Moodiesburn shown within North Lanarkshire
|Population||6,614  (2001 census)|
|OS grid reference|
|Council area||North Lanarkshire|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|UK Parliament||Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill|
|Scottish Parliament||Coatbridge and Chryston|
Moodiesburn is a residential suburb located 8 miles north-east of Glasgow city centre, in the North Lanarkshire council area of Scotland. It is situated on the A80 road, between Stepps and Cumbernauld.
Moodiesburn's original early 1950s council home builds comprise an area known as "Old Moodiesburn" (though a substantial number of those homes are now privately owned). The opposite end, by Devro headquarters, is composed mostly of private homes built by Christian Salvesen (c. 1973), Tay/Wimpey (1993), Bellway (1995) and Persimmon (2007), which are largely inhabited by working- and middle class families. Beginning in the mid 1970s, Moodiesburn's underclass would refer to the then-new Salvesen estate as "Spam Valley", implying that the homes were so expensive in comparison to Old Moodiesburn builds that occupants could afford to eat only spam. Usage of the term began to drop off in the early-to-mid 1990s as new private estates were erected, although residents of these areas also met with disdain from the underclass. A small estate of new council builds was erected in the midst of the Salvesen area in 2013.
The suburb includes a community centre and library, a miners' welfare club (the Auchengeich Miners Welfare), a multi-denominational school (Glenmanor Primary), a denominational school (St. Michael's Primary), a Church of Scotland parish church, a Roman Catholic church, and an independent evangelical church called New Beginnings. There is also a public house (the Silver Larch), a Knights of Saint Columba social club and a coffee shop called The Coffee House.
Moodiesburn House Hotel - previously the site of the Bedlay Dowager House - was closed in early 2008 and its entire contents put up for auction. In March 2008 the function hall of the hotel was vandalised and set on fire.
Moodiesburn is also home to the headquarters of Devro, as well as a number of youth football teams, including Moodiesburn Red Star and Bridgend Boys club.
Stoneyetts Hospital (formerly Stoneyetts Certified Institution for Mental Defectives), was a certified psychiatric institution, originally for mentally deficient people under the Mental Deficiency and Lunacy (Scotland) Act of 1913, which opened in 1913. In early 1991, NHS Greater Glasgow announced their plans to close the institution, with a view to transfer its patients and staff to other hospitals. Hospital staff claimed that Stoneyetts was being deliberately run down to justify its closure; the Confederation of Health Service Employees had produced a catalogue of complaints against the hospital in 1986, claiming cockroach and mould infestation, dilapidated surroundings, and staff shortages. Despite opposition from union chiefs, protests from staff, and public outcry, operations at the hospital officially ceased on February 19, 1992. Stoneyetts had become home to many former Woodilee Hospital patients following the discovery of severe structural defects in the fabric of that hospital's buildings on 13 March, 1987, which became known as "Black Friday" among NHS Greater Glasgow staff. Following the closure of Stoneyetts in 1992, many of its patients were transferred to Woodilee, which itself ceased operations eight years later.
In late 2001, the Stoneyetts area again became the cause of public unrest when locals discovered that the Scottish Prison Service had made plans to purchase the site and build a prison there. This never materialised.
NHS Greater Glasgow granted ownership of the hospital's bowling club to local players, who have maintained and funded the venue since all other buildings were demolished. Although early evening games are played at the club on a weekly basis, the area is essentially desolate and has become a location for vandalism, fly-tipping, suicides and tragic accidents since the hospital's closure. Indeed, many level-minded people have said that they would never venture into the area at night, because of the creepy atmosphere. Stoneyetts Cottages, initially constructed for hospital workers shortly after it opened, are now secluded from the central Stoneyetts area, accessible through Moodiesburn, by the intersecting 2011 M80 motorway extension.
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