TO-01 Torrance Main Street

Main Street, Torrance. c1907

The Main Street has changed over the years. Locals remember fondly the many local shops and businesses (you can see a list below).

Today the Main Street offers local amenities including a garage, hairdresser, bakery, chemist, café/newsagent, dog grooming, Scotmid, dental surgery, beauty salon/barbers, Chinese takeaway, three pubs — Torrance Inn, Wheatsheaf and the Rambler. The village also has tennis courts and a bowling club.
The focal point of the village is the Village Square which is built further over from the original location of the railway bridge. The War Memorial was moved to the Village Square from Balgrochan Road behind Torrance Church of Scotland. It was relocated to Balgrochan Road from the bottom of Rosehill Road. Also in the Village Square can be found a small fountain dedicated to Robert Ferrie (of Ferrie’s Mill at Balgrochan).

Some of the local businesses fondly remembered are:
The Post Office, the Police Station, Miller & Williamson (body repair specialists), the Heath Clinic, Braida’s dry cleaners, the Co-op, McGales (fruit and veg), Cummings, Alex Morrison’s (newsagent), Prydes (grocer), Kennedy’s Sweet Shop, Gainty’s Café, Lindsay’s (grocer), Cullens (grocer), the cobbler’s, barber’s, blacksmith’s, George Rigby undertaker’s, joiner’s, photographer, Hughes’ Garage, Kelvinside Garage, Fish N Chip Shop, Inglis Lorry Company.

Margaret Hyde, Torrance Resident

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