Streets of Glesga
Paperweights made from the rubble of Glasgow's famous Rottenrow Maternity
Hospital were snapped up at £10 each - often by people who were
The one-inch stones come with an imprint of a baby's face and "Rottenrow
1834-2001" round the edge.
( note: no paperweights available )
The Royal Maternity Hospital, located in Rottenrow for over 160 years,
relocated to new, state-of-the-art premises in the Glasgow Royal Infirmary
in Autumn 2001, the site having been acquired by Strathclyde University
earlier that year. The various buildings on site, located in the heart of
the University's campus, were in too great a state of disrepair to be
renovated; instead, commemorative stonework is being saved for use in any
new building. Demolition began in May 2002.
The Glasgow Royal Maternity Hospital was
founded in 1834 in Greyfriars Wynd as the Glasgow Lying-In Hospital and
Dispensary. It moved to St Andrews Square in 1841 and in 1860 to the Rottenrow:
it has been nicknamed "The Rottenrow" ever since. Completely new
buildings were erected on the Rottenrow site in 1880/81 and a substantial
extension added in 1908.
These buildings had a bed complement of 108 beds and contained a large
lecture theatre and operating theatre for clinical teaching purposes.
The title Glasgow Royal Maternity and Women's Hospital was granted in
1914 and the present shorter version adopted in 1960. At the reorganisation
of the National Health Service in 1974 the hospital was placed in the
Eastern District of the Greater Glasgow Health Board and from 1993 it was
under the Glasgow Royal Infirmary University National Health Service Trust.
In 1996 the Western Regional Hospital Board decided that the hospital should
be replaced. In 1998 a move to new premises at the Glasgow Royal Infirmary
seemed likely. and the hospital was relocated to new, state-of-the-art
premises in the Glasgow Royal Infirmary in Autumn 2001.
from e-mail, July.2003, Marion Forte (nee
"I thought a picture of the Rottenrow
might be alright for your website as a lot of us were born or had our