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Report - - Birkwood Hospital, Lanarkshire - June 2014 | Asylums and Hospitals | 28DaysLater.co.uk

Report - Birkwood Hospital, Lanarkshire - June 2014


AuntieKnickers

inquisitive historian
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Visited with The Stig, H1971 and Skapunkmetalskater.

First site on our miniature Scotland road trip and we were not disappointed. Beautiful building.

Birkwood Hospital was run by Lanarkshire Council for the care of children with severe learning disabilities. Opened in 1923, it provided care for both boys and girls and was one of the few psychiatric hospitals which dealt exclusively with children. Birkwood House, situated in Lesmahagow (Lanarkshire) was originally a stately home built in 1887 for the McKirdy family. Birkwood was purchased by Lanarkshire Council in 1920 and was first occupied as a certified Institution for Mental Defectives on 3rd July 1923. Birkwood House was one of several institutions which opened in accordance with the Mental Deficiency and Lunacy (Scotland) Act of 1913. The Act was passed ‘to make better and further provision for the care of Mentally Defective Persons and to amend the Law relating to Lunacy in Scotland.' Birkwood House is a Grade B listed building and had extensions erected in 1921, 1946 and 1958. The new wing added in 1958 cost £94,000 and accommodated up to 80 more patients. The 1966 Western Regional Hospital Board, Hospital Survey and Draft Proposals for Mental Health Services, stated that Birkwood had 316 beds but suggested that could be extended to a further 376 beds to accommodate for overcrowding in Kirklands Hospital. However, by 1976, The Evening Times reported that Birkwood would have to cut beds due to a degree of overcrowding. Gradually, community based care became more acceptable concerning psychiatric patients and The Evening Times reported in 1981 that Birkwood was trialling an independent unit which would allow improving patients to look after themselves with minimum supervision. The Community Care Act 1990 gave rise to a more community-based focus for long-term care and consequently many of the long-term psychiatric hospitals closed. The hospital began to relocate patients in 2002 and officially closed in 2005.

Rumour has it that it is to be converted into a hotel and golf complex.

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Thanks for looking :thumb

 

dweeb

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That looks very nice indeed, can see myself getting dragged there soon!
 

The_Raw

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Wow those staircases are beautiful, that spiral stair shot is sublime :cool
 

AuntieKnickers

inquisitive historian
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It was Definately a weekend of lovely stair cases
 

Krissgti

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Lovely shots. However, just a heads up as i live in the village. Be quick, the redevelopment is meant to be starting soon.
 

Thebluegeek

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Well it's already been said but ... That stair case *drools*

Excellent photos,thanks for sharing
 

H1971

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mmmm just mmmmm, loved it in here. The stairs..............well no more needs to be said lol. Fab shots as always :)
 

amandapanda2211

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Went to Birkwood Hospital today and im sad to say there wasnt alot to see. They have started their construction work and they have knocked down the small buildings. The main building is still there but too many people working around to go in.
 

AuntieKnickers

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Regular User
Went to Birkwood Hospital today and im sad to say there wasnt alot to see. They have started their construction work and they have knocked down the small buildings. The main building is still there but too many people working around to go in.
it was only a matter of time
 

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