Today, I learned the sad news that the former Trades hotel has been demolished. This was one of Burnbank’s landmarks that has dominated the Limetree area since it was built.
When I was younger, I can remember playing at the side of the Trades hotel at the Whiskey Barrels. Today when i was taking pictures of the site, I spoke with Janette McCallum, who was telling me that she can remember the Old homeless men hanging around the front of the building talking and smoking.
Another thing that makes things worse, is that all of the large sandstone blocks that could have been reclaimed and used again has also been destroyed and smashed to bits! This is another little bit of Burnbank, and Hamilton’s history that has been robbed from us.