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Report - Derby Royal Infirmary. Derbyshire. February 2014

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

  1. norfolkexplorer

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    Time to jump on the tourist bus and we decided to organise a road trip with a load of mates including atomic, zyge, magpie tommy, spark, sageman and sbmkIII, for some it was the 1st time we had met for most it was exactly 1 year to the day since our 1st escape from Norfolk road trip. Part of my reasoning for going was to document this explore as my tutors wanted to see me doing something different and out of my comfort zone, but ultimately it had been so long since we had all met up for a good old explore it was just getting a bit rude if we had not done.

    What a great days exploring, not bumping into anybody else all day was not what we had expected, but we managed to see most of the cool stuff, a nice drop of lunch in the canteen sat at tables was rather nice and civilized... The pipe porn in the boiler rooms was fab, only draw back was the drive home and getting stuck in a traffic jam on the dual carriageway 1 mile from Norwich for a mile.. All in what a fab day, and thanks everybody for a top day of serious wheelchair action and photos.


    History stolen from wombat... such a good write up it has to be done mate
    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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    #1 norfolkexplorer, Feb 21, 2014
    Last edited: Feb 22, 2014

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