Watson Street

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Blantyre, Lanarkshire, Scotland

High Blantyre

Watson Street

Watson StreetWatson Street ran from Broompark Road to Hunthill Road and had a very unfortunate local nickname, ‘Shitty Street.’

You may wonder why it had such a negative nickname, well, quite simply, Watson Street was named after Watson’s Farm owned by Thomas Watson and son Jimmy and as the herd of cows were driven up Watson Street to the farm for milking, the inevitable always happened. Great if you were a keen gardener but not if you were a pedestrian trying to navigate your way up Watson Street.

The tenement in this photograph was burned down in 1948, adding to the number of homeless in Blantyre due to lack of housing at the time.

Hi Bill,

Just wanted to say how much I love your website, it is full of interesting stories and great for getting information about Blantyre.

I thought you may be able to give me some information about attached pictures of a local Dairy / Farm ? Bottles date from 1930/40s ?
Would love to find out if they came from a farm or shop in the High Blantyre area and if any one could remember them on their doorstep or buying from a dairy ?

Thank You

Colin Gray

 Watson's Dairy Milk Bottles

They are of course Milk Bottles from Watson’s Dairy. The farm was bought over by Peter Wilkie.


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