The Hamilton Hippodrome was situated in Townhead Street. The picture above is advertising a run of the film ‘The Charge of the Light Brigade’.
It opened it’s doors on the 14th of October 1907 by E.H. Bostock, to the cost of of nearly £5,000. It was situated at 90 Townhead Street, just at the junction with Low Patrick Street. The building was similar to his Paisley Hippodrome, which in turn was based on the huge Scottish Zoo & Glasgow Hippodrome in Cowcaddens. The building was designed by Bertie Crewe and it was based on ideas created by E. H. Bostock.
The building was a large wooden auditorium.It created space for circus entertainment and for variety shows, and pantomime. There were stalls which could be reduced to make way for a circus ring, circle & balcony. Films were also added if time permitted!
Harry McKelvie who often did pantomimes at the Royal Princess’s theatre in Glasgow also did his shows here at the Hippodrome, the admission prices were: boxes 11/6d, single 2/4d, stalls 1/3d, pit 8d. In the 1930s Harry Gordon, Dave Willis and Tommy Morgan were great favourites and also often did shows here in Hamilton.
It was reported in the Hamilton Advertiser in December 1914 “As it was the festive season the Hamilton Hippodrome were running the Panto ‘Goodie Two Shoes’ starring some local ‘mirth provokers’ and the wounded Belgians soldiers housed in the area were taken to the cinema by the Provost’s wife, Mrs Moffat.”
The Hippodrome was Sold to Winocour’s, 1941. and ran up until 1946 when sadly the building was destroyed by fire.
In the picture we have the father & Grandfather of James Kane.The picture was taken on Quarry Street in 1944.
Ian Cochran sent Historic Hamilton pictures of his younger years when he was a wee boy living in Fairhill. The pictures were taken in Fairhill Crescent at the corner of Mill Road in the late 50s.
Ian told us:
“I came from a family of 13 i had 8 sisters 2 brothers and myself and maw and da my family were well known in Hamilton all my brothers uncles da grandfather all were killers they worked in The Abattoirs or known as slaughter hoose my Father Jimmy Cochran worked in slaughter houses all over Scotland our nickname was cokey short for Cochran some spelt in cocky”.
Looking behind Ian in the second picture you can see the well healed man, possibly going out in to the town for the night, I also love the wooden fences in the background, they are still to this day in a lot of gardens in Hamilton.
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When reading through old news paper articles, you sometimes come across some sad stories and none was sadder than the story of a poor wee girl called Sarah McFarlane who died when she was out playing in the back court of her house.
The Daily Record reported the story on the 4th February 1914 and it read:
“The Hamilton police report a distressing fatality in a back court in Church Street. A rope stretched from a lamp post to a telephone pole is made use of by the tenants as a clothes line. At one end of the line a loop hangs down, and the children have been in the habit of fixing this loop round their waist and swinging on it.
Sarah McFarlane (3), daughter of a miner appears to have attempted to imitate her elder playmates, with the result that the rope slipped upwards and caught her round her neck. Before assistance could reach her death had ensued from strangulation.”
Sarah was the daughter of James & Sarah McFarlane James was from Cambuslang and Sarah from East Kilbride. They had only been married 8 years, they had two other children called James & Mary-Ann. The family like most could have come to Hamilton so that James could gain employment at one of the mines.
The family lived at 39 Church Street, the accident could probably have happened at the back court of number 39 and as you can imagine, this would haunt Sarah McFarlane every time she had to go outside to dry her washing.
I had a look at the 1915 valuation roll and the family were still living at 39 church street! I have left the research at this point as there still may be some descendants of James & Sarah McFarlane living in the town.
Terry Bouette sent us a picture of the a golf outing for the workers of Phillip’s factory. Terry wrote:
“This is a photo of a Phillips Factory Golf Outing at Moffit golf course. Unable to give date but probable between 1954 -1960. I am in third row third from right immediately in front of me in white jacket is I believe Robert Gilmour. Eric Forlow is 4 rows from front and four from left. In second row three from left is Jim Russell that may be Eric Caldow third row on right? I am not sure if that is Harry Price on front row these golf outings were a yearly outing always at Moffit it would be interesting if anyone can identify others.”
Can you help with the rest of the names in the picture? Let us know and tell us about your memories of Phillips.