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Report - Babies Castle, Hawkhurst. Dec 2013

Discussion in 'Asylums and Hospitals' started by flying solo, Dec 27, 2013.

  1. flying solo

    flying solo 28DL Full Member
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    I had a unexpected trip to Eastbourne the other weekend and looking for something to do Sat morning I decided to pay this place a visit. Its been on my list for a while and I now wish I went there sooner as its now a bit of a wreck and dangerous in places where the floors are missing or so rotten they have fallen through (I walked in one room and nearly fell through :eek:)
    A bit of history found on other sites
    "In 1886, the largest Barnardo's home for orphans under six years old was built in Hawkhurst, caring for hundreds of babies. It was known as Babies' Castle. By 1965 the number of children in care at the Babies Castle had so reduced it was decided to finally close the orphanage. It was re-named 'Hawkhurst Castle' and became a private old people's nursing home, but in 2005 it was sold again for £1.7 million and planning permission was granted to turn it into flats, but this never happened."
    http://www.goldonian.org/photos/phot...e_england_.htm

    my full set can be found here Baby's Castle 21/12.2013 - a set on Flickr

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    Thanks for looking
     

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