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Report - Cambridge Military Hospital, Aldershot, Hampshire - Dec 2012

Discussion in 'Asylums and Hospitals' started by Nobby, Jan 1, 2013.

  1. Nobby

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    Explored with member D@ywalker

    The Cambridge Military Hospital, built by Messrs Martin Wells and Co. of Aldershot, was located at Stanhope Lines. It was named after Prince George, Duke of Cambridge and opened on 18 July 1879. In the First World War, the Cambridge Hospital was the first base hospital to receive casualties directly from the Western Front. The Cambridge Hospital was also the first place where plastic surgery was performed in the British Empire. Captain Gillies (later Sir Harold Gillies), met Hippolyte Morestin, while on leave in Paris in 1915. Morestin was reconstructing faces in the Val-de-Grace Hospital in Paris. Gillies fell in love with the work, and at the end of 1915 was sent back from France to start a Plastic Unit in the Cambridge Hospital.

    After the Second World War, with the decline in importance of Britain's military commitments, civilians were admitted to the hospital. It pioneered the supply of portable operating theatres and supplies for frontline duties. The hospital also contained the Army Chest Unit. It was closed on 2 February 1996 due to the high cost of running the old building as well as the discovery of asbestos in the walls.

    Myself and D@ywalker still buzzing after Santastock2012 were getting restless sat around doing nothing so decided upon a lastminute.com first explore at Cambridge Military Hospital, we set off at 9am and made our way to the site. With directions given from from other explorers we made what was potentially an easy access into an epic one. A few explorers were already active inside with one poking his head through a window and giving us a pointer, after a close shave with secca and a bit of shit gymnastics, a rotten roof slip and slide and potential ankle breaking drop we gained entry, dusted ourselves off and made our way in....

    This place is massive, because of our time frame we only managed to explore certain parts, we'll definitely be coming back.

    Nice to bump into and chat to the other explorers yesterday, Sorry I only managed to remember Chris and Laura's names so if the others are on here give us a shout...and thanks to the guy who scared the shit out of us on the stairwell! :eek:

    Hope you enjoy the phots.

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    Thanks for looking
     
    #1 Nobby, Jan 1, 2013
    Last edited: Jan 1, 2013

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