Gardens, Auchentibber, High Blantyre
tiny hamlet of Auchentibber, a couple of miles south of High Blantyre,
was once a thriving community of around sixty dwellings whose
inhabitants worked in the nearby stone quaries. Its wonderful
and wacky Italian Gardens were built in a mutually beneficial
partnership between J.B. Struthers, the Auchentibber Inn landlord,
and local workers. Struthers supplied the cash and the work was
done by local miners in conjunction with his nephew Jimmy Green,
everyone finished off with a lucrative pint in the INN at the
end of the night.
Amenities were still amazingly sparse as late
as the 1950's, residents having to resort to paraffin oil lamps
and dry toilets, and this, along with the demise of the quaries,
undoubtedly led to Auchentibber's demise. by the time of Struthers'
death in 1938 the gardens were just a memory.
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