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Report - Glen o’ Dee hospital, Aberdeenshire – 31/12/07

Discussion in 'Asylums and Hospitals' started by Narcosynthesis, Dec 31, 2007.

  1. Narcosynthesis

    Narcosynthesis 28DL Full Member
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    Visited with Alir147

    A desire to see Glen o’ Dee before it suffers its inevitable fate and succumbs to the touch of the ever present developers led us out to the old hospital on the outskirts of Banchory

    Opened Christmas eve 1900, Glen o’ Dee hospital (or Nordrach on Dee as it was called at the time) was opened as a Sanatorium for people suffering from Tuberculosis – a predominant killer of the time. The original plan was for a wooden structure to be built to contain patients, until that the time came that it became unnecessary to operate due to an anticipated treatment (or containment) of TB, at this time the structure could then be burnt to remove the chance of any linked outbreaks (which never happened).
    Since opening the buildings have had various uses, following its closure as a TB sanatorium it hosted various uses through its lifetime, including a luxury hotel, troop billet in WW2 and again as a sanatorium during the typhoid outbreak in 1964 before finally closing its doors in 1990 with the opening of the smaller, more modern hospital buildings to its rear (which are in still in use for elderly patients).

    In more recent times it featured in the TV series ‘Restoration’ which looked at various listed buildings needing refurbishment, but lost out in the competition. It has now been bought by developers with the intention of turning the buildings into 12 town house apartments.

    On to the pictures…

    The front facing of the building

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    Inside the reception area

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    The single piece of electrical equipment I found that had been left behind

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    One of the main corridors that span the whole length of the building

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    What would have been the canteen, and through the connecting double doors, the kitchens

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    A connecting corridor from the canteen leading down to a recreation area and a small library

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    A room downstairs, presumably a ward or room for the patients in some form or another

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    Continued...
     

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    Re: Glen o’ Dee hospital, Aberdeenshire – 30/12/07 – REPORT

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    The nurses accommodation

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    Some of the wards and patients rooms

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    These signs appear on the walls in quite a few rooms, noting where various beds were donated from

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    One carpeted room (I am assuming many of the smaller rooms at least would have been carpeted, which has since been removed)

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    A couple of photos of the pipework up in the tower. I did climb up to the top, but didn't bother with the camera as it wasn't particularly interesting, the very top just has a large water tank (hence the pipework just below below) and the rafters and eaves of the tower.

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    The stained glass windows in the main stairwell

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    Cheers for reading.
     
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