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Report - Dudley Guest Hospital - Oct 2015

Discussion in 'Asylums and Hospitals' started by merryprankster, Oct 19, 2015.

  1. merryprankster

    merryprankster formerly oakleyframer
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    evening all hope everyone's cool, i'm bloody knackered so won't be writing an encyclopedia on this place!

    The explore
    Had a day of localish exploring around brum and finished the day up natwest tower, bloody nice day exploring, didnt get time to see the tunnels we wanted to but don't think they're going anywhere soon, bumped into monk and co at the first location and then bumped into them again as we turned up they were just leaving this place, good thing really as we were going in blind and they sorted us out some access which was nice, cheers dude much appreciated. quite liked this little mooch, gym ropes are always a winner in my eyes! been meaning to get up here for about a year but just been driving further afield instead of checking out whats on the doorstep, then i saw a few people had been in over recent months and decided would be a good time to give it a go. friend of mine was an extra in a film being filmed here quite recently, which was quite funny, he knows what i do and told me all about his abandoned hospital experience, think its some zombie film or something-as you'd probably expect. anyway im shattered so heres some coffee and waster history from wiki


    Victorian origins
    Situated in Tipton Road, Dudley the buildings were originally constructed as almshouses in 1849 by the Earl of Dudley to accommodate workers who had become blind in the limestone pits. The armshouses were hardly used and after being altered by the Earl were given to the town as a hospital. In 1871 they were taken over by local chainmaker Joseph Guest.
    The 20th century hospital
    In 1908, Tipton pawnbroker Hugh Lewis left his entire estate of £80,000 to the hospital.
    Most of the hospital was rebuilt between 1929 and 1939, on the far side not visible from Tipton Road, though part of these new buildings were visible from Birmingham New Road which opened in 1927 and allowed for a second vehicular access point (which was closed in the 1990s).[5] A new pre-fabricated timber/plaster board annex was added in the 1960s, and survived until the hospital's closure.[6]
    The hospital's accident and emergency department closed in the spring of 1984 and was relocated to the new Russells Hall Hospital. Around this time, fears were rife in the local area that Dudley Guest Hospital was on the verge of closure, but the opening of a new hydrotherapy pool and physiotherapy department in 1986 appeared to silence these fears. However, National Health Service officials announced in July 1990 that they were considering closing the hospital (along with nearby Burton Road Hospital, which ultimately closed in December 1993) and expanding Russells Hall to accommodate replacement facilities, but the hospital survived another 17 years.
    The former nurse's home at the hospital was demolished in 1996.[7]
    New buildings[edit]
    A new horseshoe-shaped extension was opened in 2003, but the old buildings - including the out-patients department - remained in use until October 2007.[8]
    Most of the buildings are due to be retained owing to their historic importance, though some of the less significant structures are set to be demolished to make way for a housing development - these include the wards at the rear of the site which were built in the 1930s, as well as the hydrotherapy pool and physiotherapy department. The administration building, former out-patients unit and hospital lodge are set to be retained to form residential properties.[9]
    In 2008, it was used to film Ghosthunting with... and stars from I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! ghosthunted in parts of the hospital, just six months after it closed



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  2. GK_WAX

    GK_WAX 28DL Regular User
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    nice! thanks for sharing, i love how nature has taken over in the last picture
     
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  3. TranKmasT

    TranKmasT We're Earth explorers
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    Some nice shots there. Best i've seen so far but not varying much from the other reports I've seen. Are some sections locked down?
    Looking forward to seeing more from here.
     
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    Nice Jake, love that last shot :thumb
     
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  5. Bolts

    Bolts 28DL Regular User
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    Some lovely shots here :thumb
     
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  6. Camera Shy

    Camera Shy Old enough to know better
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    Decent that.
     
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    Awesome photos!!
     
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  8. clebby

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    Shots are a bit artsy-fartsy for my liking but not a bad effort :gay
     
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  9. monk

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    Nice one mate, think I spent more time on the ropes than taking pictures here :)
     
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  10. merryprankster

    merryprankster formerly oakleyframer
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    thanks dude, yeah quite a few padliocked doors about th place, xray room was padlocked and a surgery from what i rememebr
     
  11. Coolboyslim

    Coolboyslim Mr Reality Hacker
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    Yea lovely pics looks a great looking place thx for report.
     
  12. majg18

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    Great report! Beautiful pics! Especially like the last one!!

    Have secca just packed up and left on this place then? Loadsa people seem to be getting in lately!
     
  13. WelshMoocher

    WelshMoocher Hello Dave!
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    All good shots, but really love that last one! :thumb
     
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