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Hartwood Hospital (Asylum)
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 04, 2013 11:47 pm    Post subject: Re: Hartwood Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

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This is a place that will never be forgotten but for all the wrong reasons.Once spent time there as a patient.A miserable dreary existence for patients who were there.


Without digging too deep into the why you were there perhaps you could share some of the experiences good or bad. It alls adds to the information and detail of the place. Saves on the supposition on what actually went on.

Hope your safely on the mend now.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 14, 2013 2:39 am    Post subject: Former Patient Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

The person I would like the information about is my mother - Margaret Forbes (McQueen). She was married to Thomas Forbes and her father was William Beveridge McQueen. For about 12 Years I was in an orphanage but then was brought up by Grandad & Grandma McQueen. I remember that Grandad played and taught the organ in Holytown and have just a couple of photos of them. What I would really cherish is information about my mother but most of all a photo of her as I have never seen her not even a photo. In family circles it is believed that she was placed in a Hartwood Hospital about 1934 because she suffered from post natal depression and was unable to care for the children The place could have been Hartwood Asylum  as she seemingly lived in that area. Could you trace whether she was an inpatient there?  Would there be any other contacts that may help as living in Australia it is very difficult to access records from Scotland without having very deep pockets. Any sort of help would be greatly appreciated
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 14, 2013 5:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

Hello Yvonne,

I'd really like to be able to help you on this long shot, but it might be a little too long a shot and outwith our abilities. On saying that, we've been known to come up with long shot information before.
What I can tell you is that it is highly likely your mother was admitted to Hartwood Asylum as depression was considered one of those illnesses that should be hidden away from the public. I'm not even sure if the records dating that far back are still held and if they are, where.

The pictures posted here show just a fraction of whats left of the asylum and it's just a shadow if it's former self. Perhaps a fitting end for it when I think about it
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 14, 2013 7:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

I think the main issue here would be the collating of records and i doubt the NHS-Scotland would have them as it theoretically only took over mental health and asylum care in 1949 two years after its formation.

I know from personal experience trying to find stuff from as recently as 1978 has been met with the "Records destroyed or record whereabouts unknown" but have seen sporadic stuff appear on the internet from further back and always news stories appearing of NHS records appearing in skips or landfill.

Like Stu said it would be a bit of a long shot and hopefully you will find some answers. As for photos unless your mums family had any its also a bit of a long shot as to whether the Health Service had any.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 14, 2013 11:19 pm    Post subject: Re: Former Patient Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

Yvonne L wrote:
Would there be any other contacts that may help as living in Australia it is very difficult to access records from Scotland without having very deep pockets. Any sort of help would be greatly appreciated


By that comment I suppose you've already visited the Scotland's People website for births deaths and marriages etc.  I'm presuming your mother would be about 100 if alive today.  However, if no longer alive her death certificate may give you the name of a contact as there would be an informant recorded.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 25, 2013 6:48 pm    Post subject: Thank you Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

Just wanted to say thank you to all of you who have posted up information and pictures.  Well done for getting them and thanks for sharing them.

Will continue to watch with interest.

Thanks to you all.  Please keep the information coming as I have an interest in renovating these buildings and bringing the place back to life.  So anything you can give me that would be of use would be gratefully appreciated.  

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 04, 2013 8:02 pm    Post subject: Re: Thank you Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

velmapip wrote:
Just wanted to say thank you to all of you who have posted up information and pictures.  Well done for getting them and thanks for sharing them.

Will continue to watch with interest.

Thanks to you all.  Please keep the information coming as I have an interest in renovating these buildings and bringing the place back to life.  So anything you can give me that would be of use would be gratefully appreciated.  

Thanks again


Sounds interesting,I live local and would love to see these building renovated.....anything other than demolition or an open-cast coalmine.

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 23, 2014 6:52 pm    Post subject: Looking for someone to help me write my time as a patient. Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 08, 2014 6:24 pm    Post subject: there today Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

There is a way over the fence now as it seems a lot of youths have made use of the building. Most of it is off limits due to fallen timbers. I would love to get into the nurses college on another visit. I would have loved to get into the morgue.
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