Down Memory Lane

Discover the stories that made the Gazette headlines, all those years ago.

Noble house: This very familiar building on Lanark High Street had very posh beginnings, according to local historian Ed Archer. Now a print company base and offices, most folk think it started out life as a bank. However, Ed revealed to the Gazette recently that it was actually built as the Lanark townhouse of the Duke of Hamilton, Scotland’s premier peer. From the car outside, this is probably a 1920s photograph.


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n A storm in Carluke blew down a telegraph pole at Leewoods. Post Office engineers repaired the damage.

n Lanark Fire Brigade was called out to a Sunday night fire at 37 Union Street, Carluke, only to discover on arrival that the call had been a malicious false alarm.

n Over 5000 cigarettes were stolen from Templeton’s grocers in Lanark High Street. The thief had got into the shop through the floor of the unoccupied flat above.

n Lanark United outside right Burns was included in the Wishaw Junior FA Amateur international squad for a floodlit challenge match at Cappielow Park, Greenock, on Monday January 29.

n A torrential rainstorm wreaked havoc in the Clyde Valley, with the River Clyde rising suddenly by at least 10 feet. Houses and glass houses at the edge of the Clyde in Crossford were inundated with water, with householders rushing to move furniture and belongings to upstairs rooms.

n Lanark CYC football team inflicted a 1-0 defeat on leaders Newarthill Rangers.


n A fire destroyed everything apart from the walls at a house in Lesmahagow, causing £1250 worth of damage. The house was insured to the extent of £800.

n Captain Randolph Baird, only son of Mr JP Baird, Castlemains, Douglas, was appointed Deputy Governor of Barlinnie Prison in Glasgow.

n At a Lanark County Council meeting, members agreed to press the Caledonian Railway Company to have suitable convenience provided throughout the day.

n It was reported that the threatened coal strike would be felt particularly badly in the Law district, where the mining industry was practically the only source of employment.

n Popular Carluke chemist John Hinksman, of High Street, had started selling a tonic described as being a remarkable hair grower and destroyer of the dandruff germ.

n Lanark Celtic enjoyed a thumping 7-0 home victory against Carluke Hearts in a Scottish Amateur Cup third round tie.