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Lead or Rumour info - Cambridge Lunatic Asylum (Fulbourn) & Waterbeach Fire Control Centre

Discussion in 'Leads, Rumours and News...' started by Ben_L, Mar 29, 2013.

  1. Ben_L

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    Cambridge Lunatic Asylum is due to be evacuated in December for relocation to another site in Cambridge. Having driven past Fulbourn hospital many times, I can see that it looks like it holds some pretty sweet features.

    The other one is the Fire Control Centres are being mothballed with one man on Monday-Friday to keep it clean and tidy. Cambridge is definitely on the list, however Merton, South West (Not sure where) and Warrington are not on the list for closure.
     

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  2. Speed

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    Il swing past and see if they have left the front door open next time i go past
     
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    I thought fulbourne was converted to a business park?
     
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    It is but theres a fair bit of the original building still there. Not sure if bits like the hall and admin remain fairly intact?
     
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    Satellite images show the old stuff in place, admin, tower, hall and what I suspect was the old internal chapel
     
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    I went there a few years back cause an ex gf did some of her medical training there, i honestly thought it was just a teaching hospital now.
     
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    might have to skope this out as down there in a few days
     
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    Woooo hi there (first post). I used to work in Fulbourn for many years. The main building is still an active hospital and as such is off limits.... However there is a tunnel system much like Addenbrookes. Some of the ajoing outbuildings still have access to the basement and this is where you want to go. Truly spooky and still has rings on the wall where the unruly patients were shackled and left to rot.
     
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    I used to work at Addenbrooks hospital the underground system isn't great just hot and sweaty but to others could be interesting, leads to the accommodation and other areas, its easily accessed as well through several hundred areas in the hospital lol. But i never knew Fulbourn had an underground system that on the other hand could be interesting are the buildings easily accessible though is the question? as ill take a look and post some pics this weekend.
     
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    I used to fix the computer system at the laundry there. Used to be a stack of surgical instruments piled on one desk, which had been removed from the Doctor's coats brought in for laundering. Artery forceps have so many uses in electronics :)

    Phil
     
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    These rings on the wall sound interesting...
     
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    Sounds complete bullshit more like! There may be rings on the wall but you would think someone who worked there wouldnt fall for dumb stories like that.
     
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    Well, we've been promised some photos from there in the next week... Hold you're breath
     
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    I've been round a couple of times myself - there are/were lots of later (1920's onwards) annexes and other parts that were all active - I'm pretty sure the "main building" hasn't had any actual patients in it for years - looked like the usual printers, desks and motivational posters you'd expect to find in any offices to me, which was what I'd expected having heard it was a business park now. It's tiny by County Asylum standards and you can walk round the whole building in 5mins.
    Only empty parts were the Steward's house and the gate-lodge.
    Be interested to hear if that's all changed though!

    There may well be rings down in the basement, but the patients weren't ever chained to them - someone was pulling yer leg methinks;)
    Fulbourn was a County Asylum opened after (exactly) 50 years of county asylum lunacy legislation being in full-swing, and so subject to all the regular checks, rules and regulations they all were. If they'd been caught doing something like that, they would have been sent to prison. Not saying it was perfect, but people chained up in basements...? Nah.:)
    It was actually among the first to start unlocking the wards in the 60's...

    Possibly the most tragic thing that happened was a chimney sweep (just a mere lad of about 10yrs) got stuck in a chimney there - they had to demolish the chimney from the outside but by the time they got to him, he'd died. On a positive note, Lord Shaftesbury used that specific example at Fulbourn to help his push to end child labour in Britain and so that lad's death helped put an end that most-enduring image (besides lunatics chained up in basements, perhaps) of the Victorian era for good.
     
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    im currently working in the basement an most of the buildings there. having spoke to many people onsite they say no restraints was allowed at this hospital. as for the rings in the basement i have yet to find any. most of the tunnels are now bricked up with only about 8 rooms left down there. got to work nights there soon hope for some entertainment. the chapel is a meeting room but still in tact. i will take some photos if anyone would like ?
     
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