These rather snowy pictures were taken after the house had been converted and was then being used as a hospital.
A great deal of money was spent to do this conversion as the hospital was to be home to people with differing states of mental health problems and some of the wards were "locked". The patients ages ranged from 18 -80 and they had a selection of day rooms and a school building was in existence. The original floors and parquet flooring was still in the house along with some of the original fixtures.
Part of the court yard still had the cobbles and the area that may once have been the stables was converted and these were single "private "rooms.
There was another small house slightly further down from the main gate house and at one time this was lived in by the porter for the hospital and his wife who was a nurse.
The original bannisters and some of the wood work that was present throughout houses built at this time can be seen in these pictures.
Various Pictures Taken Both Inside and Outside The Hospital.
The House's Interior.......
Above the entrance to the building was this plaque. Unfortunately the picture is not good enough to enlarge and read but I have two descriptions of the wording.
The plaque was believed to contain both the names and the date of the marriage of John Birkmyre to Helen McLarty on 29th November 1855. It also had the date of the building of Broadstone house.
A member of the nursing staff also recalls a plaque with the details of the opening of the hospital within the house and grounds. I am unsure if this is the same plaque or if there was more than one.
The plaster work throughout the house was very ornate. Many of the designs also contained the entwined initials of Mr & Mrs Birkmyre.
There was also this stained glass window on the main stair well. It was of a religious nature and the family emblem and the entwined initials were incorporated into the top three panels.
Ellen recalled working in the hospital.......
It was a wonderful building I always enjoyed working there. The larger rooms all faced the river and the views were wonderful the sun would come streaming in the windows. The matrons room at the time still had the most lovely marble floor.. I also remember there was an old wooden seat in the building beside what would have been at one time been the "boot room".
There was also an attic room way up at the top of the tower but I never liked it! It always brought a chill to go to that room. We all enjoyed working in the hospital and were sad to leave. I think if you were going to recall all that the Birkmyre's had done you would be writing for the next ten years!
Details for this section have been put together with the help of John P Campbell who was kind enough to send me the photographs of the hospital in the 1970's and also gave me some information about the family. For this I express my sincere thanks!
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