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Report - Birkwood House, Lesmahagow - August 2012

Discussion in 'Asylums and Hospitals' started by BenCooper, Aug 27, 2012.

  1. BenCooper

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    It's funny how everyone decided to visit here again :) I've not been for ages, and it's changed quite a bit - last time the main house was well sealed, lights were on, wards were full of beds, and security caught me after 5 minutes!

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    Birkwood House started as a Georgian villa built at the end of the 18th Century for the Mackirdy family. The original villa was surrounded on two sides by later larger additions in 1858, and a large front addition by James Thomson in 1890. The house was bought by Lanarkshire Council in 1920 to use as a hospital for children, and it remained a hospital until 2005.

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    One of the highlights of the house is the two fantastic spiral staircases - this is the first:

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    Part of the later extension was outwards on the earlier building, leaving internal windows - here used as bookcases.

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    An absolutely gorgeous boiler by Wilson of Glasgow:

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    Up the second spiral stair:

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    To the roof:

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    And finally what it looks like from outside:

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    There's loads more in my Flickr set...
     
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  2. BellasGG

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    You said that Birkwood was built in the 18th century and that a James Thomson built a section on the house in 1890. Could you tell me where you got that information? I would be very interested in anything that you could point me towards. My Grandmother worked at the home in and around the 1900s. She married a George Thomson from Lesmahagow. Any information you could send would be extremely appreciated. Would anyone know where a history of Birkwood Castle could be obtained?
     
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