Blantyre Army Barracks

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Blantyre Army Barracks

Postby JohnDuffy35 » Thu Jul 22, 2010 11:56 am

Hi To All

First post of many i hope!!

Im looking for info about the Army barracks on Blantyre Farm Road,Blantyre. It may come under a different name but someone told me its "Whit Barracks"? Does anyone know its real name?

Any info or links would be appreciated

Thanks
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Re: Blantyre Army Barracks

Postby The Egg Man » Thu Jul 22, 2010 12:02 pm

There's a mention on Secret Scotland.

http://www.secretscotland.org.uk/forum/m-1129683712/
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Re: Blantyre Army Barracks

Postby JohnDuffy35 » Thu Jul 22, 2010 12:44 pm

Thanks

I found this on Secret Scotland :D

http://www.secretscotland.org.uk/index. ... ntyreferme

Hope to find more places like this

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Re: Blantyre Army Barracks

Postby BrigitDoon » Thu Jul 22, 2010 5:18 pm

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Re: Blantyre Army Barracks

Postby Fossil » Sat Jul 24, 2010 5:25 pm

JohnDuffy35 wrote:Hi To All

First post of many i hope!!

Im looking for info about the Army barracks on Blantyre Farm Road,Blantyre. It may come under a different name but someone told me its "Whit Barracks"? Does anyone know its real name?

Any info or links would be appreciated

Thanks
John


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Re: Blantyre Army Barracks

Postby Guy Incognito » Sun Jul 25, 2010 2:58 pm

I don't really have much to add to this. Just to say that I live along the road from this. The nearby quarry has been tidied up. They have built a new walkway around it and constructed a little bridge over the overflow stream that I think leads down to the Calder. I think work was to be carried out at the barracks too but that hasn't started yet. It was to become a sort of heritage area. I'll try and find out some more.

Edit: There's a wee bit here that mentions the barracks. http://www.hamiltonadvertiser.co.uk/news/local-news/hamilton-news/2010/02/25/redlees-quarry-due-for-300-000-makeover-51525-25907646/
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Re: Blantyre Army Barracks

Postby gap74 » Wed Jul 28, 2010 5:49 pm

Yes, the quarry has been tarted up, and will feature on the walk this Saturday, as well as the barracks/gunsite.

It's actually an Anti-Aircraft gunsite, and although it did have an attached barracks, those have long since disappeared under an embankment. The gun positions and associated magazines are all still intact to some degree.

Not much I can add that isn't in the Secret Scotland site - the architects in charge of tidying up the gunsite recently posted on there looking for info too.

Been wandering around there since I was a youngster, although I'm from Westburn/Halfway myself, not Blantyre. I believe an alternative name for the area is The Whins, although it's more commonly referred to as Blantyreferme AA Gunsite.

Edited to add: There's a wee bit about it on here in this 6 year old thread:

viewtopic.php?f=15&t=13

And you'll also find references to it in the Caldervale/Fin Me Oot thread here:

viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1936
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Re: Blantyre Army Barracks

Postby Gerry B » Thu Aug 29, 2013 6:45 pm

Hi all ,
Was down that neck of the woods today.
Took a few pics. Of the now landscaped
Barracks. Hope you enjoy.

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There was/still a bunker under yon hill

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Sorry if quality isn't that good as I used my
Phone. If you would want more let me know
And I Will bring my better camera.
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Re: Blantyre Army Barracks

Postby EdBoyle » Sat Sep 28, 2013 5:22 pm

Mu cousin (still living) was born there 1949 when the army vacated the site and squatters moved in. Birth cert says "Hut 36, Blantyreferme Camp".
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Re: Blantyre Army Barracks

Postby Icecube » Sat Sep 28, 2013 9:51 pm

I've heard from someone too that lived there after the war. Squatters also moved into the AA Battery site at Hallhill near present day Easterhouse.
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Re: Blantyre Army Barracks

Postby HollowHorn » Sun Feb 23, 2014 9:54 pm

Some photos from today:

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Re: Blantyre Army Barracks

Postby deakin » Tue Feb 25, 2014 11:20 pm

Brilliant pictures, thank you !

Here's an fly over of the site taken in what i believe to be around 1942 or so.

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Re: Blantyre Army Barracks

Postby moonbeam » Thu Feb 27, 2014 9:07 pm

Date on film is 6th June 1941. ie 6/6/41. The camera type "F". These usually have a time and height as part of the numbers on the film roll. Some of these photos were for training purposes. However around this time concern's were raised of how visible these gun sites were to the enemy. Ideas were being considered regarding camouflage. I don't see a radar mat in this photo.
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Re: Blantyre Army Barracks

Postby moonbeam » Thu Feb 27, 2014 9:09 pm

Correction the GL radar mat is to the right hand side in the photo. Miles of chicken wire on poles about 1 meter above the ground.
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Re: Blantyre Army Barracks

Postby HollowHorn » Thu Feb 27, 2014 10:47 pm

It's hard to tell from the photographs but when on the ground, you cannot see past the general perimeter of the gun site in any direction.This is due to it lying in it's own little valley though the terrain has been changed since the war. The many trees that exist now heighten this effect.
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