The Old Original Bar

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Blantyre, Lanarkshire, ScotlandGlasgow Road South

The Old Original Bar

Old Original Bar

The Old Original Bar Glasgow Road at Stonefield Road. Also known as Craig’s. Established 1882. The present building was erected in 1903 by Robert Craig.

Called the Old Original Bar probably because prior to it being built, he owned Clive Place at the same location. Robert Craig also acquired what we now know as The West End Bar, which I believe was a Wholesale Grocer at the time.

With a frontage like this, this must have been a wonderful site for the locals of Blantyre when this building was erected in 1903.  Old Original Frontage
 old original bar date This date can be seen from the Glasgow Road side of the building.
What a wonderful front this pub has got. It says come on in and give me a visit. The initials R C had been carved out of red sandstone.  Old Original Bar
Old Original Bar The Old Original Bar, Blantyre. 2005.

Here we see The Old Original Bar in relation to the bottom of Stonefield Road all the way up to the Commercial Bar. (White Building)

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The “Old Original Bar” Mob
(Craig’s Tae You An Me)

The “Old Original Bar” Mob

A bunch O the boys were whopping it up
outside Craig’s Auld Original Baur,
They had all been in and had a good sup,
now they were home for the war!

Whilst standing in the cold rain,
a photo was taken by McGuire,
The ale had given them Dutch courage,
to face she who sits by the fire.

Up spoke a voice from within the bunch,
”I’m hame for the trouble I’m intae”
The rest looked in awe at this brave man,
whose name was Jim McGinty.

Cousin Hugh then spoke, but he was alright,
for a bachelor man was he
Not for him, the fear o`a woman,
he was a gentleman and fancy free.

James McFauld and Todd were another two,
both single the same as Hugh
Not for them the wrath o`a woman,
so they drunk the whole day thru.

McBride, McGaulley and Morris,
Coulter, Cummiskey and Finnegan
Cowardly looked at each other,
then turned and went back in again.

I look at this photo now and again,
taken in days o` lang syne,
The reason I’m not in it?
I was in the loo at the time!

“Now the moral of this tale,
is never be a liar
Don’t get a photo taken
outside a pub in Blantyre”
Just be like me and go for a pee
and never tell McGuire…

James Cornfield 2008

Blantyre, Lanarkshire, Scotland

 

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If you have any Photos… Send them to Bill

Blantyre, Lanarkshire, Scotland

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