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The Glen, Auchintibber

 The Glen, Auchintibber

Postcard of Auchintibber GardensThe Gardens, Auchentibber, High Blantyre

The tiny hamlet of Auchentibber, a couple of miles south of High Blantyre, was once a thriving community of around sixty dwellings whose inhabitants worked in the nearby stone quarries. Its wonderful and wacky Italian Gardens were built in a mutually beneficial partnership between J.B. Struthers, the Auchentibber Inn landlord, and local workers. Struthers supplied the cash and the work was done by local miners in conjunction with his nephew Jimmy Green, everyone finished off with a lucrative pint in the INN at the end of the night.

The Gardens, Auchintibber, High Blantyre

Postcard of Auchintibber GardensThe tiny hamlet of Auchintibber, a couple of miles south of High Blantyre, was once a thriving community of around sixty dwellings whose inhabitants worked in the nearby stone quarry’s. Its wonderful and wacky Italian Gardens were built in a mutually beneficial partnership between J.B. Struthers, the Auchintibber Inn landlord, and local workers. Struthers supplied the cash and the work was done by local miners in conjunction with his nephew Jimmy Green, everyone finished off with a lucrative pint in the INN at the end of the night.

Amenities were still amazingly sparse as late as the 1950’s, residents having to resort to paraffin oil lamps and dry toilets, and this, along with the demise of the quarry’s, undoubtedly led to Auchintibber’s demise. by the time of Struthers’ death in 1938, the gardens were just a memory.

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All of these photos have been donated by Elsie Fotheringham, formerly from Springwell and the Village, now Poplar Place, Blantyre. Elsie and her husband David are pillars of the Blantyre Community and we thank them for this valuable contribution.

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Blantyre, Lanarkshire, Scotland

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