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PostPosted: Mon Sep 22, 2014 12:49 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

Couple of photos on the "Britain from Above" website, one shows the old LNER station in the top LH corner.
http://www.britainfromabove.org.uk/image/sar023836

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Alycidon wrote:
Couple of photos on the "Britain from Above" website, one shows the old LNER station in the top LH corner.
http://www.britainfromabove.org.uk/image/sar023836

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Fantastic find there mate! Thought there was zero more old Bellshill photos online.
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taken by our very own Norrie if im not mistaken.

from 1993.

now a chippy and an indian takeaway
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taken by our very own Norrie if im not mistaken.

from 1993.

now a chippy and an indian takeaway


An award winning chip shop, no less, the Alhambra.
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RDR wrote:
DavidMcD316 wrote:

taken by our very own Norrie if im not mistaken.

from 1993.

now a chippy and an indian takeaway


An award winning chip shop, no less, the Alhambra.


Its a nice chippy
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 07, 2016 2:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

Some interesting memories from posters.

I remember the cutting for the old Coatbridge - Bothwell line being filled in when Cardinal Newman was being built. I guess I would have been about ten so the cutting was probably not as deep as I remember it. Used to cut under the bridge on the way to the baths. Used to have many adventures over the Canyon (or Eagles Canyon as West End folk called it) the tip was like another world nearly came a cropper a few times walking into rubbish covered ponds. a few old pit buildings still stood.

I just remember the gas works across from the baths and Glebe Street being taken down, (had lots of wood for bonfire night out of there) My gran lived at John Street from 1928 until they came down about 1976. Someone mentioned the Ice factory that was on John Street on the opposite side before the dentists. Alladins was the council depot. John Street was a dead end in those days with the swing park at the end flanked by the Belmos and Clinic. I was actually led to this site looking for photos of the building in John Street after visiting the Britain from Air site. As has been mentioned too few pictures of Bellshill on the net. I have a little photo of my brother looking out on to Baptist Church from my parents flat in Hunter Street shortly after they where married. My mum didn't venture far from her home in John Street after she was married! I also have a couple of negatives of my Grandad inside John Street which I need to get printed. At one point my grandparents, mother and uncle and also my grans sister, husband and two children lived in that two room flat with the smallest kitchenette imaginable and outside loo.

It was a shame so many tenements where lost in Bellshill.
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The Bellshillian wrote:
Some interesting memories from posters.

I remember the cutting for the old Coatbridge - Bothwell line being filled in when Cardinal Newman was being built. I guess I would have been about ten so the cutting was probably not as deep as I remember it. Used to cut under the bridge on the way to the baths. Used to have many adventures over the Canyon (or Eagles Canyon as West End folk called it) the tip was like another world nearly came a cropper a few times walking into rubbish covered ponds. a few old pit buildings still stood.

I just remember the gas works across from the baths and Glebe Street being taken down, (had lots of wood for bonfire night out of there) My gran lived at John Street from 1928 until they came down about 1976. Someone mentioned the Ice factory that was on John Street on the opposite side before the dentists. Alladins was the council depot. John Street was a dead end in those days with the swing park at the end flanked by the Belmos and Clinic. I was actually led to this site looking for photos of the building in John Street after visiting the Britain from Air site. As has been mentioned too few pictures of Bellshill on the net. I have a little photo of my brother looking out on to Baptist Church from my parents flat in Hunter Street shortly after they where married. My mum didn't venture far from her home in John Street after she was married! I also have a couple of negatives of my Grandad inside John Street which I need to get printed. At one point my grandparents, mother and uncle and also my grans sister, husband and two children lived in that two room flat with the smallest kitchenette imaginable and outside loo.

It was a shame so many tenements where lost in Bellshill.


Some great info there!

Wish there was more old photos of Bellshill online, especially 50s - early 90s
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 08, 2016 11:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

DavidMcD316 wrote:

taken by our very own Norrie if im not mistaken.

from 1993.

now a chippy and an indian takeaway


I thought I recognised the place, but had the single story building on the Bellshill side of the two story one, and if I have it right you've committed sacrilege by calling Mossend Bellshill.

That's the old Alhambra picture house on Main Street Mossend. Went there every Saturday morning with scores of others to the 'Matinee' my initial ticket was purchased by one clean 'jeelie jar' (jam jar to youse) also my uncle worked in the ticket booth. Closed down in the 1960s and turned into the ubiquitous Bingo Hall which my mum went to most nights.

That left just 'The George' on Main Street, Bellshill as the only cinema, the Odeon in Motherwell was the next nearest - but in those days it was dangerous to go outside your own patch because of the gangs and the high likelihood of being jumped because you were a stranger - Viewpark, Holytown, New Stevenson, Coatbridge, Airdrie - all 'no-go' areas.
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"Viewpark, Holytown, New Stevenson, Coatbridge, Airdrie - all 'no-go' areas"
Even Parts of Bellshill! I remember the first time I ventured down the North Road when I was a teenager to meet some school friends. I tried to pass the shops and got a smack in the mouth for my trouble. I also remember the first time I ventured into the Joker again to meet some friends, it was something out a movie, it was an early summer evening going from the light into the dark Joker going through the door and the place went silent couldn't make anyone out luckily someone at the bar new me from school and started talking to me and the buzz resumed. My only previous memory of the joker was when I was at primary I went nesting with this other lad and we ended up going into the woods behind the Joker as it was turning dark I just remember lots of camp fires either side of the Calder it was like something out of a medieval battle scene.  

Ibrown do you remember the Snug my Dad was a regular in there before it got pulled down?
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It's such a long time ago, there were 24 pubs within a square mile between Mossend & Bellshill I could tell you where most of them were but they all had at least two names, I know the Joker on the Calder Road near where I lived, it was probably the newest one, (not counting the Iron Maiden). I also know the Snug but damned if I can place it - was it across the road from the Academy?

The photo of the Alhambra picture house brought it all back - my local under-age pub was diagonally across the road from it - also the Alhambra (not to be confused with the later one on Main Street Bellshill on the Corner of Motherwell Road) Harp Lager at 1 shilling and 11 old pence (less than 10 pence a pint). If we weren't getting drunk fast enough then we'd switch to shorts - think they were dearer than a pint - but the guys behind the bar knew you were under-age and kept an eye on you, any trouble and you were all out and all barred, so if you valued your mates and wanted them to run about with you, then you behaved or you were on your own the next weekend. On that front I think the arrangement helped you to drink responsibly, and I always felt I was a bit of a failure as I was 33 year old before I managed to get barred from my first pub - not my fault guv, I asked for 2 lager and 1 heavy, and 3 pints (Whitbread) that all looked the same to me were put on bar. So I said 'I asked for 2 lager and 1 heavy', and she says 'that is  2 lager and 1 heavy' so I asks what one is the heavy? and she points to the end one, and us 3 guys turn and look at each other, and I pays up. When I next go to the bar they won't serve me.. some mates, they stayed in when I walked out!

On one side of the picture house was the chip shop and on the other the café. I still remember to this day the song playing on the juke box when I first walked into that café  - Frankie Valli singing Rag Doll. Mushy peas and one armed bandits ruled!

You're right about being from Bellshill and still getting jumped there - Orbiston was famous for it, and my late young brother and his mates got caught there by a team who chased them through all the closes and back gardens. They nearly got away by hiding behind one of the blocks of houses - until one warmer amongst his pals happened to look up the close at the same time as one of the team chasing them was looking down it, so nothing left but to get tore in!

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