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Marblez

Larkhall

Larkhall is a town approx 14 miles southeast of Glasgow. It was situated on the main Glasgow to Carlisle trunk road until bypassed by the M74 motorway in the 1970's. It is well known for its affiliation to a certain Glasgow football club, however the new Asda which opened in the town last March still retains it's standard livery.
Marblez

Millheugh Bridge

c.1900 ??


Feb 2013


Millheugh Bridge by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr

Broomhill House was built and extended from about 1568. It was owned by Captain Henry Montgomery MacNeil - Hamilton (this is where the name MacNeil Street comes from). This family were a branch of the Hamilton's who resided in nearby Hamilton Palace. It is also the basis for the story of "The Black Lady" an Indian woman he brought back with him from one of his sea voyages in 1902. She mysteriously disappeared one night two years later and her ghost is said to haunt the site. The Captain died prematurely in 1924 and none of his family would move back into the house. It was in the hands of caretakers until partly destroyed by fire in 1943. The house was sold to another member of the family in 1954 and following a televised live exorcism in the cellar of the house in the house in the 1960's the lady owner then had the cellars sealed off and the building demolished. Today nothing remains apart from a few blocks scattered about the site, although the door lintel from the house now resides in the nearby Applebank Inn.

The old sandstone bridge was replaced by the current one in 1935 following it's collapse one night in 1934.
Marblez

Larkhall (Central) station

Larkhall Central station - 1905


Larkhall station - Dec 2005


Larkhall Station 2005 by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr

Larkhall station - Feb 2013

Larkhall Station 2013 by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr

Larkhall Central station was opened by the Caledonian Railway on 1st July 1905 and continued on to Stonehouse and Stathaven. It was the second station to be opened by the company, the first being Larkhall East in 1856 at the foot of Station Road. The line was closed under the Beeching Axe on 4th October 1965, despite local outcry. Forty years later the line was reinstated (only as far as Larkhall) reopening on the 12th December 2005. The line reopened as part of the Argyle line through Glasgow Central low level along with two new stations at Merryton (in the north of Larkhall) and Chatelherault (in Ferniegair). An hourly Sunday service is now available following successful trials in 2007, which is in addition to the weekly half-hourly service.
Marblez


Larkhall Viaduct (W) by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr


Larkhall Viaduct (E) by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr


View from Viaduct by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr


Art  ? by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr

The Larkhall Viaduct across the Avon Gorge is the tallest rail bridge in Scotland spanning 770 feet with a central span rising to 174 feet which is 170 feet above the water. It was built by Arrol Bros between 1898 and 1904 and carried the Caledonian line between Larkhall and Stonehouse. This line also had the longest viaduct in Scotland at Stonehouse but today only the pillars remain after the deck was removed in 1984. This was some twenty years after the line closed under the Beeching Report on the 4th October 1965. The viaduct has now been unused and unmaintained for almost 50 years so although reasonably sound there are concerns regarding public access to the structure. This led to the building of 10 feet high concrete walls in 2010 to this end. Although the line reopened to Larkhall (at the original Larkhall Central station on Caledonian Road) on the 9th December 2005 (over forty years since closure) with the poor condition of this viaduct and only the pillars remaining at Stonehouse it would seem unlikely the line will ever go any further. Two sets of tracks have been provided at Larkhall station and there has been talk, since 1995, of integrating the viaduct within a walkway/cycleway between the two towns. Hoepfully this will lead to its retention as it has survived at least three attempts to have it demolished since 1984.
Marblez


Ye Olde Applebank Inn by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr


Beer Garden by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr

The Applebank Inn is a well-kent Larkhall watering hole. It can trace it's roots back to the 1700's. Inside is the door lintel from nearby Broomhill House which is said to be the reason that The Black Lady haunts the pub.
Marblez


Millheugh pano by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr


Morgan Glen entrance by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr

This is a panorama shot from the opposite bank of the Avon Water. The second building from right is the Applebank Inn and across the bridge on the right hand side is the entrance into Morgan Glen (just where the tall tree is). This is an area around the Avon Gorge which was bought by John Morgan, a former proprietor of the Applebank Inn from the Hamilton family, which he gifted to the people of Larkhall . The area is also home to the famous viaduct.
Marblez


Swings and Shadows by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr


Natural Forces by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr

Swingpark across from the Applebank Inn and the Avon Water running under Millheugh Bridge with the viaduct in the distance.
Marblez


Morgan Glen Monument by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr


View from Morgan Glen by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr

The monument erected in 2009 in Morgan Glen. Due to it's lofty position the glen provides some spectacular views. This is looking north towards the Chatelherault estate (the High Parks) on the other side of the Avon.
cybers

Some good before and afters in that wee set there Ally.
Marblez


Broomhill House I by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr


Broomhill House II by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr


Broomhill House III by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr

cybers wrote:
Some good before and afters in that wee set there Ally.

Cheers Davie, hope to include a few more. These are some views of what remained of Broomhill House as of Feb 2013.
Marblez


Broomhill House IV by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr


Broomhill House V by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr


Broomhill House VI by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr

Some more views of Broomhill House (Feb 2013).
Marblez


Stony Broke by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr


Rusty Rocker by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr

Due to its remote location it has become a magnet for drinking and dumping.
Marblez


Larkhall Academy by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr


Larkhall Viaduct by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr


View from Broomhill House by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr

Some views from the site of Broomhill House. Larkhall Academy is the second school to be built on what was part of the Broomhill estate. This building recently replaced the one which was built further down Broomhill Road in the 1970's. The viaduct has been redundant since 1965. The last view is looking west across Morgan Glen, the Millheugh panorama was taken from the road below the house on the far bank.
Marblez

Bleachfields

c.1900 ??
Old Photograph Millheugh South Lanarkshire Scotland

Feb 2013


Bleachfields by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr

The Bleachfield Cotton works, a source of employment until the 1920's when they closed. The remaining buildings were demolished in the 1990's to make way for a new housing scheme.
Marblez

Larkhall Cross

c.1890



c.1910


Jan 2014

Larkhall Cross by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr

The Cross came in to being after the completion of the Glasgow - Carlisle trunk road by Thomas Telford in 1820. The trams ran in the town from 1905 - 1928. Today Whitelaws is the main bus operator in Larkhall.
Marblez

Raploch Street

c.1890


Jan 2014


Raploch St by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr

Raploch St continues across into Wellgate St and along with London St and Union St forms Larkhall Cross.
Marblez

Hamilton Road junction

c.1920s


Jan 2014


Hamilton Road junction by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr

This is the first major junction encountered when entering the town from the north. Hamilton Street is off to the left which was on the old Edinburgh to Ayr coach road and leads to the original cross. Glenview continues as London Street on the right. It has become so busy in the last few years that the junction now has traffic lights.
Marblez

Charing Cross

c.1905


Jan 2014


Charing Cross by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr

Charing Cross is formed from the junction of Union St, Muir St, Church St and MacNeil St. The Charing Cross tram stop was outside St Machan's church (where the current bus stop is).
Marblez

War Memorial

Oct 1921


Jan 2014


War Memorial by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr


War Memorial - wreaths by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr

The War Memorial was unveiled on Sunday 30th October 1921. It is situated in Memorial Park, Glenview.
norrie

Hi Marblez, see you have been busy, well done
Been busy myself today, visiting two small towns in the South Lanarkshire area, took loads of photos, not like me I know
Marblez

norrie wrote:
Hi Marblez, see you have been busy, well done
Been busy myself today, visiting two small towns in the South Lanarkshire area, took loads of photos, not like me I know


I never bumped into you in Larkie so I take it you were elsewhere
norrie

Yes, elsewhere, funny thing, I never thought of doing Larkhall, been there looking for cinemas, a fair number of years ago

I have another town to post before the two I done today, if I get time off from Glasgow
cybers

norrie wrote:
Yes, elsewhere, funny thing, I never thought of doing Larkhall, been there looking for cinemas, a fair number of years ago

I have another town to post before the two I done today, if I get time off from Glasgow


Biggar  
norrie

Hi Cybers, not much need to do Biggar I should have some shots while hill walking in the area
Mind you, I  could do more
Alycidon

Hi Marblez

Have you ever done any exploration in the Avon Gorge?  When I was a teenager (we are talking mid 1970s) I had a mate who stayed in Quarter and I used to go over there and did some exploration in that area.  One of our favourite haunts was in the Avon Gorge near Larkhall where there was the remains of some mineworkings in the Avon Braes.  From memory there was some building remains at the south west side of the gorge, with an inclined plane cut into the side of the gorge, over the river there was the remains of a bridge which by that time was pretty scary to cross as the deck had rotted away in many places.  On the other side was the entrance to the drift mine, open to anyone brave enough to enter.  We dared each ither to go in and ventured about 20ft inside before copping out!!  The position of these remains can be seen on this mid-1960s map
http://www.old-maps.co.uk/maptiles/m100954_274153_652456.png.
Looking at Google Earth the area is now heavily wooded and there is no sign of the bridge, However if you are ever down that way I would be interested to know if there is anything left.
Marblez

Alycidon

I came across Avonbraes Colliery on the RC@HMS website when I was looking for old photos of the area. It shows the inclined plane which took the coal from the colliery down to the Avon. From what I can make out it is in the vicinity of the White Bridge within the Chatelherault Estate. From memory there is a brick structure down near the bridge but nearly every time I have been up in the area the White Bridge seems to be closed due to landslips. Will need to take another trip up and see what remains. I am sure mother nature has reclaimed the land and most traces will be gone as I have passed by on many occasions and was completely unaware of anything being there in the past.
Alycidon

Hi Marblez

Thanks very much for that link, never thought to check RC@HMS!!  That is exactly as I remember it, brought back a lot of memories.  We used to get there from Quarter, there was a farm track from Quarter Crossroads, past North Quarter Farm which then went straight Northwest to towards the Avon, a left turn at the end of that track brought us to the top of the inclined plane, think there were steps down the side of where the rails used to be but I might be wrong.

JBH
Marblez

The Old Cross

Jan 2014


Hamilton Street (N) by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr


Drygate Street (S) by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr


Wellgate Street (E) by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr

The original cross at the junction of Hamilton St, Duke St, Drygate St and Wellgate St. Hamilton St and Drygate St formed part of the Ayr - Edinburgh route in the late eighteenth century. Duke St is the main road artery connecting the town to the M74 at junction 7, but this crossroads is the most recent junction in the town to acquire traffic lights, having previously been a mini-roundabout for many years.
Marblez

Old Council Chambers

Jan 2014


Old Council Chambers by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr

Originally built as council chambers in Victoria St in 1896 and still owned by SLC. This building served as the rent office until March 2012.

Cameronian Hall

Jan 2014


Cameronian Hall by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr

The Cameronians were formed in 1881 and disbanded in 1968, after which the building in Victoria St was converted for use by the community.
Marblez

Alycidon wrote:
Hi Marblez

Thanks very much for that link, never thought to check RC@HMS!!  That is exactly as I remember it, brought back a lot of memories.  We used to get there from Quarter, there was a farm track from Quarter Crossroads, past North Quarter Farm which then went straight Northwest to towards the Avon, a left turn at the end of that track brought us to the top of the inclined plane, think there were steps down the side of where the rails used to be but I might be wrong.

JBH

There are loads of old mines and pits in that area, this map shows quite a few - Quarter. While there seems to be no trace of the actual pits themselves it is still possible to trace the routes which the rails took which fed them. These were fed from the Hamilton - Strathaven line which closed in the 1950s.
cybers

Ally have they brought that old Esso place west from the rent office up to modern standards...
Last time i was in there for Diesel they had pumps from possibly the 80's maybe even earlier and were a full 8p cheaper than Asda at the forge.
Marblez

cybers wrote:
Ally have they brought that old Esso place west from the rent office up to modern standards...
Last time i was in there for Diesel they had pumps from possibly the 80's maybe even earlier and were a full 8p cheaper than Asda at the forge.

Marblez wrote:


Drygate Street (S) by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr

Not sure Davie, I presume it's the one in Drygate St just on the left hand side of the pic. Will have a wee nosy next time I'm passing. The other two are the Shell in Machan Road and the new Asda has a card only set-up down at Broomhill.
cybers

Thats the one, It amazes me that this little residential road not only has a garage but is also used by HGV's as an official through way.
Marblez

There has been a garage on that site as long as I can remember. The main reasons it is so busy is that Duke St (to the left at The Ranch) is the main route to the motorway, and Drygate St itself is part of the main route from Larkhall to Ashgill, Netherburn etc as well as the Clyde Valley routes via Garrion Bridge. On a side note there used to be a filling station at the Lanark Road End which sold 2-Star and 4-Star back in the 70's, none of yer unleaded back then
Marblez

King Street

c1905


Jan 2014


King Street by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr

King St was built to aid access to the new Larkhall Central station on Caledonian Road. The building to the right is the former Empire cinema which became the inevitable Bingo hall and is currently vacant. The small station building was my first foray into urbexing in the very early 1980s when I was about 10. The rest of the station buildings were demolished in 1968 just three years after closure.
Marblez

Union St

c.1940s


c.1950s


Jan 2014


Union Street by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr

The large sandstone building was occupied by the Victualling Co-Operative Society until it and the wee cottages next door were demolished and replaced by the inevitable brick boxes of the 1970s. Unlike many other Co-Ops the Larkhall branch is still open, and nowadays its main competitor is the new Asda which opened last year.
cybers

Is the Asda still green   Co-Op obviously isnae the same as ours
Much ado made over colours in the old Larkhall mostly made up by the press for shock n awe then companies followed suit but i only saw this as a gimmick for the free advertising after they tipped the papers off...
Marblez

cybers wrote:
Is the Asda still green   Co-Op obviously isnae the same as ours
Much ado made over colours in the old Larkhall mostly made up by the press for shock n awe then companies followed suit but i only saw this as a gimmick for the free advertising after they tipped the papers off...

Yes the Asda is still green - well it was on Wednesday (I have photos to prove it)
Beano

Marblez wrote:
cybers wrote:
Is the Asda still green   Co-Op obviously isnae the same as ours
Much ado made over colours in the old Larkhall mostly made up by the press for shock n awe then companies followed suit but i only saw this as a gimmick for the free advertising after they tipped the papers off...

Yes the Asda is still green - well it was on Wednesday (I have photos to prove it)

T'was rumored a few years ago that apple doughnuts with white icing and green stripes didn't go down very well with the locals
Marblez

Millheugh

c.1910


Jan 2014


Millheugh by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr

This was the main point for crossing the Avon Water until 1790 when the first bridge was built further upstream. Looks much the same today as it did 100 years ago ... apart from the trees
Marblez

Old Cross Garage

Jan 2014



Old Cross Garage by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr


Pumps by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr

The Old Cross Garage in Drygate St.
Marblez

Asda

Feb 2013


Asda Larkhall - Feb 13 by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr

Jan 2014

Asda Larkhall - Jan 14 by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr

Asda opened in Mar 2013 down behind the Leisure Centre at Broomhill.
Marblez

Union St

Jan 2014


Union St Larkhall by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr


Subway Larkhall by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr

The Boots pharmacy was previously Moss Chemists. They had a blue on white sign. Anyone spot anything unusual about Subway ?
cybers

Aye it's still open.
Beano

cybers wrote:
Aye it's still open.

Aye..and somebody's in it    not mucho green on the shop front.
Marblez

Merryton station

Jan 2014


Merryton Station by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr


Merryton Park & Ride by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr

Merryton station opened on the 12th December 2005 on the reinstated line to Larkhall. It has Park & Ride facilities and serves the north of the town. Most of the trains are usually three-car EMUs but occasionally a six-car set ventures down the line (usually at peak times).
Marblez

Larkhall Academy

Feb 2013


Larkhall Academy - Original (F) by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr

Jan 2013

Larkhall Academy - Original (R) by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr

Larkhall Academy first opened in 1868 as Union St Subscription School in the grey sandstone building (on the right in the Union St (F) photo). It was extended in 1896 with the building of the blonde sandstone building as demand was outstripping capacity.
Marblez

1910


Jan 2014

Happy Feet Nursery by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr

A further extension was built on Academy St in 1910 which increased the school capacity to 2000. This arrangement sufficed until new premises were opened at Cherryhill in 1972. This building was demolished in 1994 and was replaced by the current building which was initially the Job Centre. Today the building is occupied by the Happy Feet nursery, which is managed by Shirley Clark.
Marblez

Jun 2009 ©Dannie Calder @ Geograph


Jan 2014

Larkhall Academy - Modern II by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr


Larkhall Academy - Modern I by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr

Top pic is the 1972 building at Cherryhill which lasted barely thirty years before being replaced by the current building a few hundred yards along Broomhill Road closer to the town. I cannot understand this use of wood as a cladding material as it does nothing for the overall look of the building which is just over four years old. The sign above the main entrance now reads LAR HALL  CADEM ....  I wonder if I will be around when this building is replaced
IBrown

Lived here for a few years in the 1970's. My  original home in Raploch Street was demolished while I still lived there, it was handy for Millheugh. Moved up to Machanhill. Walked the old railway through old Central station (the present day one) a few times and once had a pigeon loft in old Goods Yard. The Glen and the viaduct were popular local walks, but the viaduct was dangerous even then, holes in the deck.

This was in the time of the planned Stonehouse New Town and the railway re-opening to Stonehouse. Will always remember Stonehouse Viaduct, never seen anything quite like it before or since. Stonehouse was cancelled for GEAR, shortly afterwards 'somebody' blew up Stonehouse Viaduct in the middle of the night for scrap (no planning permission) and it was another 30-odd years before the railway finally came to Larkhall. Agree it is unlikely that it will be extended further south.

As far as I am concerned Larkhall's main claim to fame is a main street that changed names 5 times in the space of less than a mile.
Marblez

Old Goods Yard

Jan 2014


Old Goods Yard I by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr


Old Goods Yard II by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr

The park and ride car park for Larkhall Station is on the site of the old goods yard. The top picture is taken from the MacNeil St bridge and the line here was down in a cutting which curved towards the trees on the right. There was a massive stone wall which separated the line from the yard and trains accessed the yard from the south at the rear of where the Leisure Centre is today. The lower photo shows the new footpath created where the line used to run which connects the car park to the station.
Marblez

Raploch Street

1960s


Feb 2013


Raploch Street (E) by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr

Raploch St from MacNeil St looking towards the cross. Raploch St was realigned in the 1970s and the junction with MacNeil St is closer to the town.
Marblez


Tribboch Street by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr


Raploch Street (W) by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr

The top picture shows part of the original Raploch St, however this section is now called Tribboch St. The lower picture shows where Raploch St was realigned in the 1970s. The flats show the position of where the original road met MacNeil St.
Marblez

St Machans church

Jan 2014


St Machans church by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr

Located in Church St, the church opened for worship in 1835. The War Memorial dates from 1921.

Trinity Church

Jan 2014


Trinity church by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr

Located in Union St, the church opened for worship in 1901.
Marblez

St Marys church

Feb 2013


St Marys church by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr

Established in Raploch Road in 1872, this building opened for worship in 1905.

Congregational church

Jan 2014


Congregational church by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr

Located in Muir St, this church opened for worship in 1875.
Beano

Ally, some really good photographs and info in this thread mate        
Marblez

Beano wrote:
Ally, some really good photographs and info in this thread mate        


Cheers Ben, just trying to let folks know there is more to Larkie than its Old Firm affiliations and its supposed aversion to la couleur verte.
cybers

Ally are the two old Petrol Pumps still in Montgomery Street ?

I used to have a wee bit of an affiliation With Carty's and used to see them quite regularly but never with a bloody camera.
Marblez

cybers wrote:
Ally are the two old Petrol Pumps still in Montgomery Street ?

I used to have a wee bit of an affiliation With Carty's and used to see them quite regularly but never with a bloody camera.

Davie, no sadly they have gone to the great petroleum spirit in the sky, I had a wee nosy but all that is there now is the base and the bunker which sat behind them. The whole area is fenced off with the kind of metal railings that line every piece of railway in the country these days.
Marblez

High Merryton Farm

Jan 2014


High Merryton farm I by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr


High Merryton Farm II by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr

High Merryton farm is a dairy farm owned by John Harvey. It is on the northern border of the town.
Marblez

Carlisle Road

Jan 2014


Carlisle Road (N) by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr


Carlisle Road (S) by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr

Top photo is looking north out of Larkhall with the farmland extending down to the Lanark Road End. There has been talk of more housing going up in these fields in the future. The bottom photo is entering the town, with the stone layby on the left a remnant of the past. It may have been used for resting the horses or was possibly a change-over point. This view also shows part of the two newest housing estates built around the turn of the century.
norrie

Hi Marblex, Larkhall is fairly keeping you busy, well done
Marblez

Marblez wrote:
cybers wrote:
Ally are the two old Petrol Pumps still in Montgomery Street ?

I used to have a wee bit of an affiliation With Carty's and used to see them quite regularly but never with a bloody camera.

Davie, no sadly they have gone to the great petroleum spirit in the sky, I had a wee nosy but all that is there now is the base and the bunker which sat behind them. The whole area is fenced off with the kind of metal railings that line every piece of railway in the country these days.

It's just as well some members on here are more conscientious than others then - thank you dickyhart

Larkhall by dickyhart, on Flickr
cybers

Nice one Cuddles  
Marblez

cybers wrote:
Nice one Cuddles  

Anytime Dimples
dickyhart

cybers wrote:
Nice one Cuddles  



grrrr!!

cybers

Awe ther yir ther  
Marblez

Larkhall East Station

Date Unknown


Jan 2014


Larkhall East Station (site of) by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr

Larkhall East station was opened in 1856 by the Caledonian Railway on the mineral line which went to Brocketsbrae. It wasn't until 1868 that the first passenger trains ran along the line to Motherwell and then in 1876 to Hamilton. The line closed in Oct 1951. The new fence next to the red sign for R&J Leather, whose premises now occupy the site of the goods station, indicates the position of the stone bridge where the line passed under Duke St. There is no trace of the station left today although the old goods shed was only demolished a few years ago. There are a couple of photos of it on the Railbrit site.
Marblez

Duke Street

Jan 2014


Duke Street (E) by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr


Duke Street (W) by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr

Top photo is looking along Duke St to where it heads down to meet the Lanark Road at Junction 7 of the M74. The bend where the vehicles are is where the road was realigned for this purpose, until then it had taken a straighter route right down to Highlees farm. This farm faces the southbound off-ramp from the motorway. The bottom pic is taken looking into Larkhall from where the stone bridge crossed the line into the old Larkhall East Station. Duke St Cemetery is prominent on the left hand side.
Marblez

Duke Street Cemetery

Jan 2014


Duke St Cemetery I by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr


Duke St Cemetery II by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr

Duke St Cemetery opened in 1889. This is the original entrance from Duke St, the house is now empty. The cemetery has expanded since first opened and is split into divisions. The lower photo shows Division 1, which extended just beyond the low wall. Division 2 is the section which went beyond that to the gates on Station Rd.
Marblez


Duke St Cemetery III by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr


Duke St Cemetery IV by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr

Top photo shows Division 3, which started beyond the original northern boundary and was extended as far as the railway line. It stretches from Duke St to Station Rd, although the Duke St gates are now unused, access being from the gates on Station Rd.The alignment of the railway accounts for the slightly offset line of the northern wall of this division. The newest section is Division 4 which is on the opposite side of Station Road and opened in the 1960s.
Marblez

St Tam's

Jan 2014


St Tam's by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr

Lodge St Thomas 306. The Masonic Lodge in Wellgate St can trace its charter back to 1823. It is known locally as St Tam's.
Marblez

Glengowan Primary


Larkhall Academy - Original (F) by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr


New Glengowan Primary School by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr

When Larkhall Academy moved to their new premises down at Cherryhill in 1972, these buildings were taken over by Glengowan Primary School. The original Glengowan Primary was down on Millheugh Brae. The new building in Summerlee Road opened in January 2012. Since then, the old buildings are being used as a "decant" and are currently occupied by St Mary's. Machanhill will be moving in sometime later this year when the new St Mary's opens.
Marblez

Machanhill Primary

Jan 2014


Machanhill Primary (F) I by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr


Machanhill Primary (F) II by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr


Machanhill Primary (R) by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr

Machanhill Primary is now in its final year, having served the area of the same name for nearly ninety years, having opened in August 1927. This was my primary school in the 1970s, in those days the playground at the back was not fenced off like it is today, and there was a different hut where the grey one stands today. We used to have massive umpteen-a-side games of football with the wee brown rubber balls which were the size of a mini-football. I still have the scars on my hand from when I fell behind the hut on the right ! These buildings will be demolished and a new school built in it's place. In my day the school had 24 classrooms, the new build will only have 12.
norrie

Hi Marblez, I didn't know you were a Larkie boy
Cant be much more for you to shoot, or is there?
Marblez

Well now you know Norrie. There is loads more - watch this space
Marblez

Robert Smillie Memorial Primary

Jul 09


Jan 2014


New Robert Smillie Primary II by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr


New Robert Smillie Primary III by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr


New Robert Smillie Primary I by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr

Robert Smillie Memorial Primary is on Glen Ave. The school is named after the Irishman who campaigned for miner's rights. The original building dated from 1957 and the new one opened in 2010.
Marblez

Craigbank Primary

Jan 2014


New Craigbank Primary by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr


Old Craigbank Primary (site of) by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr

The new Craigbank Primary is in Glengonnar St and opened in 2008. The original building was in Avon Road and was identical to Robert Smellie having being built around the same time in the late 1950s. Strange how they demolished all the buildings and yet left the original sign though
Marblez

St Marys Primary

Feb 2013


St Marys Primary (F) 2013 by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr

Jan 2014

St Marys Primary (F) 2014 by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr

Feb 2013

St Marys Primary (R) 2013 by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr

Jan 2014

St Marys Primary (R) 2014 by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr

The sandstone building dates from 1872 and was the original church. It is listed and has been incorporated into the new-build which is due to open this year.
cybers

You would have thought with its prominence on the hill there would have been some sort of WWII defence installation nearby.
Been getting to see bits of Larkha' I have never seen before and had actually been meaning to go back and do the viaduct from the top myself.
Marblez

cybers wrote:
You would have thought with its prominence on the hill there would have been some sort of WWII defence installation nearby.
Been getting to see bits of Larkha' I have never seen before and had actually been meaning to go back and do the viaduct from the top myself.

Davie I wish I had more older photos from when I grew up there, the changes are more evolutionary rather than revolutionary. Unlike bits of Glasgow which were flattened, rebuilt then flattened again, Larkie has retained a lot of it's older buildings. I have loads more stuff to post so hopefully you will all see a bit more of the place over the next few weeks. I suppose the most drastic change was the twelve blocks of flats, Patchy Park, which were demolished to make way for the new Craigbank Primary.
Marblez

Larkhall Thistle FC

Jan 2014


Gasworks Park - gates by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr


Gasworks Park - pitch by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr

There are two football clubs associated with the town, Thistle is probably the better known. It is the oldest junior club in Scotland having been founded in 1878. They have played at Gasworks Park Raploch St since 1881. Several players have gone on to obtain a reputation in the professional game.
Marblez

Royal Albert FC

Jan 2014


Raploch Park (site of) by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr


Larkhall Academy - Modern II by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr - Site of Robert Smillie Park

The lesser known of the two local teams, the Albert were also formed in 1878. Having plyed their trade in the senior leagues for many years, being a founder member of the Scottish League Division Three in 1923, they were forced to fold due to financial difficulties. They reformed as a junior club and initially played at Raploch Park, on the opposite side of Raploch St from their local rivals before moving to Robert Smillie Park at Broomhill in 1964.  They stayed here until the end of the 2006/07 season when the ground was taken over for the new Larkhall Academy. Having gound-shared at Gasworks Park for a few years, this season sees them playing their home games at Tileworks Park in Stonehouse. The houses in Annbank St / Watson St, are built on the site of Raploch Park.
Marblez

Hawick Royal Albert, who were formed in 1947 as a breakaway from Hawick Railway FC, are so named because one of the co-founders William Bunton was from Larkhall. The other co-founder was Harry Weir.
norrie

Hi marblez, the things you learn on web sites, I had no idea Larkhall had two teams at one time, I had heard of Larkhall Thistle but not Royal Albert
Larkhall thistle are older than Celtic by 10 years
Keep up the good work
Marblez

Chalmers church

Date Unknown (pre 1950s)


Jan 2014


Chalmers Church (site of) by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr


Chalmers church by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr

The original Victorian building was on Union St next door to the old Larkhall Academy. The dividing wall is still there today, next to Subway. The new building in Strutherhill opened in the 1950s.
Marblez

Baptist church

Jan 2014


Larkhall Baptist church by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr

The Baptist church on Machan Road dates from the 1960s.
Marblez

MacNeil Street

c.1970


Jan 2014


MacNeil Street @ Croft Road by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr

MacNeil Street is one of the streets which takes its name from the town's connection with the Hamilton family. This view from Croft Road shows the realigned Raploch Street on the left.
Marblez

1912


Jan 2014


MacNeil Street @ Caledonian Road by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr

This view from the railway bridge shows the cottages which were built for the weavers who worked in the town in the 1800s. There are similar properties in Low and High Pleasance, Miller St, John St and there were many which were demolished in Raploch St. Apart from the cars, the view is identical today as it was over a hundred years ago.
Marblez

Miller Street

Jan 2014


Miller Street @ Margaret's Place by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr


Miller Street @ High Pleasance by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr

More of the weaver's houses. Robert Smillie stayed in one of the houses on the right hand side going down the hill.
cybers

Quite a religious wee toon by all accounts. By my reckoning to fill every seat in all of those churches of a Sunday they must play it like musical chairs.
Marblez

cybers wrote:
Quite a religious wee toon by all accounts. By my reckoning to fill every seat in all of those churches of a Sunday they must play it like musical chairs.

And that's not including the Kingdom Hall in Montgomery St and the Church at the Cross in Union Street ....
Marblez

Viaducts

May 2013


Larkhall Viaduct by MM0XXP, on Flickr - Looking towards Larkhall

Sep 2013

Larkhall viaduct by MM0XXP, on Flickr - Looking towards Stonehouse

Nov 2013

Stonhouse Viaduct by MM0XXP, on Flickr - Looking towards Stonehouse

I found these on Flickr and the guy who took them kindly gave me permission to post them on here. The top two are of the Larkhall Viaduct and the last one is what remains of the viaduct at Stonehouse. I think it gives a clear indication of the capabilities of the Victorian engineers who designed and built them, and also the wealth of the Caledonian railway who clearly thought such an investment was justifiable on the one line.
norrie

Hi Marblez, cracking shots, I was thinking you had gone up in the world
Marblez

Norrie, there are more on his Flickr page if you are interested
norrie

Hi Marblez, I am too busy posting and taking my own stuff, I thought I would be finished taking photos by now, reckon not, I think I will be clicking till I drop
I took over 100 today
Marblez

Police Station & Fire Station

c.1910


Jan 2014


Police Station by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr


Fire Station by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr

The Police Station is on Caledonian Road and dates back to 1901. The Fire Station was next door until it moved to new premises in Claude Street in the 1990s. The photo shows just how little this part of Caledonian Road has changed in over a century, with the old Post Office building and the old Empire Theatre building at King Street in both photos.
Marblez

Library

Jan 2014


Old Library by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr

New Library

The old library on Muir Street dates back to the 1950s. It closed in 2012 and moved into the new premises on Union St along with the rent office. I remember this being a shop called Prentice Travel and there was a lane down the side which took you through on to Caledonian Road. That has long since disappeared and there is a massive extension behind the Union St building nowadays.
Marblez

DAKS Simpson

Jan 2014



DAKS Simpson - gates by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr


DAKS Simpson - sign by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr


DAKS Simpson - rubble by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr



A name synonymous with Larkhall is that of DAKS Simpson, clothing manufacturers. The factory opened in the 1940s and over the course of seventy years employed thousands of local people, indeed, in some families several generations worked here. The gates finally closed in 2001, due to cheaper labour conditions in Asian countries. The buildings were finally demolished just over ten years later. The purple area shows the extent of the plant while the orange area on the left shows the Patchy Park flats which were demolished to make way for the new Craigbank Primary school.
norrie

Hi Marblez, big factory right enough,  friend of mine lives in Larkhall and I heard him mentioning Daks , often
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