I was walking the other day at David Livingstone Centre and noticed this set of steps, closed off to the public. It leads from Shuttle Row at the top down to the this road leading to the Wages Office near the Bridge at Blantyre Works.
Seeing how nature has reclaimed the steps themselves, it set me wondering if the steps were a “modern” 1929 addition leading to the David Livingstone Centre turnstyles which would have been near the top. However, checking back on older maps, these steps were part of the original mill and are noted on maps as far back as 1859.
This must have been the original access for the residents of Shuttle Row to get down to the lower mills. If dating back to the time of the mill construction, the steps would now be 230 years old!