Blantyre Project reader Marge Mills was recently at Crossbasket Castle with her sister for afternoon tea. This was to be a very emotional visit for Marge as she lived at Crossbasket House for just over 6 months when she was just 2 years old.
Marge told me, “It was like walking into history. The castle is beautiful and the new owners have kept it historical and decorated beautifully. The Little sisters rented out rooms in 1957. My mother and father and I stayed there whilst the Corporation house was being built in EK. Obviously I can’t remember a lot the age I was, but I seemed to think that the gates of the castle were straight ahead of the front entrance!! Unfortunately my Mum and Dad passed away 2013 and 2014. All I know is that the room they had was on the ground floor with bedroom and lounge area for their room.”
I got to meet Marge when she came to visit at my house in High Blantyre on 6th August where I was happy to sign a couple of Crossbasket Castle books. She kindly shared a photo of herself with her father taken outside Crossbasket House in the summer of 1957. This was a time before Crossbasket House became the James Little Training College.