Shops and Pubs

Tour of the three lochs

Billy Forsyth

On occasion, we would go down to The Ettrick, and The Telstar, and The Glen Lusset (or the Grapes, as it was called)… we used to say, if we were going to the three pubs, that we were “going on a tour of the three lochs”.

The tenement

Kenny McKenzie

[The Ettrick] was actually a tenement with the public house commanding the breadth of the ground floor. So there was doors at either side of the bar… and there was ongoing works if I remember correctly and the pub didn’t close whilst the conversion was ongoing but the tenement above was systematically removed and then the architects got into it and sculpted the shape of it as it is today. I always think that the lower half is underneath the façade… it will still be the original tenement to some extent.

Pirie the Chemist

Irene Haworth

I started when I was 15. It still had the big, old, long wooden counter with the glass cases underneath it and the old drawers with all the names on it. That’s the old scales out the chemists, see the brass scales. We used to use them but latterly we couldn’t use, weren’t allowed to use them, them because the weights weren’t right and you couldn’t clean them when you used them. When it was busy you got to know everybody. In those days the dispensing was really the old type dispensing. You know, you had to make up ointments, make up powders for headaches, make up everything and I believe, before my time, when my Grandad was in at first you used to pull teeth. During the war, you used to make stain for your legs because you couldn’t afford, there was no nylons and stuff like that. It was busy enough for two full timers on the counter. In those days folk would come in every week. Nowadays you go to the supermarket and you buy everything, but in those days you came into the chemists and you got your toilet paper, your paper hankies, everything like that. And I always remember the Clydebank Fair because everybody came in. "Oh, we’re going away our holidays” and they all got their stuff. They would stop early and would go into one of the pubs for a drink because the Clydebank Fair had started. In those days the pubs shut at half two and they’d come in and get all their summer stuff. It was great. I used to love it.

Ham and egg business

Florence Boyle

My great grandfather had a ham and egg business and he had delivery in the village and owned property I think, where the shops are now, at Thistleneuk, because in the census it’s referred to as McLaughlin’s land and that was my family’s name. And I heard stories of them… had a bit of a pony and trap, used to deliver out to places like Lenzie and all these places.

The bookie

Jim McCall

The police station was then latterly bought by McGarrity the bookmaker [...he] was quite a character – a respected, well-known bookie. And he latterly developed the old police station – he bought the old police station, and he made it into his own property basically and he would keep his greyhounds in the garden. Because he was an avid greyhound man; he would take them training up the hills. He would train them on the hillside and you would regularly see him out walking with his greyhounds.

The garage

Maggie Larkin

The pharmacy was across the road next to the Ettrick… you wouldn’t believe how many houses they put in that space once they took the pharmacy away… unbelievable! and there was a garage at the bottom of Station Road with a big white house and pump to get your fuel from and that’s all these flats as well now.

Shops and Pubs

Lucinda McGinty

And then Station Road, there was a pub – Mac’s Bar, or Kate’s as it was called - Kate McArthur’s was her name but it was always just called just Mac’s Bar. And then there was the bakery – Craig the Bakers and then there was the Co-op; Kate’s was there; then there was the bakery, I think then there was the Co-op and there was a chip shop, and there was a big house sat on the corner. Old Kilpatrick was’na the way it is now, you went straight along the road and then Station Road went up there but there was a big house sat there, and I believe that was the Post Office at one time – the Post Office used to be there. And then there was all the houses up Station Road.

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