Station Cafe

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Blantyre, Lanarkshire, Scotland

High Blantyre

High Blantyre Cross c1890

Station CafeA great photo of High Blantyre Cross facing towards Auchinraith, taken around 1890, showing the Station Cafe and Logan’s Pub, later Mary Steele’s Pub, owned by David Logan’s daughter, The Victoria Bar, owned by Mrs Gilmurray, known as Val’s and later Carrigan’s and now The Cornerstone. The Station Cafe was also the first Ice Cream parlour in Blantyre owned by Tedeski and later became Maxwell’s restaurant.

School Lane was between the two buildings on the left and the Station Cafe is at the start of Spiers Laun to the right. The water fountain is on the immediate right.

This panoramic view of High Blantyre Cross taken just after the start of the Great War we have from left to right, the Old Parish Church Hall, Hunthill Road, Mary Steele’s Pub, School Lane, Station Cafe, Spier’s Laun, Main Street, Douglas Street, the Wardrop Moore horse water trough, wall to the Kirkyard, water fountain and General Supply Grocery.  High Blantyre Cross 1915
 Spiers Restaurant also Station Cafe, Maxwell Restaurant and Ice Cream Parlour. High Blantyre c. 1915

Here we have the Station Cafe at the start of Spier’s Laun which later became Maxwell’s Restaurant and Ice Cream Parlour. Next there was Malcolm’s Fruit Shop, William Wilson the Tailor, a butchers shop and a barbers shop

Ice Cream Parlour High Blantyre Main Street, where the Station Cafe was. It was owned by the first Italian in Blantyre, Tedeski.Another view of the Ice Cream Parlour, High Blantyre Main Street. It was owned by the first Italian in Blantyre, Tedeski. Spier’s Laun goes on to become Hendry’s Building which housed the Caledonian Bar approximately 50-60 yards before The Victoria Bar and referred to as Captain MacNeil‘s and as “The Hielandmans” in homage to Captain MacNeil. They ran the pub for nine years before moving their business to Glasgow Road in 1934. They took over The Farmers Club, which is now known as The West End Bar. The Caledonian Bar closed in 1934. The reason for the move was that the High Blantyre property was being demolished by the County Council for road widening purposes!

Maxwell Restaurant

Hi Bill

I’ve attached a photo of my great grannie standing in the doorway of her restaurant at High Blantyre Cross at the end of the nineteenth century. The building is on your website already as ‘The Station Cafe’,  I don’t know which came first.

Bill Agnew (formerly of Auchinraith Road)


Blantyre, Lanarkshire, Scotland

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