Category Archives: mental hospital

Building Bedlam again – taking a leap forward to Monks Orchard

Entrance gates to Bethlem Hospital, 1896 from The Queen’s London : a Pictorial and Descriptive Record of the Streets, Buildings, Parks and Scenery of the Great Metropolis (Public domain, from Wikimedia Commons) Bethlem Hospital remained in St George’s Fields, Southwark from … Continue reading

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Marvellous Maps – updating the Scottish Hospitals Survey

Probably the best source that I have been using for updating the Scottish Hospitals Survey is the National Library of Scotland’s map images. Maps are always key to charting the history and development of buildings, settlements and indeed the landscape. And the … Continue reading

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The Asylum at Christmas

Celebrating Christmas with entertainments and a special dinner was introduced into the workhouse and even prisons before it was provided in pauper lunatic asylums. It only seems to have become widespread from about the 1850s. Entertainment to the patients at the … Continue reading

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Ayr District Asylum, William Railton’s unbuilt design

Detail of William Railton’s proposed elevation for the Ayr District Asylum A competition was held for the design of Ayr District Asylum in 1864. The commission was awarded to Edwards & Robertson of Dundee early the following year, their plans having … Continue reading

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Craighouse, Edinburgh: former private asylum, future housing development

These blue remembered hills… Craighouse in the middle distance, ‘Morningside and Craighouse’ by Pascal Blachier, taken in 2007, imaged licensed under CC BY 2.0 A year ago planning permission was granted for the redevelopment of Craighouse, Edinburgh, latterly the campus … Continue reading

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Bangour Village Hospital

Rummaging in the attic I unearthed some old slides of Bangour Hospital that I had taken in about 1990, though with all the appearance of having been taken a couple of decades earlier than that. View towards the church at … Continue reading

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The Hospitals Investigator 4

Issue 4 of Robert Taylor’s Hospitals Investigator was circulated in July 1992 and in his editorial he wrote that the theme for this issue would be lunacy, in particular, baths and fire precautions. It concluded with a report on the … Continue reading

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former Murthly Hospital, Perthshire

MURTHLY HOSPITAL   Built as the Perth District Asylum, it was designed by Edward & Robertson, of Dundee and opened in 1864. It was the second district asylum to open in Scotland. Five architects submitted plans from which the Dundee architects were chosen. … Continue reading

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Lennox Castle

Lennox Castle in 2014, photographed by Robert Adam at RCAHMS One of a series of aerial photographs of the site Lennox Castle has been on the Buildings at Risk register for Scotland since 1992, the website provides a good summary of the history of … Continue reading

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