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Dundyvan Mosaic
Im hoping to learn a bit about this fine mosaic - located in Dundyvan Road near the Banks social Club. I f you know anything about it
Please send an email to Monklands Memories

Toddler plays hide-and-seek with young gorilla

https://youtu.be/q6XzwpYSmzY

Photo of Blairhill Store by Stevie Spiers photostream
I wonder if you could furnish me with some information about the old Blairhill Store on the corner of King street and Torrisdale street. I know it has been abandoned for several years and was wondering if you have any information of who owned the property?
Paul Rooney


Beautiful pic of the Captain Coatbridge Archway in Blair Road - opened by  Mark Miller in 2011 -
caught in the setting sun by Brian Cairns

History of the Monklands

For many people, the way into local history has been through tracing their family history.  The family historian wants to know about the history of the locality where their ancestors lived but equally the local historian is interested in finding out about the families in their locality.
Local history is all about telling the story of people and places over time. It should aim to trace the origin and growth and sometimes the decay of a local community.  This approach will help you to ask the right questions and to adopt a professional style to the work. You can help others by telling YOUR story


where is YOUR story??
 

In a state which is desirous of being saved from the greatest of all plagues--there should exist among the citizens neither extreme poverty nor, again, excessive wealth, for
both are productive of great evil . .

 . Plato -Greek philosopher (427-347 B.C.)


 

Your reflections on the Forth Bridge
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-31692303


We recall the poem on
The Buchanan Street Soldier Lads

R Gribben - mentioned in the poem- lived in Buchanan Street. He joined the Scottish Rifles on September 1914. However he was discharged a few months later as being unfit with varicose veins.
Not to be outdone - in early 1915 he joined The Territorial Force in Ayrshire and was soon serving with the Royal Scots Fusiliers in war zones in the Mediterranean and France.  His varicose veins were removed in a short stay in 37th General Hospital in Cairo in 1916.  He was demobbed in 1919 and spent some time at Erskine Hospital.  He died at age 65 in Coatbridge with his family.
(The Territorial Force was later renamed The Territorial Army)

Do YOU have a story about any of the Buchanan Soldier Lads or anyone who served in the Great War??

Read:
The Kipps War Memorial

by Grant Cullen

The Kelpies

The night The Kelpies became Our Kelpies


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The return of the Vulcan
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The Vulcan in its canal resting place
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The restored full-scale reproduction of the Vulcan, the world's first iron-hulled boat, returned on 27th March 2014 to Summerlee Museum in Coatbridge   Built in Calderbank on the Monkland Canal, the horse-drawn Vulcan plied her trade on the Forth & Clyde Canal from 1819 to 1873 when she was scrapped..
Pictures by Bob Stewart

Cairnhill Stump

Have you seen the BIG Cairnhill Stump??
The very new carving on a stump of a tree can be seen from Sikeside Road in Airdrie - it is a work in progress sculpture but it looks very promising..
 

See the other Cairnnhill Stumps 


NEW  Coatbridge Burgh - c1885



Read the poem that lists the men from
Buchanan Street in Coatbridge
who went to war in 1914-1918 - can you identify any of the names??  Maybe your Grandfather? 

BUCHANAN STREET SOLDIER LADS
(Second List) By JAMES SCULLION

Betty Mc Neilly has already identified her Grandfather Robert Gribben who came home after the war racked with Mustard Gas effects.  He spent some time at Erskine Hospital.Send an email to Monklands Memories

Summerlee Sojers <Click
Re-enactment group The Gordon Highlanders 1914-1918 at Summerlee on the September weekend

Courtesy of Brian Cairns


More from the Monklands Poet

Balloch and Ben Lomond

Skipping Songs and Street Games

Read about Drumpellier Country Park


BRICKS
WWW.scottishbrickhistory.co.uk -
My name is Mark Cranston and I live in the Scottish Borders. I am trying to recover and record as many Scottish brickmarks as possible in order to create a Scottish National Database. I will also record all variations of a brickmark eg frog shape and size, brickmark font differences etc. I would be interested to hear from anyone who finds a brick they believe to be Scottish, either in Scotland or anywhere in the world. If the brick is not already recorded on my site then I will strive to uplift it (at my cost) for the physical collection. Please drop me an email and photo if possible - contact can be made via the website or via brickmarks@gmail.com

I am also interested in any information on Scottish brickworks and related memorabilia including tools, moulds and any British clayworker or other brick associated magazines.

Any assistance in this matter will be gratefully received. Best regards Mark



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