Discover the stories that made the Carluke and Lanark Gazette headlines, all those years ago.
FAMILIAR FRONTAGE: Here’s a rare view of a very well-known Lanark building during a time when it was passing from private to public ownership, proably in the early 1950s. Much like Castlebank House, after the War the owners of Wheatpark House donated their grand home to the old Lanark Town Council for conversion into rented flats. This picture shows the mansion when it still stood alone in its grounds on Wheatpark Road off Mousebank Road, it now being surrounded by later housebuilding. This picture was kindly loaned to the Gazette by former Lanark Community Council chairman Margaret Frood who lives just around the corner from the still impressive Victorian building and has family connections to the original owners. She points out that close inspection of the photo shows the house empty with some of the windows removed, suggesting this was taken during the time the council was still converting it for rental to its tenants. Ironically, most of the council flats in the building have now been bought by the sitting tenants, returning almost all of the mansion to private ownership!
50 YEARS AGO
n The Lanark Silver Bell trophy was presented to Angus MacDonald by the Hon. Mrs Charles Ferguson at Lanark Racecourse. Angus was accepting the award on behalf of Mrs L McVey, owner of race winner Lanesborough.
n Thieves who broke into the Carluke premises of haulage contractors Messrs A and R Adamson set fire to a quantity of office stationery. They pocketed several pens.
n Two Carluke boys were to appear at Lanark Juvenile Court in connection with the theft of crisps and lemonade during a break-in at Carluke Rovers pavilion.
n The establishment of an “overspill town” at Carnwath and the doubling of Carluke’s population to 20,000 were in a huge development plan approved by Lanark County Council.
n A postman was jailed for 12 months for fraud after conning William Hill Bookmakers of £230 in “won” bets because he knew the results beforehand. He had access to the sorting office and was able to post his bets at 4 or 5pm in envelopes which had been marked with an 11am stamp time.
100 YEARS AGO
n Lanark Amateur Athletic Club were exhibiting prizes awarded to members during the season – including a cup and a large number of badges – at local jeweller John M Yuill.
n After spotting an open window at his unoccupied farmhouse at Westfield Farm in Dolphinton, tenant William Jack subsequently saw a man walking away. William set off in pursuit and the intruder was detained by the driver of a passing horse and cart. The man was committed to prison pending further inquiries.
n Popular dance master Mr WJ Blackley was to resume his dancing classes in Carstairs Junction Hall on Thursday, September 11.
n Sir Walter Menzies MP had, through Mr Alex Muir, Hamilton Street, provided a handsome silver cup for presentation to the winning team in Carluke’s Works Football Tournament under the auspices of Carluke Milton Rovers FC. It would be competed for annually.
n Law Volunteers were to hold a fund-raising match against Edinburgh Hibs at Lawmuir Park. A large attendance was anticipated.