On 18th December 2014, I was given a guided tour around Calderglen House, Low Blantyre. It was a building I’d never previously been in before so I was very thankful for the time and kindness shown to me. With permission from staff, I was given a little tour, ensuring I caused no disruption to the elderly residents of the care home. I’ve been writing about Calderglen House recently, so this tour helped me greatly.
At the back of the house, are the old servants quarters. The unassuming part of the house captured my attention, not just for the people that must have lived and worked there, but for the whole grandeur of the place. The scale had me amazed. For example, this impressive servants staircase leads up several storeys to an observation room, a square tower, if you like, with glass windows which is now used today as a reading and games room for the residents.
The staircase is in remarkable condition considering this part of the house is Victorian.