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Report - Harperbury Hospital - Hertfordshire - July 2014

Discussion in 'Asylums and Hospitals' started by Rik UE, Jul 16, 2014.

  1. Rik UE

    Rik UE 28DL Regular User
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    Harperbury Hospital

    History​


    The Middlesex Colony, begun in 1929, was opened on 20th May, 1936, by the Rt. Hon. Sir Kingsley Wood, M.P. Minister of Health. The Colony is intended for mental defectives who are socially inadaptable in the community, or who are neglected or without visible means of support. Male defectives who are capable of being employed are provided with suitable agricultural occupations on the land, or at various industrial occupations in the Colony's workshops.

    Female defectives are suitably employed in the laundry, general kitchen or workrooms. Children who are capable of it are given various simple occupations. The patients live in separate "homes" of the villa or pavilion type. The Administrative Centre, consisting of the main administrative offices, dental and surgical clinics, dispensary, central kitchen, reception hall, workshops, laundries, &c. has been built on an axial line running north and south, the Colony buildings for male and female being placed east and west around and overlooking playing fields. An isolated site on the south side is allocated for the children's section.

    The nurses' home is situated immediately to the west of the main administrative offices, adjacent to the main entrance from Harper Lane. Wild Farm, an 18th century house, is the residence of the medical superintendent: there are also residences for the Deputy Medical Superintendent and senior officers, and a staff village situated east on the road frontage forms part of the scheme. The Recreation Hall is equipped for talking pictures and has a stage; it will seat 700. There are tennis courts and sports grounds. The buildings are surrounded by farm lands.

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    My Visit​


    Now I know what you are thinking oh no not another Harperbury report, but this place is right on my doorstep basically, and I just had to see the place for myself, yes the padded cells and swimming pool and good stuff had all gone, people kept telling me how bad it was, but it got me out the house, the sun was shining so why not!!

    People were right though, the place is absolute trashed, never seen anything like it, glad I visted though, shame I didn't visit sooner, would have loved to have seen the padded cell.

    The best thing about the place was the two bits of graffiti lol.

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    The place really is a shit tip, a lot has been demolished over the last few years, I can see the whole lot going in the not too distant future.

    Thanks for looking.













     

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  2. Coxieboy

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    Jeez! that is one of the worst trashings I've seen on here. Love the photos, hate the idiots.
     
  3. Rik UE

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    Thanks had new camera and was testing it, done well.

    I was told it had been trashed, but I never imagined it would be soo trashed!

    still an enjoyable mooch!
     
  4. KM_Punk

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    Nice shots, was access an issue? lol

    Lick of paint, good as new
     
  5. Rik UE

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    Was a nightmare getting in, access was particularly difficult as you have seen :)
     
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    Some nice pics there despite it being so trashed, you're right about the graffiti that 'transformation' one is ace!
     
  7. tumbles

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    Not sure which is worse this or Barrow but they still have a certain charm about them in places.. the swing shot is always a good one :)

    Don't know why they knocked half of the buildings down and left these completely wreaked ones??
     
  8. Rik UE

    Rik UE 28DL Regular User
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    Thanks for comments, even though it is completely trashed I would like to go back and investigate the buildings I didn't get a chance to see, and also I have a 50mm 1.8 lens which is pretty amazing on close up shots, want to give that a test drive, it performs well in low light.
     
  9. Rik UE

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    :D that comment made me lol!
     
  10. mrwhite

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    made me laugh also, but for a different reason..why oh why hamtagger were you counting cocks??? LOL
     
  11. Heroic J

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    Hhhmmm, been here a few weeks ago, most of the buildings are sealed tighter than me ex but anyone wanting to go here should be careful as there are now signs warning of a guard dog patrolling.
     
  12. slayaaaa

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    Nice report. Good to see this place still up even though it may well be a big derp of a trash heap, but meh. It's hospital i'd love to go see it!

    Nice report!
     
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