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Report - Garthland House - Lochwinnoch - August 2012

Discussion in 'Residential Sites' started by fake snowman, Nov 25, 2013.

  1. fake snowman

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    Garthland House - Lochwinnoch
    Visited with Scattergun.

    This is an old explore for me but thought i'd better get a report up. This was the most dangerous explore i'd ever embarked on. There was a very eerie atmosphere inside this building and it did feel like something could easily happen at any time. An interesting explore this was.

    Garthland House, just on the outskirts of Lochwinnoch, was one of the most majestic mansions, in Renfrewshire. The tudor-style architecture, of this 2 storey building, was enhanced by a pillared porch elegant stairway, soaring chimneys, sloping roof and bay windows.

    Built in 1796 by David King for wealthy landowner James Adam, this mansion was complimented by manicured lawns and gravel paths. Known originally as Garpel House, then Bar House, before becoming Garthland House, the residence was acquired by the Macdowall family, who came from Garthland and were descended from the Lords of Galloway. During the 1930's, Henry Macdowall sold it to the Mill Hill Foreign Missionary Society, Garthland House was re-named St Joseph's College, and, during it's heyday, around 30 young men were students there.
    A three storey dormitory block was added in 1936, then a brick red chapel in 1943.

    Today, despite its ruinous state, the chapel exudes a powerful aura, reflecting on former days when it was utilised as a place of prayer and meditation for the trainee priests as well as the local people of Lochwinnoch. In 1985, the missionaries moved from the college and the building became St Joseph's Nursing Home.

    The building has been frequently linked to ghostly hauntings. Staff who worked at St Joseph's Nursing Home have spoke of mysterious events such as doors opening and closing, plates and dishes falling from tables and pictures falling from walls. There has also been reports of ghostly horses galloping up and down the avenue during the night.

    Once there was a priest's cemetery in the woodlands behinds St Joseph's. After the college's closure, the coffins were exhumed and reburied in sacred ground elsewhere. Since then there have been tails of phantom priests wandering over the burial ground which, at one time, contained their graves. Many people were of the belief that these apparitions were the spirits of priests, who had studied at the college, and whose souls had returned to the happy haunts of their youth, after they had died.

    I hope Garthland House, despite it's current, tired and weary state, hangs on in there.



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