I mentioned the other day about many couples during 1896 being married in the halls of public houses. Well, by stark contrast, was a high society wedding at High Blantyre, which following a church service, ended up back at Crossbasket House. This AI illustration, though struggling a little to recreate Crossbasket, from the article, gives […]
On the evening of Thursday 5th January 1899, Mr and Mrs Neilson, the owners of Crossbasket House and Estate put on a lavish New Year celebration for the household servants and employees of the Estate. A number totalling 60 people. Such was their desire to show their appreciation, no expense was spared. A supper and […]
A photo from 13 years ago, taken around 2010 by Gordon Cook. This is Crossbasket House, then facing an uncertain future, partially derelict and generally uncared for. Parts of this building over half a Millennium old, the building in those years was ripe for development and planning application had already been refused to turn it […]
Another previously unseen photo of Crossbasket House, again from nearly 120 years ago. This photo shows the new stone entrance which George Neilson added and it looks like the older windows had been renovated around that time too, in a style sympathetic to other parts of the house. However, what I’d like to show are […]
This previously unseen photo is around 120 years old. Taken around 1900, it shows a brand new entrance to Crossbasket House in High Blantyre. This private residence then belonged to Mr George Neilson, the wealthy owner of Summerlee and who would later own Spittal Colliery after 1905. George made many improvements to Crossbasket, including this […]
Some promotional photos for Crossbasket, at High Blantyre. Worth sharing here. It’s easy to see from these great images how Crossbasket Castle is Blantyre’s most luxurious building. With parts of this building half a Millennium old, the renovation over the last decade has protected this building, perhaps even for a further half millennium. Just stunning!