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Report - Bradgate nursing home / Zachary Merton home, Leicestershire - Feb13

Discussion in 'Asylums and Hospitals' started by The Wombat, Mar 10, 2013.

  1. The Wombat

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    Can’t find this site on 28DL, so quite pleased with this catch. You can’t see this place from the road, so could easily miss it if you didn’t know it was there. Its been known by a few names, including Zachary Merton home, and Bradgate care home. Unfortunately didn't have my tripod or decent illumination, so done the best I can.

    The explore
    A lot bigger than we expected, its set in some woodland, with pleasant views over rolling hills out the back. As we approached the building, we quickly spotted 4 teenage lads inside, and asked them where they got in. They were happy to oblige, and we bumped into them a couple of times round the building. Whilst we were quietly going about our photography, I got increasingly irritated with the kids who had the subtlety of a sledgehammer; shouting at each other and knocking things over, so was quite relieved when they left.

    It’s been stripped, tagged and pretty trashed, but there was plenty to see across it’s 3 floors, and 2 areas, especially the hoist bath chairs. It was a struggle to pick just 30 shots to put up.

    Overall an excellent explore, and good to catch before its demolition. Explore with King Mongoose

    History (courtesy of King Mongoose)
    It was built as the Charnwood Convalescent Hospice for injured soliders in 1937. After WW2 it was made NHS and became a rehab centre/home for amputees and called Zachery Merton Convalescent Home. In 1999, the home was bought by the infamous Primelife Ltd and was renamed Bradgate Care Home. In 2006 Primelife moved into Charnwood Oaks in Shepshed, leaving Bradgate Care Home empty. Since then multiple housing associations have bought the site with the most resent application for demolition dating July 2012.


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    Thanks for looking!
     

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