Strathaven in old picture postcards volume 1

Strathaven in old picture postcards volume 1

:   Robert P. Currie
:   Lanarkshire, South
:   United Kingdom
:   978-90-288-4664-7
:   80
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I first started collecting postcards more than 40 years ago when I was 9 years old. Later I was to give that collection away and some 20 years hence started another collection which today numbers over 1,500 different views of places as far apart as Kirkintilloch and Katmandu. There are reekoned to be about 20,OOOcollectors in the U.K. alone. This is not surprising when one considers that postcard collecting is a popular pastime for people of all ages and levels of interest.

The first ever postcards were issued in 1869 by the Austrian postal authority. Other countries quickly caught on to the idea and in 1870 the first British postcards were published. Collecting postcards is a fairly simple pursuit. The cards may be collected as they are received through the post or alternatively purchased for either a few pence or a few pounds, according to their face value, from any of the growing number of dealers in the trade who usually assembIe at postcard fairs in most of our major towns at intervals throughout the year.

Picture postcards are of value to those, like myself, interested in local history . The camera does not lie and in sepia, black and white and colour we find portrayed for us early street scenes, modes of transport and dress, houses and shop fronts which illustrate the forms of a bygone age. These images allow us to reflect, discuss and even admire a more leisurely age. Although I have a number of old views of Strathaven in my personal collection, a few of which are scattered throughout this baak, I am indebted to Mr.

Andrew Sandilands and Mr. Andrew Cunningham, whose combined collections farm the basis of this publication. Both gentlemen are natives of Strathaven, although Mr. Sandilands now lives in Hamilton. I would also thank Mr. Jack Lorimer of Strathaven for his valued co-operation in providing an assortment of views from his collection. My particular thanks is also due to Mrs. I. Dawson, Mrs. C. Rankin, Mr. J. Rossand Mr. JSummers, all of Strathaven, for their advice and encouragement throughout.

In his book 'Modern Strathaven' (With Peeps at its Past) published in 1947, the author John Brown, M.A., makes two suggestions, (1) th at there ought to be in the John Hastie Museum a copy of every published work, pamphlet or brochure dealing with some aspect of the community life of Strathaven (hand-written reports, typescript articles, personal records and newspaper cuttings included), and (2) that a baak ought to be compiled of local views. Recent improvements at the John Hastie Museum by East Kilbride District Council and the establishment of alocal Society of Friends of the Museum have been received enthusiastically. It is, therefore, likely that many new items of memorabilia will in deed be lodged there for the future benefit of residents and vi sitars alike. There have been collected views of Strathaven published in an earlier era by both the late Mr. Nathaniel Bryson and the late Mr. Archibald Sellars and more recently by Strathaven Round Table , who contrasted the slides of the late Dr. Alan Watt, taken in the 1880s, with pictures of mod-

ern day Strathaven taken by Mr. William Beveridge.

This baak of mine is distinct from these others. It is a collection of postcards which have their own story to teil. The baak is not in any way intended to be an historical account, the history of Strathaven and the Parish having been welldocumented by the local Ministers' Statistical Accounts of 1793, 1835 and 1949. These are available for reference at the Central and Local Libraries and make rewarding reading. Local authors such as Mary Gebbie, J. Ramsay Campbell, John Brown, M.A., and W. Fleming Downie, B.Sc., among others, expanded on these ear!ier themes and, in turn, contributed greatly to the general knowledge of the history of the town amongst its inhabitants. Modern Strathaven may be less of a close-knit community, but it retains in large measure that friendliness which makes for a caring community concerned for its people, their wellbeing, their future environment and their historie past. Strathaven is a fine place to raise a family. It is a particularly healthy place situated some 600/800 feet above sea level and surrounded by hills same of which are 1,500 feet in height. That Strathaven should once have enjoyed great popularity as a health resort may come as a surprise to sorne, but as early as 1793 Dr. John Scott wrote: "The air though moist, is not unwholesome, the inhabitants being seldom visited with any epidernical distemper and great numbers survive at the age of 80 years and upwards and there are at least 2 people above 90 years.'

Same 40 odd years later, in 1835, the Reverend William

Proudfoot reports that 'the whole elimate may be rather moist, but it is at the same time healthy'. Similar facts were documented by the Reverend C. Arthur Robertson in his Statistical Account of 1949 and he states, among other things, that ten years earlier he visited in a single afternoon four members of his congregation whose combined ages totalled 369 years.

For my part 1 have been privileged to knowand enjoy the company of Mr. John Summers, 'Malvern' , Strathaven, a man 92 years young, a veteran of 'Kitchener's Arrny' who served in varia us campaigns of the Great War for Civilisation 1914-1918 and who returned unscathed to live out happily the remainder of his lang and active !ife in his horne town. His local knowledge has assisted me greatly in preparing the various descriptions to the postcards pub!ished here. The general character of Strathaven may have changed rapidly over the past 25 years, but despite its growth its essenrial charm remains. New families are eager to plant their roots deep in this lovely old town with its castle, restored town mil!, its several historie churches and other listed buildings of architectural and historie interest set amidst some of the love!iest countryside in Strathclyde Region - 'Better Canna Be'.

Bob Currie

1. Greetings [rom Strathaven. The Edwardian era was Strathaven's heyday as a health and tourist centre. It was widely publicised as 'Scotland's Health Resort' at the centre of historie and pieturesque scenery. lts high altitude gave the town its great reputation for hea1thiness. This eard, postmarked Strathaven, 16th September 1907, is addressed to Mrs. Fleming, Main Street, Westend, BellshilI. It reads: fust come on Wednesday as arranged. We will be very glad to see you all. Mother and I will meet the ZO.15 for fear James should not come til! later. Amongst the twelve loeal views depicted here is one of Ryeland Station, Gilmourton, alas no more. (From the collection of Mrs. C. Rankin, 'Swansdown', Strathaven.)

a.:OCAL EXPRESS Stra'.yen to Hamilton and I)ack in one dav

2. Our Local Express. ├╝wing to the enterprise of the Railway Companies, the country became easily accessible. Strathaven was an admirable case in point. From the Central Station, Glasgow, it could be reached in forty-five minutes - just sufficient time for one to digest a newspaper . The route ofThe Caledonian Railway which served the town with an excellent service of trains ran upwards and along a slope which commanded an extensive sweep of the industrial belt of Scotland.

White Rocks vn ihe A<von. Streiheuen

3. White Rocks on the Avon. The journey from Hamilton to Strathaven was likewise accomplished by numerous fast trains ofThe Caledonian Railway in comfort. The route lay through a pleasant countryside of charming littie woods and streams of the delightful scenery of this part of the upper ward of Lanarkshire. Postmarked Strathaven, 21st September 1909, and addressed to Miss J.C. Bainbridge, Empero Boarding House, Battery Place, Rothesay, the correspondent writes: This place is terribly quiet compared with what we left.

Glasford Bridge, Strathaven,

4. Glasford Bridge, Strathaven. This vignette is typical of the generally delightful scenery of the old Caledonian Railway route.


5. Pomillion Viaducts, Caledonian Railway, Strathaven. These Railway Viaducts, completed in 1900, were a familiar mark on the locallandscape up until1982 when they were demolished. Postmarked Strathaven, 4th August 1914, the message reads: Willie went of! on Wednesday morning. He was very bright. The Great War for Civilisation had only just begun. One assumes that Willie left to join in the international struggle which raged nearly all over the old world between August 1914 and November 1918.

6. St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Presbytery & School, Strathaven. This view of St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Strathaven, includes the farmer St. Patrick's School on the site of which a new Parochial Hall was built. There has been a church on this site since 1864; by 1898 this was proving inadequate for the congregation and the new church pictured here was opened for worship in 1901. A further extension was completed in 1952 when Father James Ward was Parish Priest. The congregation continues to grow and its present pastor is Father Kieran O'Farrell. (FIOm the collection of Mr. T. Cassidy, Strathaven.)

7. Stonehouse Raad, Strathaven. This postcard addressed to Miss M. Paterson, Welshot Mansions, 567 Main Street, Tollcross, Glasgow, and postmarked Strathaven, 12th August 1912, reads: This is one of our nice walks about Strathaven. The view takes in the lower entrance to the New Cemetery where the masonry pillars erected by the former Avondale Parish Council bear the date 1902 and the letters' APC. (From the collection of Mrs. E. Jamieson, East Kilbride.)

8. New Cemetery, Strathaven. The New Cernetery was laid out at the turn of the century to the east side of Kirkhill on ground obtained from Mr. John FJerning of Meadowbank. The first interments took place in 1901. Mr. John Cochrane was the first Superintendent of the New Cernetery.

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