Stonefield Parish Church Steeple

 

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A photo of Glasgow Road from 1903. In the middle of the picture, Logan Street leads off to the right (which now would be the road leading up to ASDA petrol Station.

The Priory Pub is a notable feature as is the tall Turners Building at the corner of Logan Street, which later would become the site of the post office in the 1950s. Turner’s Building in this era had Brown’s Grocery on the ground floor.

The prominent Stonefield Parish Church at the corner of Church Street is in the background, still complete in this photo with ill fated steeple. The steeple ended up being removed in 1921. The story of this is told here, once told to me by Gordon Cook:

BLANTYRE CHURCH WRECKED BY UNDERGROUND WORKDINGS

The Scotsman on Wednesday 28th September 1921 revealed some things about problems at the Stonefield Parish Church. The serious position in which the congregation of Stonefield Parish Church, Blantyre, now find themselves was the subject of discussion yesterday at the monthly meeting of Hamilton Presbytery.

The fabric of the church was wrecked by underground workings; and for some time back the congregation have been worshipping in temporary accommodation, which in turn is now declared to be not wind and water tight. A proposed restoration scheme of the old church at a cost of about £4000 has met with frequent delays on the part of the Baird Trust and the Home Mission Committee, who ask for guarantees of security for the future. The reply to this is that to ask for secure foundations in a mining area like Blantyre is equivalent to asking for the moon.

A remit has once more been made to the Committee already appointed by the Presbytery to consider the whole matter, with power to take expert opinion if thought desirable, also to estimate what financial assistance ought to be given by the Presbytery, and report.”

Now in “Blantyre Explained” by Paul Veverka (c) 2016

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