A few photographs shared with me from Alex Bowie in Strathaven, were taken way back between 1905 – 1915. This one is of the entrance to Greenhall Estate, on the Turnpike road, at the top of the hill leaving Blantyre.
Incredibly, I can zoom in on these photographs to see incredible detail. The stone pillars will be instantly recognisable to many people as they’re still there today. The railings pictured are now gone, perhaps taken to assist the war effort. Different railings with curved designs now exist today. To show the level of detail on these pictures, I could zoom in on the graffiti on the pillars which are marked with a series of white chalk marks with a “x”. The pillars and wall may date back to around 1790 when the Turnpike Road was built. Prior to that the public road led into Greenhall estate itself, on a lower elevation (which is now a modern woodland trail).