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!
A wonderful recent photo by local photographer Jim Brown. Nestled amongst the leafy woodland of High Blantyre is Crossbasket Castle. Photographed from the ‘Lady Nancy’ looking across to Letterick and Dechmont, of note is the atmospheric fog, from temperature inversion, not quite cleared. It certainly made for a wonderful photo opportunity!
Pretty Crossbasket Function, 1905
A spectacular ball was held at Crossbasket House in High Blantyre in October 1905. On Wednesday 25th October that year, a coming of age function was held in honour of Miss Neilson, the daughter of George Neilson, owner of Crossbasket and Summerlee. It was by all accounts, a very pretty affair, when on that dark […]
Like an elegant rebirth, this comparison of Crossbasket House in 2012 and on the right as it looks now in 2022, is simply stunning. There’s no doubt that the last decade has saved this grand old building from oblivion, judging from my collage. Despite best efforts of owners and volunteers in the late 20th Century, […]
Picnic at Crossbasket House, 1910
On Saturday 27th August 1910, the members of the Blantyre Parish Church Choir and Bible Class held their annual picnic at Crossbasket House, High Blantyre, the premises kindly granted for the occasion by owner, Mr George Neilson. There was a good turnout of members and friends. Upwards of thirty people sat down to tea, which […]