This postcard dates from around 1905-1910. Pictured is Calderwood Lodge House, on Stoneymeadow Road, High Blantyre. Part of East Kilbride Parish, this little lodge house sits immediately over the Blantyre Parish boundary and was the main gate entrance to nearby Calderwood Castle. A long avenue was constructed around the same time as the lodge leading up to the castle, believed to be built around the 1830s, at a time when General Sir William Maxwell (8th Baronet) was making extensive improvements upon his estate.
The postcard shows that prior to WW1, Stoneymeadow road had mature woodland and looked very beautiful. I’ve posted previously that the gate posts used to belong to Blantyre Village works, transferred up to High Blantyre sometime after 1904 when the Co-operative Society bought the Calderwood Estate. This postcard is nice though as it shows the iron gates, which somehow over the last Century have been removed (perhaps for war efforts?).
The lodge design is quite unique and although the building is over 180 years old, it has stood the test of time and looks well maintained even today. The ornate wooden rafters add an almost Scandinavian feel to the property. General Maxwell’s crest adorns the front facade of the building, in the same shape and configuration as the faded, stone relief on his nearby’s General’s bridge.