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Report - Derby Royal Infirmary, Derbyshire, April 2014

Discussion in 'Asylums and Hospitals' started by Altair, Feb 2, 2015.

  1. Altair

    Altair Poking holes since '84
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    Derby Royal Infirmary.


    So yeah, you read the date correctly. Another from the archives which I've finally got around to doing. I'll be the first to admit that this really won't be the best report on this place. Visited with Juju on the way through Derby while on the way to a nice 'quiet' little meeting cough... Everything was shot hand held as i left the tripod in the car and we literally walked in and out in about half an hour so unfortunately missed all the good stuff.


    History

    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.

    The majority of the infirmary eventually closed to the public in 2009, with accident and emergency one of the first departments to move over the nearby Royal Derby Hospital - the second largest hospital in the East Midlands. Only a small NHS walk-in clinic known as London Road Community Hospital now functions on the site.


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    Thanks for looking :thumb
     
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  2. norfolkexplorer

    norfolkexplorer av u seen my marbels
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    Nicely done mate
     
  3. raisinwing

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    Nicely shot mate, will have to catch up soon!
     
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    thats going downhill fast
     
  5. Stopford_lad

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    Nice shots pal :thumb Had a good laugh being followed round here for the best part of an hour before climbing out a window 12 foot up :D
     
  6. Altair

    Altair Poking holes since '84
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    Thanks for the comments guys. Yeah it was rather trashed which was a shame, perhaps it was in better nick further in but didn't have the time to venture too far, sadly.

    Raisinwing - yes mate! :)
     
  7. Bigian88

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    Some great shots there :)
     
  8. Altair

    Altair Poking holes since '84
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    Cheers Bigian88 :)
     
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