The Royal hotel

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The Royal bar & hotel was at the corner of Quarry Street & Duke Street and it was owned by G Dodd. In the first picture you can see G Dodd & his wife standing at the door way. The children looking out of the window also give the picture a real Victorian feel.

The building hasn’t changed much today. In the 1990s the hotel was still serving food and latterly it was converted in to flats. The old Royal Bar is now a vacant shop.

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10,000 likes on Facebook!

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We have now reached a massive 10,000 likes to the page and all of this in under a year. Historic Hamilton would like to say a massive thank you for your continued support, please keep your pictures & stories coming as the success of the page is down to you!

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The county Buildings.

 

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The county Buildings.

The Council Headquarters building, on Almada Street, Hamilton, was built as the Lanark County Buildings in 1963, and designed by Lanark council architect D G Bannerman.

The 16 storey, 165 foot tower is the largest in Hamilton, and is a highly visible landmark across this part of the Clyde Valley. The modernist design was influenced by the United Nations building in New York.

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Glass curtain walls cover the north and south facades, with the narrow east and west sides being blank white walls. At the front of the building is the circular council chamber, and a plaza with water features. It is known by the Hamilton people as the “County Buildings”.

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The building today is still Hamilton’s best known landmark and in previous years people have used the fountain at the front to cool down in hot summers and there have also been brave people abseiling down the side of the building to raise money for charity.

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I have never been in the county buildings, but maybe someone who works in one of the top offices could get a picture for us all to see the remarkable views over Hamilton.

Child accidentally Strangled in Church Street 1914.

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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.

FREINDS REUNITED

F:A:O Hugh Hainey, I have some good news from the poem that you wrote …” A TIME TO REFLECT”

Hugh Hainey wrote a poem for Historic Hamilton on the 15/12/2015 and the poem was this:

“A time to reflect, (with hope to make it right)

When ever i see a bully, i try to teach them a lesson,
This story is about me, it’s by way of my confession,

I can’t forget a fight with my friend, red is all i see,
There was a rotten bully, and it turned out to be me.

There were loads of other kids, shouting eggin” us on,
I looked into his eyes, i knew our friendship it was gone,

The shame i felt after, when they pulled us both apart,
To see the look on my friends face, realy broke my heart,

His family emigrated to Canada, it was around 1964,
Why oh why did i not go round and knock upon his door,
If I’d only said sorry, maybe we could be friends once more,

50yrs and i still cant forget, the one thing in life i realy do regret,,,

Historic Hamilton, I’d love to find this wee man,
If anyone can do it you and yir readers can.
His name is Danny Dominic, he left 50 odd years ago,
He moved from Hillhouse, to Hamilton Ontario,

Any information, or if anyone knows where he’s at,
Will you please say sorry, from a stupid auld scots pratt””

Hugh, I contacted a couple of websites in Canada and I am pleased to tell you that I have found your old pal Danny Dominic….

Danny wrote back to us and said:

“I received your correspondence this week regarding the poem written by one of your members Hugh Hainey, I would like to confirm that I am the individual Daniel Dominick that Hugh is looking for as I remember that day 50 years ago well enough. Please have Hugh reach out to me thru this email address would be happy to re connect.

Dan Dominick
289 339 4879
danjed4@gmail.com

Hugh, Thank you for sending your poem to Historic Hamilton, As always your poems are fantastic to read, and please let us know if you & Daniel have put everything behind you.

I wish the both of you all the very best.

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The Odeon

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The Odeon was built across the street from the ABC Regal Cinema. It was one of the original cinemas in the Oscar Deutsch chain of Odeon Theatres Ltd. The building was designed by the cinema chain’s house architects Andrew Mather,

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The Odeon opened on 14th November 1938 with George Raft in “Spawn of the North”. The building was faced in cream faience tiles, and had a small slab tower on the left-hand side. Seating in the auditorium was provided for 1,353 in the stalls and 466 in the circle.

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The Odeon was closed for tripling on 1st March 1980, and re-opened on 5th April 1980 with 466 seats in the former balcony, and screens 2 & 3 in the former stalls seating 224 and 310.

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The Odeon Was closed by the Rank Organisation on 26th August 1999, and was immediately demolished. The site is now a car park.

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Ticket from the last ever showing on the last ever night, before the Odeon closed.

From my own collection in the last picture you will see a ticket that was from the very last showing, on the very last night, before it closed. It was Wild Wild West with Will Smith. Ths showing was on the 26/08/1999, I went with two of my pals and it was quite emotional. I can recall the showing being half empty, and sitting next to us were an elderly couple who must have been in their 70s, they had obviously gone on the last night to reminicse.

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