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Report - Moreton-In-Marsh Cottage Hospital, Jan 2014

Discussion in 'Asylums and Hospitals' started by huey, Jan 4, 2015.

  1. huey

    huey 28DL Regular User
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    This week I have been mainly...exploring with Clebby-some say he sleeps upside down like a bat and that he can see straight through walls.All I know is he can destroy a £3 meal deal in exactly one minute flat.
    All credit to him for this one though,has been on his to-do list for ages.Thanks for the invite mate.

    THE YAWN YAWN HISTORY BIT

    The main hospital building was originally built in 1873,extensions being added over the years as the need demanded,hence the usual random sprawling layout. The handsome Victorian cottage is still in great shape and despite not being classed as a listed building has a six month restriction order on it as its 'an important heritage site.'
    Overlooked by houses and very much in daily use,apparently by a film props company,which proved disappointing-what looked like a beautifully preserved chapel through the window turned out to be a chipboard film set...you might think a hospital without beds is about as worthy as a pub without beer,but its being used,kept warm and is surviving well unlike most closed NHS hospitals.

    The original cottage where it all started
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    As it is today
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    Google pic shows layout nicely,pinmark shows the cottage
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    Another sham film prop-anyone recognise the hallway from TV? No,i don't either..
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    Giving the game away,film set gives way back to hospital
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    Hastily filled conservatory holds bedrails,notice boards,equipment,wheelchairs etc etc
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    More props randomly litter the place
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    Original curtains and rails in here
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    Into the hospital proper now
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    Quite nice stairs led to disappointing generic offices
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    An old day room
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    A few nice features remain
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    The old staff canteen
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    Places like this are constructed as much by people as they are bricks and mortar.Every good explore should tell a story and this one starts with a lady who was instrumental in the concept and running of this hospital.

    Rebecca Horne 1840-1925

    Born and raised in Moreton-in-Marsh she was engaged to Lord Redesdale's son who died in a horse riding accident shortly before their marriage.Lord Redesdale offered to pay for her to train for a profession. She was caring for a sick friend when the local doctor,impressed by her nursing skills and compassion,half suggested the community could do with more people like her.Next time he met her he told her he had mentioned the idea to a committee of men managed the dispensary and they approved the idea.
    She approached Lord Redesdale who gave land and £150,the equivalent amount was raised by public subscription,the church collection donating £56.The cottage hospital was born and opened by the Bishop of Gloucester with seven beds.Rebecca became the first matron.

    The Horne family in 1896-she is the nurse sitting on the right hand side of the front row
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    She never married and remained Matron until retirement.She passed away in 1925.

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    Thanks for looking.
     

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  2. Session9

    Session9 A life backwards
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    Re: Moreton-In-Marsh Cottage Hospital Jan 2014

    Looking good :thumb
     
  3. huey

    huey 28DL Regular User
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    Re: Moreton-In-Marsh Cottage Hospital Jan 2014

    Thank you,still plenty to see I reckon.
     
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    Re: Moreton-In-Marsh Cottage Hospital Jan 2014

    Very nice report! Gutted I didn't get in New Years Day, needs to head back up this week I think.
     
  5. norfolkexplorer

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    Re: Moreton-In-Marsh Cottage Hospital Jan 2014

    Nicely done... was it 2015, or just a bit slow with posting ;)
     
  6. huey

    huey 28DL Regular User
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    Re: Moreton-In-Marsh Cottage Hospital Jan 2014

    Captainwow- let me know when you want to go mate...
     
  7. Seffy

    Seffy Bally up lads!
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    Re: Moreton-In-Marsh Cottage Hospital Jan 2014

    Hmm, interesting. Got family a few mere miles from Moreton and never even knew about this. Good work on getting it done mate :)
     
  8. huey

    huey 28DL Regular User
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    Re: Moreton-In-Marsh Cottage Hospital Jan 2014

    Norfolkexplorer- er,glad you spotted my deliberate mistake...ok,it should have read 2015,I haven't got used to it yet :crazy
     
  9. huey

    huey 28DL Regular User
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    Seffy,cheers mate,was Clebbys baby tho..let me know if you visit might be able to help,cheers again.
     
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