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Report - Birkwood Hospital, Lanarkshire, June 2014

Discussion in 'Asylums and Hospitals' started by H1971, Jul 6, 2014.

  1. H1971

    H1971 28DL Regular User
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    Another mini roadtrip arranged and we were off. This is my 2nd visit and I loved it even more this time. A fantastic day had by all :)
    visited with AuntieKnickers, The Stig and Skapunkmetalskater.
    History - Pinched from AuntieKnickers ;)
    Birkwood Hospital was run by Lanarkshire Council for the care of children with severe learning disabilities. Opened in 1923, it provided care for both boys and girls and was one of the few psychiatric hospitals which dealt exclusively with children. Birkwood House, situated in Lesmahagow (Lanarkshire) was originally a stately home built in 1887 for the McKirdy family. Birkwood was purchased by Lanarkshire Council in 1920 and was first occupied as a certified Institution for Mental Defectives on 3rd July 1923. Birkwood House was one of several institutions which opened in accordance with the Mental Deficiency and Lunacy (Scotland) Act of 1913. The Act was passed ‘to make better and further provision for the care of Mentally Defective Persons and to amend the Law relating to Lunacy in Scotland.' Birkwood House is a Grade B listed building and had extensions erected in 1921, 1946 and 1958. The new wing added in 1958 cost £94,000 and accommodated up to 80 more patients. The 1966 Western Regional Hospital Board, Hospital Survey and Draft Proposals for Mental Health Services, stated that Birkwood had 316 beds but suggested that could be extended to a further 376 beds to accommodate for overcrowding in Kirklands Hospital. However, by 1976, The Evening Times reported that Birkwood would have to cut beds due to a degree of overcrowding. Gradually, community based care became more acceptable concerning psychiatric patients and The Evening Times reported in 1981 that Birkwood was trialling an independent unit which would allow improving patients to look after themselves with minimum supervision. The Community Care Act 1990 gave rise to a more community-based focus for long-term care and consequently many of the long-term psychiatric hospitals closed. The hospital began to relocate patients in 2002 and officially closed in 2005.
    Rumour has it that it is to be converted into a hotel and golf complex.

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  2. urblex

    urblex 28DL Maverick
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    Looks like an interesting mooch thanks for sharing, those spiral staircase pics look ace :thumb
     
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    H1971 28DL Regular User
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    Ty peeps. Love it here..could spend all day at the stairs :)
     
  4. Boomstick84

    Boomstick84 28DL Regular User
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    Beautiful shots / report, that staircase really is amazing. :thumb

    Did you guys manage to get up to the top of tower / parapet you can see in your first pic at all? Imagine the surrounding views would be pretty epic?
     
  5. Pinkman

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    Nice shots there, looks like a lovely place to explore
     
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