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Greenock’s lost hospitals

Greenock in the mid-eighteenth century, depicted on Roy’s map of the Highlands. Reproduced by permission of the National Library of Scotland The dark, austere tower block that is Inverclyde Hospital opened in 1979. It superseded the Greenock Royal Infirmary, Eye … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Hospitals of Skye

I was delighted to receive three booklets this week from an ongoing series produced by the History of Highland Hospitals project set up in 2008. The first to be published was The Hospitals of Skye in 2011. Written by Jim Leslie and … Continue reading

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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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Building Bedlam – Bethlem Royal Hospital’s early incarnations

From City fringe to St George’s Fields The dome of the Imperial War Museum, formerly Bethlem Hospital, photographed in January 2014 Visitors to the Imperial War Museum south London may easily be unaware that they are walking through the remains … 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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King Edward VII Estate: Midhurst Sanatorium

Following on from the post featuring Midhurst Sanatorium chapel, I wanted to look at the main Sanatorium building. It is one of the most important former sanatoria in England and one of the most attractive. Latterly the King Edward VII … Continue reading

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Dry January? Head for a Hydro! A brief look at Victorian hydropathic establishments in Scotland

After the feasting and convivial drinking over Christmas and the New Year, a dry January has become increasingly common. The adverse effects of alcohol on our health are widely known and understood today, as are the benefits of keeping well … Continue reading

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