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St Joseph's Nursing Home, Lochwinnoch *pic heavy*

Visited St Josephs at the weekend.

From the interwebs:
GARTHLAND House, on the outskirts of Lochwinnoch, was one of Renfrewshire's most majestic mansions. The greyish-pink Tudor-style architecture of the two-storey building was enhanced by a pillared porch, elegant stairway, ivy-clad walls, pedimented portico, soaring chimneys, sloping roof and exquisitely-carved dormer and bay windows.

Built in 1796 by David King for wealthy land-owner James Adam, Garthland was embowered by beautiful gardens embellished by manicured lawns, gravel paths, sprawling rhododendrons, towering conifers and fragrant flowers and herbs.

Sadly the historic house is now but a shell of its former self. Today it lies derelict, abandoned and boarded-up in woodlands now overgrown and neglected. Yet still the old mansion clings tenaciously to its proud history. Even in the midst of its devastation it is not difficult to imagine Garthland in all its architectural and horticultural glory.

Known originally as Garpel House then Barr House before becoming Garthland House, the regal residence was acquired by the Macdowall family who came initially from Garthland in Wigtownshire and were descended from the Lords of Galloway. During the mid-1930s, Henry Macdowall sold it to the Mill Hill Foreign Missionary Society that was founded. Garthland House was renamed St Jospeh's College by the Society and, during its heyday, around 30 young men were students there.

A three-storey dormitory block was added in 1936 followed by a beautiful brick-red chapel in 1943. Both the sleeping quarters and the chapel can still be seen today although, like the house, they have fallen into disrepair and are but fragments of their former selves.

First impressions:

Sadly the original part of the building is in a very poor state, large sections of the building have fallen in.

You can see part of the roof completely collapsed here





Dormitory block


Another room



Full set here:

We were not the only visitors that day, one of the others took more than only photographs and the other arrived with hammers and bags of various metal bits  

superb work!!


Yer what e sais  

fantastic work!

rather you than me!!  

Excellent work mate  
Doog Doog

Cracking set!

Cracking set indeed, the chapel looks great and those chimneys are very striking, it must have been some place in its day.
mike c

Went to St Joseph's seminary here in early 1960's.  Sad to see it in such disrepair but at least the chapel seems in not too bad a state,  all things considered.  Wil visit there soon as returning to Scotland for this New Year,  many thanks for posting the photos.  Mike C. Forum Index -> The Greater Glasgow Area
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