother meant when she said across the road from Gilmour’s, she meant across from the grocer counter.

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Blantyre, Lanarkshire, Scotland

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