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The Children's Homoeopathic Hospital, or The Glasgow Homoeopathic Hospital for Children, was located on Hamilton Road to the east of Glasgow. The hospital closed and relocated during the 1970, the hospital building was later demolished, and replaced by flats.

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Original Entrance
Original entrance gate
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Glasgow Homoeopathic Hospital

General History
The first Homoeopathic Dispensary in Glasgow was established in 1880 by a few doctors. In 1909 a new Dispensary was opened financed by the Houldsworth family and in 1914 Houldsworth Hospital was started at 5 Lynedoch Crescent. The hospital moved at 1000 Great Western Road in 1931, the premises at Lynedoch Crescent becoming the Out-patient Dispensary. The Board of Management amalgamated with that of the Children's Homoeopathic Hospital in 1944 and after the establishment of the National Health Service in 1948 both hospitals came under the Board of Management for Glasgow Homoeopathic Hospitals and within the NHS. The out-patients dispensary was moved from Lynedoch Crescent to within the hospital at 1000 Great Western Road in 1987. The Children's Homoeopathic Hospital was closed in the late 1970s. The hospital continues to thrive and in January 1999 it moved to new purpose-built hospital premises in the grounds of Gartnavel General Hospital, less than half a mile away.

Children's Hospital

The same gate view in 2007
The same gate seen in 2007

Oakpark, 221 Hamilton Road, Mount Vernon, Glasgow, E.2.
Matron - Miss M. A. Sheilds, S.R.N., S.C.M.
Visiting Hour - Saturday, 2.30 to 3.30 p.m.
Out-Patients' Sessions: Children only
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 10.30 a.m.

The three original Homoeopathic Institutions of Glasgow:

  • Glasgow Homoeopathic Hospital, 1000 Great Western Road, Glasgow, W.2.
  • Children's Homoeopathic Hospital, 221 Hamilton Road, Mount Vernon, Glasgow, E.2.
  • Homoeopathic Out-Patients' Department, 5 Lynedoch Crescent, Glasgow, C.3.

Now centralised at:

  • Glasgow Homoeopathic Hospital, 1053 Great Western Road, Glasgow, G12 0XQ.
- The History of the Glasgow Homoeopathic Hospital, Peter Morrell & Sylvain Cazalet.[1]

After closure

As noted in the general hHistory above, the Children's Homoeopathic Hospital was closed during the late 1970s. The hospital, a hotel (the Golden Gates), and all the surrounding buildings were then demolished, and the site cleared to make way for a small development of low-rise flats.

The only remaining evidence of the original houses that occupied the area is the substantial sandstone wall, entrance gates, and pillars. The wall extends from the bottom of Mount Vernon Avenue, around the corner at Hamilton Road, then west for a further 200 metres.

The Golden Gates name referred to the name given to the mansion that once occupied the site, so called because one owner, Mr Roxburgh, proprietor of Glasgow's Britannia Theatre, had the large gates painted gold c. 1900. The gateway now standing in Hamilton Road is not entirely original, as the Corporation undertook a road widening and re-alignment programme, resulting in the dismantling and rebuilding of the wall and gateway, and their relocation.


The hospital gate, 2007
The hospital gate
The larger gate to the east, across Hamilton Road at Mount Vernon Avenue, 2007
The larger gate to the east,
across Hamilton Road at
Mount Vernon Avenue, 2007


1 The History of the Glasgow Homoeopathic Hospital, Peter Morrell & Sylvain Cazalet

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