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Report - Hartwood Asylum, Hartwood, - September 2012

Discussion in 'Asylums and Hospitals' started by Stussy, Oct 17, 2012.

  1. Stussy

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    Took a while to get this report up, visit this site a little while ago with Scattergun, it was a lovely evening for it!
    Apologies about the pics, I have just started using Lightroom and playing about with the settings.

    Little bit of History...

    This 19th century psychiatric hospital was shut down in 1998. The inception of the Community Care Act 1990 gave rise to a more community-based focus for long-term mental health care, and the consequent closure of long-term psychiatric hospitals such as this were closed permanently. Later use of this hospital was the home of Lanarkshire TV.

    The main attraction for myself was to see and venture up the twin towers of the main hospital block, the east tower was the clock, west tower was the weather vane.

    Hartwood is set in the quiet country side but sadly surrounded by a fierce looking palisade fence. As it was getting late in the day we headed straight for the main block and had a wander around what once would have been a magnificent building

    The towers!

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    Sadly the main bulk of the building has suffered from extensive fire damage causing the ballroom and reception areas to collapse.

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    From this pic you can see the first floor was substainally supported the former ballroom, but its still gone!

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    Glass corridors once linked the huge site (only about 15% of the buildings remain)

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    Scotland even has its own split corridor like Sev's, well in my eyes anyway!

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    Onwards and upwards to the towers...

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    Looking onto the former first floor..

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    East clock tower

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    As you can tell the floors are getting pretty ropey in stairwells, access to the east tower is no longer possible after a certain height!

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    This is floor which you walk on from the last pic, nice big hole to the right!

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    A quick pic from the stairwell with the former nursing home in the background.

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    List of names of former employees and recent visitors

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    The compass face of the west tower, B&W (apologies if its not appropriate, I got carried away!)

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    Same pic in colour

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    Reaching the top gives commanding views over the countryside!

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    Finally shot before leaving as it was starting to get dark.

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    Thanks for looking!
     
    #1 Stussy, Oct 17, 2012
    Last edited: Oct 17, 2012

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