Now here’s another great photo you won’t have seen yet! I’ve zoomed in on this Calder photo. Taken between 110 and 120 years ago, these children are standing at the former Milheugh stone bridge, Blantyre.
In the foreground is the Rotten Calder river. There’s not much of this shoreline left these days at the foot of the Pech Brae, much of that area now in the shallows of the river.
The tunnel was the overflow tunnel, similar to the current one today, designed to protect the structure in times of high river spate. This bridge was demolished finally in the 1950s, when the current one was built.
The children are unknown, 2 boys and 2 elder girls in playclothes. One boy braving taking boots off for a paddle.