Basic Site Details

Name: Broadstone Castle
Town, district or village: Port Glasgow
City or county: Renfrewshire
Country: Scotland
Parish:  
Status: A listed
Grid ref:
Notes: Broadstone stands/stood just east of Port Glasgow and was the residence of the Birkmyres of the Birkmyre Ropeworks in Port Glasgow who endowed Broadstone Hospital at the other end of the town.

Large Scots-Renaissance mansion with details based on Newark Castle: rubble, 2/3-storey with 4-storey tower, crow-stepped gables, notable conservatory: panel with letters 'ADV' and 'PKC' interwoven and 'architect 1870'

It served for many years as a psychiatric institution, when it was known as Broadfield Hospital, but this closed in the 1990s and the building was sold by auction in 2001. Now known as 'The Castle', its refurbishment to form the centrepiece of the Castlebank residential development began in 2001 by Muir Homes. However, in 2004, a fire reduced the house to a shell and restoration is not expected to be complete before 2010.

(it was gutted by fire in July 2007) between one and two miles to the east of Broadfield, accessed by a long driveway from the A8 adjacent to Woodhall roundabout.


Broadstone was bought by Paisley in 1929, to cater for mentally deficient women and juveniles, and from then on both it and Broadfield were run as a single hospital of whatever name. This should not be confused with Broadstone Jubilee Hospital.

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Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 2Broadfield Hospital, Broadstone House  
Item 2 of 2The Castle Now known as 'The Castle', its refurbishment to form the centrepiece of the Castlebank residential development began in 2001

Building Type Classification

The building is classified under the following categories:
 ClassificationOriginal classification?Notes
Item 1 of 1Country House  

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 1Old Greenock Road Stands just E of Port Glasgow

Events

The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 81869 Build/construction 
Item 2 of 81870 CompletionBuilding dated
Item 3 of 8After 1899Before 1911Build/constructionHalf-timbered gate lodge
Item 4 of 81929 Alteration/conversionBought by Paisley to serve as hospital for mentally deficient women and juveniles. Both Broadfield and Broadstone were run as one hospital - under the name Broadfield Hospital.
Item 5 of 81985 ClosedClosed as mental hospital.
Item 6 of 82001  Building sold by auction - purchased by Muir Homes
Item 7 of 82004 Destruction/demolitionFire reduced building to a shell
Item 8 of 82010 CompletionCompletion scheduled for 2010.

People

Design and Construction

The following individuals or organisations have carried out design/construction work. Where architects or practices worked together, matching letters appear beside their names in the Partnership Group column.
 NameRolePartnership GroupFromToNotes
Item 1 of 4David BryceArchitectA1869  
Item 2 of 4James Montgomerie AlexanderArchitectBAfter 1899Before 1911Half-timbered gate lodge
Item 3 of 4Joseph John ToughArchitectBAfter 1899Before 1911Half-timbered gate lodge
Item 4 of 4Stewart, Tough & AlexanderArchitectural practiceBAfter 1899Before 1911Half-timbered gate lodge

Clients

The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
 NameNotes
Item 1 of 1Birkmyre, John of Birkmyre Ropeworks in Port Glasgow  

References

Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
 Author(s)DateTitlePartPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 3Richardson, HarrietN.D.Scottish Hospitals Survey Unpublished typescript (copy in DMW Archive)Listed as Broadfield Hospital
Item 2 of 3RSA1871    
Item 3 of 3Walker, Frank Arneil1986South Clyde Estuary: An Illustrated Architectural Guide to Inverclyde and Renfrew  p108

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Builder27 May 1876XXXIV Obituary of Bryce

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 2Courtesy of Hugh McIntyreInformation sent via DSA website Sent June 2009
Item 2 of 2Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register40078