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Report - Aston Hall Mental Hospital 3/6/07

Discussion in 'Asylums and Hospitals' started by Incomplete Pete, Jun 3, 2007.

  1. Incomplete Pete

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    One of the more controversial mental hospital closures, Aston Hall is just down the road from Shardlow Hospital and has been shut since about 1998. The place is in the midst of two new housing estates and is reasonably well boarded up, however the local kids have seen to destroying a lot of what's left of the place.

    From what I've gathered, when in use the site was extremely low-risk, without any perimeter fencing and none has been erected since the hospital's closure. It was built during the 1930s, so no great Victorian architecture, just a number of "Houses", which, at their peak held 40-50 patients each, dropping to 7-8 as the place neared its closure.

    I only took a few photos, none of which are that great, but am going back soon for more. Today was a spur-of-the-moment trip without a torch. However, to get an idea of the place:

    http://www.flashearth.com/?lat=52.855341&lon=-1.387713&z=17.7&r=0&src=ggl

    Finding my way about the site proved easy.
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    All the rooms were largely stripped bare, barring the built in furniture...
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    ...and the baths
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    I wasn't sure whether the stencils on the walls were patients or artistic chavs...
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    The site was low security, barring Elm House, the secure unit, ringed with connifers by the driveway and fencing around the garden, unlike the others "Houses".
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    I didn't get many shots of the rooms, but the place was more like, and arguably nicer than a uni halls of residence. All with nice carpets, a brightly colour walls, something you can just glimpse in this shot of a broken guitar.
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    The site also includes a large leisure center:
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    One of the places I was dying to see, the controversial £5 million hydrotherapy pool which was built just a year before the hospital's closure:
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    In pitch black darkenss:
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    The workshops were quite magnificent, over two floors with big windows and a big balcony:
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    More to come when I go with a decent torch and time to explore!
     

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