Taking you back 64 years now to 1953. Pictured from above is a rare low height aerial photo of Blantyre. This time Glasgow Road junction at Bardykes Road and what you’re looking at is the Westend Bar.
*Note photo incorrectly says 1960.
The Public Bar backyard is transformed temporarily into a small compound, acting as the base and building site for the “then” new homes being built around this area. Trees are being felled in the lands of Wheatland to make way for the new homes along Glasgow Road at Cloudhowe Terrace.
The collective name for the tenement houses, shop and West End Bar, on Glasgow Road is West End Place. That name was known as far back as 1900, and possibly earlier back to the 1890’s when the building was constructed. In 1930, John Anderson Gray owned the building, (taken over from Robert Craig, who also owned the Old Original Pub.)
From “Blantyre Explained” by Paul Veverka (c)
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