Castle Vaults

Blantyre, Lanarkshire, ScotlandGlasgow Road North

Castle Vaults

On the other corner of John Street was the Castle Vaults

On the other corner of John Street was the Castle Vaults. The pointed roof was a landmark in Blantyre whenever directions were given. A well-known pub and very well frequented place to drink. Unlike today when most pubs are owned by Breweries, the pubs in those days were privately owned, and the owners carried whatever types of beer he knew would sell in his particular area, but it was the same-old story after the third round of drinks, who cared what type of beer it was. A good drink for a miner if he could afford it was 6 individual drams of whiskey with each dram followed with a pint of beer as a chaser. He would generally make this last from say 6 o’clock to 10 o’clock closing time. Later, The Castle Vaults opposite Marshall’s Shoe Shop, was also known as The Black Diamond, and was owned by McLachlan the Brewers and known as The Bottom Shop. Blantyre Victoria’s Castle Park was owned by The Castle Vaults and used by Blantyre Victoria F.C. as their home ground.

From the Castle Vaults going West, we had Davidson Emporium, who sold linoleum and such like, Hairdressers, Sandy Thompson’s Newsagents, McWilliamson the butchers shop, after that, the McAlpine Building with Allan’s Fish & Chips, (name changed to Andrews), Gibson’s store, Hughes Grocery and then Alpine Street.

Castle Vaults at John Street and Glasgow Road 1970, after the demolition of McAlpine’s Building.

Sent in by Tony Smith

Castle Vaults at John Street and Glasgow Road 1970, after the demolition of McAlpine's Building.

Marion Young: Ma auntie Helen was manager Castle Vaults.

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Blantyre, Lanarkshire, Scotland

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