Birkwood “Castle”, once known as the Birkwood Psychiatric Hospital, is believed by some to be one of the most haunted buildings in the United Kingdom.
The building, at Lesmahagow in Lanarkshire, was built around 1860 and believed to have been designed by the Scottish architect John Baird for the McKirdy family and became a psychiatric hospital in 1923. The hospital had many child residents and worked with children is learning difficulties.
By 2002 Birkwood Castle closed and remains empty, an attempt to turn the B Grade listed building into a hotel and leisure centre failed in 2011 after the developers went into receivership.
The design is said to be interesting; featuring “hidden rooms” or, at least, rooms which can only be accessed from one of the building’s towers rather than the main corridors.
Ghosts at Birkwood Castle?
There are a number of reports of ghosts and apparent deaths at Birkwood.
Internet forums report the smell of cigar smoke, often brought up by staff when the hospital was operation. Staff are also believed to have mentioned lights turning on and off again as well as footsteps in empty corridors.
The video above makes mention of a Henrik Richardson; said, by some, to have been stabbed through the throat while in the hospital. Paranormal investigators are particularly keen to see whether this alleged murder has resulted in any spiritual activity.
Some mediums visiting the hospital have spoken of the impression of a young boy riding, or towing, a bicycle while holding onto a teddy bear. Some have used the name “Mike” or “Michael”.
It has also been reported that the sound of sobbing or cry can be heard from some of the darker parts inside the building. Glasgow comedian Stuart Mitchell tweeted about his own encounter although he was filming with the YouTube based Haunted Planet TV at the time.
— StuartMitchell (@stuartmitchell2) September 25, 2012
In Pure Spirit
Have you been to Birkwood House? Have you seen or heard anything that would lead you to believe it’s haunted?
Have you researched the old hospital to find any evidence of murder, death or other sightings in or near the building? Drop us your thoughts and, better still, a URL to reports in the comments section below.