Lapwing Lodge - Coats Mill Sanatorium

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Lapwing Lodge started Life as a Sanatorium for Coats Mill workers in 1910. At this time the veranda was open to the elements for the patients to be wheeled out into the fresh air to recover. It remained in their ownership until 1955. Some of the former residents are said to have never left…..

Just the mention of Lapwing Lodge will send shivers down the spine of many a Scout. Now a thriving outdoors centre just outside of Glasgow, the site was once a Sanatorium for Coats Mill workers. Today, the Lodge still houses many ghosts, but perhaps the most famous is the ghost of the White Lady, the beloved sister of a woman who was murdered nearby, and who roams the front and back fields.

In 1959 it was offered to Paisley Burgh and Renfrew County Council, but rejected, after which the building deteriorated. Ownership changed again this time to the Red Cross in 1960 and Paisley Scouts used the grounds for camping.

Lapwing Lodge seems to still attract its former guests, there are stories of the grey lady who was a nurse there and still looks after the guests in the dormitories that were once occupied by patients of the sanatorium. There is reported poltergeist activity with a spirit of a gentleman who loves a good puzzle in the lounge. Staff also tell of the children who were killed in a tragic accident nearby and can still be heard playing. Many persons lived the end of their days here and are said to still be resident.

(Submitted by Lisa Tedstill – UK Ghost Nights)

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Geographic Information

Gleniffer Road
PA2 8U Paisley

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55.798952400761536, -4.492219447565731
East Renfrewshire
Nearest Towns:
Millikenpark, UK (2.0 mi.)
Howwood, UK (2.2 mi.)
Renfrew, UK (2.4 mi.)
Renfrew County, UK (2.4 mi.)
Renfrewshire, UK (2.4 mi.)
Johnstone, UK (2.4 mi.)
Elderslie, UK (2.6 mi.)
Neilston, UK (3.1 mi.)
Kilbarchan, UK (3.3 mi.)
Paisley, UK (3.3 mi.)


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  1. Was sitting on a bench in lochwinnoch cemetery and I clearly heard a woman singing no words just singing it was really strange I’ve never heard anything like it

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