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Report - Birch Hill Hospital, Rochdale - February 2016

Discussion in 'Asylums and Hospitals' started by Raz, Feb 16, 2016.

  1. Raz

    Raz 28DL Regular User
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    In 1871, the Union purchased a 24-acre site on the slopes of Birch Hill and Starring Hill at Dearnley for £2,500. The following year, building work began on a large new workhouse.

    In March 1873, the old Spotland workhouse partially collapsed, possibly because of subsidence due to an old coal-pit beneath the building. However, since the new workhouse was far from ready, the Spotland building had to be patched up and was used for another four yours. Even then its days were not over — in 1881, Rochdale Corporation were forced to rent it for use as a temporary isolation hospital during a smallpox epidemic.

    In 1902, a 172-bed infirmary was built at the north of the workhouse. It had a central administration block with male and female ward pavilions to each side.

    During the First World War, part of the site was taken over by the military who also erected tents in the grounds.

    In 1930, control of the site passed to Rochdale County Borough, with the Poor Law Institution being run by the Public Assistance Committee and the Hospital being run by the Health Committee. With the inauguration of the National Health Service in 1948, the site became a single hospital known as Birch Hill. Now run by Rochdale Healthcare NHS Trust, many of the original buildings are still in use. The former imbecile and infirmary blocks at the east of the site are believed to be scheduled for replacement.

    In 2001, English Heritage decided not to grant the buildings 'listed' status and their future was uncertain.

    Developer Persimmon Homes bought 28 acres of the former hospital site, on Union Road, for £21.5m in 2007 for housing – and the site has room for up to 400 homes. The historic clock tower will be preserved and form a centrepiece of the new development.



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  2. hamtagger

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    On it's last legs Raz but i like those clocky shots :thumb
     
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    Nicely done mate :thumb
    There"s more left than i imagined after all this time. Never did make the effort as per usual :(

    Didn"t do a P3 then eh ? @Coolboyslim wins :p
     
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    Slacker :p
     
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  5. Lancashire lad

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    holy shit that's trashed man , nie piks tho
     
  6. Coolboyslim

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    Awesome Raz m8ty glad you stuck them up. Absolutely love the 3 way clock really nice shot. Also love the arch reflective shot. Gutted we where minutes apart lol. Thanks for putting them up. Maybe not a huge ammount left in rooms but nice shots to be had. And @ACID- REFLUX how you know he didn't get one he might have just been in the queue lol ;)
     
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    Cool shots.
     
  8. Ordnance

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    Not so much trashed as the internals being ripped out by the demo men, me thinks. Roof tiles will be next.
     
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