This may take you back. Pictured at the bottom of Stonefield Road, in the 1970’s is the former Cobbler’s shop. Previously Frank McGhee’s shop, and even before that Tommy Laughlin, this was the place to take your shoes to get mended. Of course, people did. New soles, insoles and segs. I don’t think I’ll ever forget the smell of leather and the racks of shoes in various stages of being fixed.
This building looks likely to have been constructed in the 1890’s and is now demolished, currently the carpark near the Scotmid Chemist and Priory Inn.
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Jeanette Allardyce Ward Remember it well. What were the other shops on that side of the road in the 70s? I can remember across the road but not that side x
Mary Sambou Butchers shop and Gilbert’s the bakers at the bottom
Jeanette Allardyce Ward I know there was Richardson bakers on the opposite side of the rd from the mcghees. Was there one on that side too? Can’t mind of the bakers either x
Paul McDermott Went in there for my football studs!
Marian Maguire Remember this wee shop well, went their often with the family shoes.
Jackie Johnston A can remember it lol
Anne Lappin Tommy Laughlin moved from Larkfield down to there
The Blantyre Project I didnt know that Anne. When roughly would that have been?
Anna-Marie Clark I remember the smell and how small the shop was
Mary Wood I wish it was still there… I don’t like asda…..
Hugh Mclaughlin In my time,Francy and Neily McGhie,were the cobblers,both now deceased, R.I.P.and the crabbits dug in Blantyre!!!!
Jean McIntosh Yes I remember the cobblers and like you Paul liked the smell if leather etc.
Sylvia Mclaughlin Aye remember the smell n the crabbit dug
Sharon Little Can anyone remember mickeys? I used to love going in there!
Neil Mcgill Wee pokey place but the guys new there stuff.
Margaret Brown Burns Also remember Mrs Woods and her (( chucker. )) sweeties. AND I forgot Dolly Vardins buns mmmmmm
Eileenann Dewar Jeez that picture just reminded me of the smell and a flashback to my childhood.
John Duncan Remember the smell gave you a sore head
Catherine Sneddon I remember this loved the smell of glue and leather x
Isobel Paterson Thinking back can smell it oh to go back in time
Linda Ritchie I loved going to the cobblers – loved the smell too. Mustve been the mid 70’s when we went to the cobblers.
Mary Sambou Went there in the 60’s to early 70’s loved the smell
James Stirling we frank used to keep racing pigeons, but i dont think he ever beat them , nice fella
Sheena Thomson My uncle Robert Gilmour used to work as a cobbler in this wee shop in the mid sixties,because he counldn’t hear so well I would help out at the weekend.
Shirley Lally A loved the smell
Angela Kerr Aw man I loved the smell in there school shoes got segs in there
Catherine Murphy I loved the smell when you went In the shop the shops on the other side of the road the rot iron gate shop then Mickie the laundrette
Robert Stewart Are you sure it was Tommy McLaughlin, I’m sure his name was Tommy Laughlin
Liz Allan The smell of glue and leather 💕 and the segs in your shoes he never let you down x
Stephen AllanDoes anyone know when the building was demolished as I have only ever known it as the car park between the Priory pub and the Scotmid shop?