Greenhall Gap in the ‘wa

1898 Map Greenhall marked up to show the anomaly.

1898 Map Greenhall marked up to show the anomaly.

Whilst browsing over a map from 1822, I noticed something peculiar on the Turnpike Road in High Blantyre, which had only been built 32 years previous to that date. The Turnpike created a new road at an elevated position above Greenhall, walled with a 3 foot stone wall, which still exists today at the top of the park.

The road, being almost straight has no real peculiar features, except for this one, which is effectively a gap in the wall. i.e the wall, left the footpath and looked like it enclosed around something. I’ve marked up an 1898 map which shows the anomaly to better effect. What was this?

2015 Infilled Gap in Greenhall Wall

2015 Infilled Gap in Greenhall Wall

What caused the wall to be built outwards, into the estate? At first i thought it may have been a primitive stop or lay-by even. The gap does not exist today and instead the wall is solid. Having a closer look today, I could see that the wall is of a different type at that location. Where the old gap was closed off in the 20th Century is very apparent by comparison to the dilapidated wall of the 18th and 19th Centuries.

2015 Greenhall Buttresses

2015 Greenhall Buttresses

Could this have been another entrance into Greenhall estate? The gap certainly looks like it led from a lower elevated position up to the Turnpike Road and on the 1898 map looks like it led into a clearing in the woodland. Very strange. However, jumping over the wall and inspecting it from the Greenhall park side, I was surprised to see a local feature only at that location. Brick buttresses , one certainly a lot older than the other. Something was definitely happening at that area at one time! Was it a little building? The circular arch buttresses look to be doing more than holding up the wall. Were they the side of steps leading down into the estate?

I don’t have the answer for this one and invite any comments. Meantime, another field visit is due, this time to look for steps.

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