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Report - Fletcher Convalescent Home, Norfolk - May 2012

Discussion in 'Asylums and Hospitals' started by atomic, May 23, 2012.

  1. atomic

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    My first report, although far from my first explore.

    One Sunday earlier in May I went on a bit of a drive around some sites with 4lex as my trusty hungover sidekick. After checking out two other places earlier in the day and not being able to find any access inside we thought we would try here before calling it a day.

    After looking at the site we didn't think access would be easy as there is a massive care home built in the grounds directly around... how wrong we were. Not a single person noticed us get in so we had plenty of time inside.

    First the obligatory hostory...

    The original structure is very imposing and wouldn't look out of place on top of a hill on a horror film!

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    This is how it originally looked when it was first built.
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    Sadly the building as it stands now isn't so quaint, being the subject to many unsympathetic extensions and alterations around the rear and far sides over it's life.
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    The kitchens for example don't have any of the period features that most of the building does and are little more than a brick box.

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    Although interestingly the alterations have left a very small courtyard stuck randomly off the side of a corridor.
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    The inside however still contains some lovely examples of it's history and there are plenty of unique features left from the original victorian building.

    Some lovely original glass work
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    And quirky floor tiles:

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    Sadly the fireplace tiles didn't survive so well.
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    Only a single archway looked like this, very strange as all the rest are square.
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    Lovely curving handrail, although nature is taking a hold here.
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    The whole place is pretty bare as far as furniture goes, but there are still a few features left that hint towards the sites history.

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    The lift is still in place but the doors are firmly rusted shut.
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    Sadly it's not all glory as the building is very run down both inside and out and there are many holes in the roof and the wooden floors in the middle sections of the building are starting to rot leaving person sized holes.

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    Vandals have also been at work as most of the accessible windows were smashed and boarded up, along with a whole wing being smoke and fire damaged. We decided to stay away from this section as the upper level floors did not look safe in the slightest.

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    The stairs to the tower however is still accessible and the view is rather good :D

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    And typically in the last room we looked in before heading out we found... a sofa.
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    #1 atomic, May 23, 2012
    Last edited: May 24, 2012

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