Milheugh Bridge

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Blantyre, Lanarkshire, Scotland

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River Calder at Milheugh Bridge, Blantyre

Milheugh BridgeMilheugh Bridge looking upstream. Underneath the bridge was known as Soldiers Hole. “Sodger’s Hole”

A soldier home on leave from the first world war drowned in the deep hole below Milheugh Bridge. When the bridge was demolished and rebuilt in 1948 the hole was filled in with the rubble from the old bridge and concreted over.

It was very common for the photographer to be accompanied by his wife as can be seen in lots of the old photographs. In this one there is a lady on the right bank carrying a child, so that could be the photographers wife in this case.

As for the six or seven urchins on top of the bridge… well they could tell their own story if they could.

Park's family at Milheugh BridgeI know that you will recognise the spot immediately. Just upstream of Millheugh Bridge there was, at least in 1957, a reasonably flat area of rock which was great for picnics, bonfires, and even a wee paddle. The rock pool’s were great for sailing small boats. The picture shows, from right to left, brother Robert, Dad, George Senior, sister Shirley, and me with a boat which made its way to the Clyde. Mum took the photograph on a Coronet bellows camera which produced 8 photographs on a spool of Kodak 120 film. We still have the camera, but the digital age rendered it almost obsolete. How things have changed.

George Parks

Annie Murdoch Anderson Black: Brilliant.

Margaret Stewart: Fantastic to see pics like this.

John Cornfield: Great pic.

Elizabeth Weaver: Brilliant stuff!

Anne-marie Hart: On the way to where the falls were I used to go to the part of the water that was on the right hand side and you sat at the top & slide down it like a water slide it was brill.

Milheugh Bridge 1910Milheugh Bridge 1910

These three photos by Jim Brown.


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