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Records of Woodilee Hospital, Lenzie, Dunbartonshire, Scotland

Compiled by Alistair Tough, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Archivist, 23 July 1998.
GB 812 HB 30.
Records of Woodilee Hospital, Lenzie, Dunbartonshire, Scotland.
Dates of Creation:
25.00 metres.
Held at:
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Archives.
Name of Creator:
Woodilee Hospital (psychiatric hospital: 1875–2000: Lenzie, Dunbartonshire, Scotland).
Language of Material:
Level of Description:
First edition.

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Administrative/Biographical History

Woodilee Hospital, originally known as the Barony Parochial Asylum at Woodilee, was opened in 1875 it was the largest parochial asylum in Scotland, with 400 inmates. By the mid 1880s it was licensed for 600 patients. In 1898 it became the responsibility of a united District Board for the City and Barony parishes. It became a Glasgow Corporation hospital in 1930 (by which date it had been expanded to a 1,250 capacity) and a National Health Service hospital, under the Board of Management for Glasgow North Eastern Mental Hospitals, in 1948. A villa for mentally deficient children was opened in 1900.

Agricultural labour (on the Hospital’s four farms) was used as a form of work therapy until the late 1960s. Woodcroft House, a unit for the treatment of 20 male juvenile patients, was opened in 1957 and closed in 1978. In 1974 Woodilee was placed in the Northern District of the Greater Glasgow Health Board: the Northern District was followed by a complex series of short–lived administrative structures. A large part of the hospital was evacuated following the discovery of severe structural defects in the fabric of the buildings on 13 Mar 1987 ("Black Friday" to many at the hospital). Following the National Health Service reforms of 1992, the Greater Glasgow Community & Mental Health Services Trust became responsible for Woodilee. Woodilee Hospital closed in 2000.

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Scope And Content

  • Administrative letter books, 1916–1956
  • Admission warrants, arranged by date of death or discharge, 1924–1961
  • Annual Reports, 1883–1919
  • Case notes, 1875–1956
  • Correspondence regarding patients, 1919–1956
  • Daily report books of Woodcroft House, 1958–1978
  • Minutes, 1898–1923
  • Pamphlets, photographs and ephemera, 1857–1986
  • Post mortem reports, 1881–1956
  • Reports on Woodilee by HM Commissioner of the General Board of Control, 1875–1948
  • Records of dental laboratory, 1954–1965
  • Records of official inspections, 1877–1955
  • Registers of admissions, discharges and deaths, 1875–1992
  • Registers of accidents, 1879–1956
  • Registers of escapes, 1879–1962
  • Registers of staff, 1874–1978
System of Arrangement:
Chronological within record class.
Custodial History:
Records held within National Health Service prior to transfer.
Immediate Source of Acquisition:
Woodilee Hospital, Lenzie, Dunbartonshire, Scotland.
Appraisal, Destruction and Scheduling:
This material has been appraised in line with standard GB 812 procedures.
None expected.
Access Conditions:
Normal 30 year and 75 year closures apply.

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Copyright / Reproduction:
Applications for permission to quote should be sent to the Archivist.
Reproduction subject to usual conditions: educational use & condition of documents.
Existence of Copies:
No known copies.
This material is original.
Finding Aids:
Descriptive list.
Related Units of Description:
GB 812 HB 1: Records of Gartloch Hospital, Lanarkshire
GB 812 HB 19: Records of Glasgow Corporation and Glasgow Parish Council
GB 812 HB 28: Records of Western Regional Hospital Board, Glasgow
GB 812 HB 32: Records of Glasgow Northern Hospitals Board of Management/District
GB 812 HB 55: Records of Greater Glasgow Health Board
Publication Note:
Hutton, Guthrie, Woodilee Hospital: 125 years, (Glasgow, Greater Glasgow Community and Mental Health Services NHS Trust, 1997).

Fonds–Level Description Compilation Details

Compiled by Alistair Tough, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Archivist, 23 July 1998.

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