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Report - st joseph's missionary college april 2011 (lochwinnoch)

Discussion in 'Other Sites' started by freefaller, May 2, 2011.

  1. freefaller

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    heard about this place from some1 at work thought a should go check it out
    the house part is in pretty bad shape fungus and dampness everywhere with ceiling's and floors caving in plaster falling off walls you had to watch your every step also felt like someone was constantly watching over you any way here you go a bit of history

    Known originally as Barr House, St Joseph's was built by David King in 1796 for James Adam, who sold it in 1820 to William Macdowall, one time Provost of Glasgow. He renamed the building Garpel, and then Garthland, extending it northwards (1820-1935).
    Henry Macdowall, 26th of Garthland, sold the building to the Mill Hill Foreign Missionary Society at which time it became the St Joseph´s College for Missionaries (1935-1955), in 1936 they added a 7-bay dormitory block to right, and then in 1943 the chapel was built and designed by Thomas Smith Cordiner with a sculpture of Saint Joseph by John Mortimer flanking stained glass windows and Art Deco pink and black marble altar pieces with mosaic panels and wooden pews. The Mill Hill Missionaries from London during The Second World had a number of problems. The Dutch students were no longer able to travel to London. Most of the German-speaking students were drafted into the Wehrmacht. The British and Irish students were left in a college that was far too big for them. In November 1941, it was decided to evacuate the college to Lochwinnoch in Scotland where they remained until 1945.
    In 1955 it became St Joseph´s Nursing Home till 2004, from then it has remained uninhabited.

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    #1 freefaller, May 2, 2011
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