This is former Calderwood Castle at East Kilbride, just over the Rotten Calder River, right on the boundary of Blantyre Parish.
Taken in the first decade of the 1900’s, this photo has exceptional clarity. In fact, i can zoom right in on the detail! This beautiful building was demolished in the 1950’s.
Featuring Blantyre Project Social Media with permission. Strictly not for use by others on or offline, our visitors said:
Anne Mackie Do you know why it was demolished ? beautiful building xxx
Paul Mcbain Anne Mackie landslide damage i believe.. used to play in the ruins as a kid
Chris Ladds Nothing to do with landslides or mining folks. The building was demolished mostly in the 1940s by a scrap dealer, and had been damp for many years previous, with several rooms burnt out by fires. By 1951 only the central tower remained which was listing and was demolished on safety grounds as children were playing in it whilst it was on the verge of collapsing.
Jane Scobbie What a shame these buildings are allowed to decay and be demolished. Shocking and so sad xx
Lesley Bethel Such a shame so many of these beautiful old buildings were demolished
Anne Callaghan That’s stunning
Jim McSorley Played at the ruins as a kid. Did not realize how big it was.
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We used to live in Calderside Grove EK. Outside our back garden you can still see the outline and some old flagstones of what I’m told were the stables for the castle. Worth a look through the undergrowth there to find them.