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Is the request reaching the site (server access logs)?
Now confirmed it has to do with the .htaccess file.
Trying to test what's wrong deleted the htaccess file, sites loaded showing the directories. Placed the original file back and problems came back.
I moved to a laptop that never visited the site, this to guarantee everything will be loaded directly with no cache in the middleThat's not, sadly, an absolute guarantee. In addition to browser caching, there can be remote caching by the ISP. When you reload in the browser, this may or may not force the ISP to re-request the page from the source. Only the ISP can say. (And you can bet they won’t say.)
Nope, the site is not https yet.