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Report - Derby Royal Infirmary. Derby-shire. February 2014

Discussion in 'Asylums and Hospitals' started by Little bear, Feb 21, 2014.

  1. Little bear

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    Visited here as part of a road trip that my dad had helped to arrange and we had the most amazing time... There being everything that you could ever want to see on a nice relaxed day out, and also with the lovely restaurant in there so we could all have a pick nick and sit on chairs and have a little rest.. This was the 1st test drive of my new coolpics camera that my dad had got for me, and he has promised that after a few more explores and if I don't brake this one he will get me a better on with manual controls on it so I can stop using the flash.... All together we spent 6 hours in here and did not see everything, but even so we did have a great time.

    History stolen from 'wombat' so thank you for the nice write up .

    Derbyshire Royal Infirmary (DRI) was established in 1810 on land formerly part of Derby's Castlefield estate on land near what is now Bradshaw Way and the A6 London Road. It was known as the Derbyshire General Infirmary at the time.

    In 1890 a Typhoid outbreak sweeped through the hospital, and the buildings design was blamed. The hospital was entirely demolished. A year later Queen Victoria laid the foundation stone of what would become Derbyshire Royal Infirmary. The neo-Jacobean building was completed in 1894, and its main features were its 'Onion' shaped domed towers and its central corridor which ran the length of the hospital.

    The hospital was expanded at several points in the 20th century, the most visible being the still used Wilderslowe Tower and the now disused A+E building built in 1970. The DRI as a result is an architectural mish-mash with the original hospital at its heart.

    In the late 90s, the NHS Trust's for each hospital in Derby merged, and drew up a dramatic plan to consolidate the services of both hospital's on one site. The so called 'super hospital', soon to be known as the DerbyRoyal Hospital is one of the largest in the region.

    There are no official plans to redevelop the now redundant Derbyshire Royal Infirmary, the land is covered by a large regeneration plan which will expand Derby's city centre southwards into what is known as Castleward. The 1987 built part of the hospital shall continue to provide medical care, providing the services of the closed Aston Hall and Grove Hospital's south of Derby.

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