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The Sanatorium

#1 Post by Brian » Sun Feb 10, 2008 6:47 pm

This house still exists on the far end of the Clonallon road and was also known as the Rostrevor sanatorium (as you could also get to it from Rostrevor via the back roads)

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#2 Post by northbrook » Sun Feb 10, 2008 9:10 pm

Somewhat idealised, can`t ever remember it looking like that.

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#3 Post by herecomestheCONGO » Sun Feb 10, 2008 9:54 pm

I think you can still see the T.B huts in the grounds of the San...Thats where my Granda and Granny first met, whilst working in the Sanitorium, owned then by a Dr. Steed and the Nixon family.

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#4 Post by bornandbred » Sun Feb 10, 2008 11:05 pm

Can anyone remember the lady who lived there in the 1980s? She & her husband bought the sanatorium in a derelict state intending to renovate it as their home. Unfortunately the gentleman - & he was truly that in the real meaning of the word - became very ill with cancer before the project got underway. He was nursed by his wife, who was a beautiful, gentle lady, until his death. Afterwards she & her family managed to bring at least some of their plans to fruition. I don't know if, or when, she moved on.

I know all this since I had the honour of having tea with them during the husband's illness. To my shame, I cannot bring to mind the names of this lovely couple & am hoping one of our members can enlighten me.

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#5 Post by local lass » Sun Feb 10, 2008 11:40 pm

Alexander` is the name of the people that moved into the sanatorium in the 80`s. infact Mrs Alex is still there and still renovating.

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#6 Post by bornandbred » Mon Feb 11, 2008 11:48 am

Thank you for that local lass. You don't happen to know her Christian name, or that of her late husband? I think he may have been John, but not sure. I also think he may have been a customs officer.

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#7 Post by local lass » Mon Feb 11, 2008 12:10 pm

Her name is Joyce, I can`t remember her husbands name.

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#8 Post by Brian » Mon Feb 11, 2008 12:56 pm

On the subject of people living there, in the early 80's a couple from Antrim lived in it, he was something to do with a container manufacturers in Newry called alcom or olcom or something like that, they only stayed in it for a year or so but they were there (can't remember the names though)

my dad remembers seeing the little huts in the grounds that only had 3 sides, complete with beds - he also remembers discovering an old still complete with bottle capping machine also in the grounds :D

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#9 Post by Dragonfly » Mon Feb 11, 2008 6:48 pm

Didn't even know this existed, I don't think I have ever seen that or herd of it. Is it still there now?

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#10 Post by Brian » Mon Feb 11, 2008 7:04 pm

Moygannon wrote:Didn't even know this existed, I don't think I have ever seen that or herd of it. Is it still there now?

Go on up the Moygannon road, past JF Kennedy park, and it is on your right hand side about a 1/4 mile before you reach the Levallyreagh road that takes you back into Rostrevor (I think you can see it from either road) Its been a while since I was up that way

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#11 Post by Dragonfly » Mon Feb 11, 2008 8:33 pm

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had a look not sure i can pin point it as i only ever went up them roads a few times, I get lost in a paper bag ~x(

I was going to have a look for it and post a present picture.

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#12 Post by Brian » Mon Feb 11, 2008 8:44 pm

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around about the red dot

sort of in that area

As I said you can see it from the back-road into Rostrevor as well as from the main road.


Oh, and remember it is a private dwelling, so you would need the owners permisssion 8)

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#13 Post by Dragonfly » Mon Feb 11, 2008 8:48 pm

Oh its lived in, thought it was maybe dialect after that last owner died. Just want a nosy really. May take a run down that road and get lost again tomorrow. I dont know how I get lost here but I do lol

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#15 Post by Dragonfly » Mon Feb 11, 2008 8:55 pm

Thanks I just have to go and clean the tea spray of my monitor after looking at the price :lol:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u0g27L-kooI I want sat nav like this :lol:

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#16 Post by herecomestheCONGO » Mon Feb 11, 2008 10:33 pm

Is her name Jean Alexander?? I must ask `doobie brother`....

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#17 Post by local lass » Tue Feb 12, 2008 12:00 am

herecomestheCONGO wrote:Is her name Jean Alexander?? I must ask `doobie brother`....
I don`t think Hilda Ogden lives in the sanatorium.

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#18 Post by herecomestheCONGO » Tue Feb 12, 2008 12:09 am

Ha ha, very good `local Lass` I`ll buy you a coffee for that in Cafe Piazza...hope John Heatley is`nt logged on!! ;)

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#19 Post by bornandbred » Tue Feb 12, 2008 8:40 pm

Brian wrote:he also remembers discovering an old still complete with bottle capping machine also in the grounds :D
Did he ever use it ?

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#20 Post by Brian » Tue Feb 12, 2008 9:07 pm

Nope, it was all rusty and obviously had not been used for years, we think some of the patients (or staff) must have been making their own "medicine" :D

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#21 Post by Dragonfly » Wed Feb 13, 2008 12:09 am

went looking for it today, didnt find it. I must have been blind was probably in front of me. Got slurry over my new leathers though :[

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#22 Post by Liz » Sun May 11, 2008 9:23 pm

The son of the lady (Mrs. Alexander)who lives/lived in that house is called Timothy, although older than me I remember him at Newry High School.
The house is in the townland of Aughavilla.

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#23 Post by Brian » Thu May 15, 2008 12:26 am

Don't panic if you see the post dates on this thread and think you missed it first time around (or indeed you having a "deja vu" experience), as this thread was in the VIP section. I have moved it out here after some recent interest in the sanatorium :D

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#24 Post by Dragonfly » Fri May 16, 2008 9:56 am

I still aint found this place :( was up there a few times to.

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#25 Post by nkrumah » Sat May 17, 2008 3:49 am

Liz Weir wrote:The son of the lady (Mrs. Alexander)who lives/lived in that house is called Timothy, although older than me I remember him at Newry High School.
The house is in the townland of Aughavilla.
Mrs Alexander's husband John was a Customs man from Portsmouth (maybe ex RN?) had a goatee beard I think. The two sons showed up at Dromore Rd around 1959 or so. The older one Graham may have been an air traffic controller in England somewhere, possibly retired by now.
And Tim was the name of the younger one. He'd be 54 or 55 now. Last I heard Mrs A (Joyce) and Tim were still there but thats a few years back.

The house is on the Moygannon Rd on the right just after it joins the Clonallon rd ( down from Joe Coopers, if that helps the old timers.) I think the original picture is of somewhere else. the lie of the land is wrong.

So far as I know John was working for the Customs at the border and able to retire. The view towards Carlingford is spectacular, and the house would have been dirt cheap by English standards back then. But it was a major fix up job with damp and such and he may have tried to do a lot of it himself.

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#26 Post by Brian » Sat May 17, 2008 11:33 am

I think the original picture is of somewhere else.
as with all post cards, a certain amount of "poetic license" was used, especially in those trying to make the sanatorium look a much nicer place than it may have been. as i mentioned earlier, I was up in the house a few times back in the late 70's early 80's, my dad also mentioned that the huts that were in the grounds had beds in them, but were open to the front, so as the patients would get fresh air and bed rest. I dread to think what happened if it rained suddenly :D

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#27 Post by nkrumah » Sun May 18, 2008 3:58 am

Brian wrote:
I think the original picture is of somewhere else.
as with all post cards, a certain amount of "poetic license" was used, especially in those trying to make the sanatorium look a much nicer place than it may have been. as i mentioned earlier, I was up in the house a few times back in the late 70's early 80's, my dad also mentioned that the huts that were in the grounds had beds in them, but were open to the front, so as the patients would get fresh air and bed rest. I dread to think what happened if it rained suddenly :D
So can you retake the picture, background and all?

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#28 Post by Brian » Sun May 18, 2008 11:30 am

So can you retake the picture, background and all?
Yes, but I would have to ask permission first. Can't go wandering onto somebody's private grounds like a renegade paparazzi :rotfl:

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#29 Post by bornandbred » Sun May 18, 2008 5:35 pm

nkrumah wrote: So far as I know John was working for the Customs at the border and able to retire. The view towards Carlingford is spectacular, and the house would have been dirt cheap by English standards back then. But it was a major fix up job with damp and such and he may have tried to do a lot of it himself.
John had only just retired & had great plans to restore the old house. Unfortunately he was diagnosed with cancer & was unable to fulfill his ambitions. He died before any work was done. I was working for Marie Curie at the time, & looked after John briefly just prior to his death. Otherwise, I really don't know the family, & haven't seen Mrs Alexander since then.

I did watch with interest as the work was done slowly over the years........it was in a terrible state when I was last there......& I think it's mostly completed now. It must have cost a fortune to restore!

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#30 Post by fawn52 » Sun May 18, 2008 11:36 pm

i know joyce very well i havnt seen her for awhile i know she was broken into last year and her son was very concern about her . joyce is a lovly kind lady

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