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Abandoned Hospital Hartwood Video – September 2011

After going to another location which wasn’t as successful we decided to visit the abandoned hospital in Hartwood. The remains of Hartwood Hospital, an 19th century psychiatric hospital with imposing twin clock towers, are the main feature of the village, even after its closure under the direction of the Lanarkshire Health Board in 1998. Like many other Victorian institutions in the area such as Gartloch Hospital, Stonyetts, Lennox Castle and Kirklands, the inception of the Community Care Act (1990) gave rise to a more community-based focus for long-term mental health care, and the consequent closure of long-term psychiatric hospitals.

The original hospital was overseen by Dr Archibald Campbell Clark, the medical superintendent, and was involved with the inception of modern psychiatric therapies such as occupational therapy, ECT and industrial involvement. In the hospital style of the time, Hartwood was entirely self-sustaining, with its own farm, gardens, reservoir, graveyard, staff houses, etc.

Walking around the grounds was very eerie and the weather was almost perfect for visiting an abandoned place. It was also the first time I had been out with my new camera, the Canon 600d which is a really great camera and I think have added to the overall quality of the videos.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hartwood

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4 Responses

  1. There were some small details left of lanarkshire TV but the roof has caved in on one of the towers and the main building where I believe the main studio was unfortunately.

  2. Your pictures are wonderful.  I did part of my medical training here and stayed at the accommodation down the road.  I had lots of great memories here, Christmas parties in the great hall and brilliant fireworks at the back of the main building.  It breaks my heart to see it in this state, I would love to go back and see it one last time but I would rather remember it as I remember it than the shell it now is.

  3. I used to work here from 1993-2000 in the nursing college just next to it. Have been back a few times but never managed to get past the gates. Really sad to see the place in this state.

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