4th Extension of Crossbasket


An extract from “The History of Crossbasket Castle” by Paul Veverka (c)

Of significance, is that George Neilson extended Crossbasket on two occasions. His second extension, a 4th for the property as a whole, was in 1906 and 1907 when the one storey Eastern part of the house was added to, both at the north, and at the south. This was a more minor addition not of much difference to the existing part of this building, but is significant, as it left the house looking as it does today, without any further subsequent major additions to the footprint.

This small extension was deceiving though, as it also had a basement level. It offered further, comfortable servants quarters, without the need for them to live in the main part of the Castle itself. The part of the building existing there previously looks like it was demolished entirely and rebuilt with a larger footprint and basement.

During this year, Neilson and members of his family established a small pet cemetery on the east upper riverbank, to the south of the Castle. Several of the families pets were buried there, but none by any of the latter owners.

It was suggested to me Neilson replaced the wood on some of the footbridges, but unknown when he did this and I suspect that was done several times over the decades. Pictured in 1910, is the footbridge at the rear of Crossbasket, which today has been removed to make safe.


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