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Report - Barnes Hospital, Manchester - March 2015

Discussion in 'Asylums and Hospitals' started by aiden.j, Apr 12, 2015.

  1. aiden.j

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    History
    Barnes Hospital, also known as Manchester Convalescent Home, in Cheadle, Greater Manchester, England, is a former hospital. It is located on the border between Manchester and Stockport near to the A34 road in the middle of the complex interchange between the A34, M60 motorway and M56 motorway. Whilst the hospital was constructed in a rural setting, it is now surrounded by roads. Opened in 1865 by Robert Barnes, It operated throughout the world wars, caring for injured soldiers and patients with tuberculosis and yellow fever. It was later used for older patients and stroke sufferers and closed in 1999 after healthcare budget cuts. It later temporarily housed a large group of refugees from Kosovo, appeared on the TV programme Most Haunted Live and was briefly occupied by travellers in 2007. Although the building was promptly listed as Grade II after its closure, it has reached a critical stage of dereliction. It remains an easily identifiable for passers-by, sitting on a mount overlooking the surrounding roads. It is recognisable for its eerie and sombre Gothic aesthetic reminiscent of a monastery.

    The hospital was sold in 2001, and was for a number of years owned by Realty Estates who allowed the listed building to fall into a state of dereliction. It was later sold to the Irish property development group Benmore for a sum estimated around £12 million. The company proposed a new 128 residential unit development around the hospital building but it was never submitted to the planning authority. In summer 2013 the council approved plans for 300 homes to be built on the site but no work was ever carried out and new, modified plans are now set to be submitted to the council by property developers Henley Homes. The development, to be known as Barnes Village, will see 155 new homes built on the site with 38 constructed within the Gothic Grade II-listed hospital building, including townhouses and 16 apartments. (Source: Wiki & Manchester Evening News)

    The Visit
    Our first urbex trip, heard that there's not much worth looking at in the hospital but went and had a look round anyway. The place is pretty much a construction site now, the main entrance was locked and a fence runs around the whole perimeter. Managed to find a way into the grounds that but the whole building is fully boarded up (there was a possible entrance round the front but there were builders drilling round that side so we didn't bother trying)

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    Some sort of generator building within the grounds - nothing except a few generators and a fusebox
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    Nice bit of artwork left by a previous explorer?

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    Would have liked to get some photos from the inside but judging by the amount of rubble lying around there probably isn't much left to take photos of :rolleyes:
     
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  2. GRONK

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    Nice first report, shame about not getting in. Just keep trying and eventually you will be rewarded. :)
     
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  3. Ojay

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    The boards often flap in the wind at these places, keep checking
     
  4. Miss Mayhem

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    Good effort, just keep revisiting and have a look around :thumb
     
  5. keitht

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    I visited the site in the early 1960s dealing with a planning application, it was very isolated and rural in character. There was a large pond, almost a lake within the grounds.
     
  6. aiden.j

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    Thanks guys, will definitely try and have another look round before it's demolished/converted. I'll keep an eye out for that pond as well
     
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  8. Desert head

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    You will struggle to get in, there's work men there pritty much all the time, good luck getting in
     
  9. Gruesometwosome

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    First place I ever got caught with my business partner, there was a team of polish/Romanian builders living in portacabins on site. Told us they weren't aloud to tell us what they were doing!!! hmmm....
     
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    Would love go back in there as use to work there in the 90s
     
  11. PurgeMCR

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    This is now on my "To Do" List
     
  12. Bigian88

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    I'd take it off buddy.

    Its locked up tight as development is being carried out at the moment and there's literally nothing to see inside it, not even floorboards :(

    I live 2 minutes away from it ;)
     
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    Ok Cheers @Bigian88 ITs so frustrating as everything I want to explore has been done to death or destroyed
     
  14. Bigian88

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    Nature of the beast mate. By all means have a drive around some industrial estates or remote parts of Manchester and if you're lucky, you'll find somewhere no-one has been in yet.
     
  15. PurgeMCR

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    I just posted up a question in residential on the Aytoun Street Campus for MMU in Manchester City Centre.

    It has been sold and looks empty @Bigian88
     
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