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Report - Dudley Guest Hospital, Dudley Dec 2015

Discussion in 'Asylums and Hospitals' started by dweeb, Dec 29, 2015.

  1. dweeb

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    Plenty of history on the previous reports so I'll summarize. Built as an alms house which was never used by the Earl of Dudley, which was purchased in 1908 by Joseph Guest and subsequently turned into a hospital.
    The building had a large extension in the 1930's, along with a total refit.

    Well I guess I left it a little late to go and see this, however I usually enjoy hospitals which are part way through being demolished as the stripping out process usually reveals some interesting long hidden features. To be fair half the stuff I photographed would not have been visible a month ago so perhaps I did actually pick the perfect time to go...

    The front block is very old but looks to have lost all it's original features in the 30's refurb. However much of that 30's charm survives, chiefly in the beautiful period bath rooms and toilets that had survived. There were also some lovely 30's fireplaces in the offices and board room, which were all kitted out with stunning linoleum floors beneath the carpet tiles.

    Water tower was worth the climb for good views over the surrounding area. The stone spiral staircase ended abruptly at the top suggesting it was once a little higher, I guess an archive image will confirm this.

    All in all a good wander on a drizzly December day, but nothing to write home about.

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  2. Speed

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    Sure is a few nice bits popping up now the diggers are there!
     
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    I'm hurt that you went without me. Told you it was good!
     
  4. merryprankster

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    nicely covered, any idea when they started tearing into it?? sure it was only about a month ago i went and nothing had started, is the gym still about?
     
  5. dweeb

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    Gone I think, as are all the more recent adjoining corridors. They are just gutting the 30's ward block ready for demo, so that's not going to be standing for long. I poked my head in but it was a bit meh.
     
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