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Report - Mundesley Hospital (Inside), Norfolk - August 2013

Discussion in 'Asylums and Hospitals' started by Dan1307, Aug 17, 2013.

  1. Dan1307

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    Re-visited this place the other day with intentions of going inside this time. The explore was successful with no problems from security etc. and it was great to have a look about, its really quite clean all round and doesn't look like its had many people inside since its closure. Here is a bit of history on the place for those who don't know;

    Built in 1898/9 by the firm of Boulton and Paul of Norwich, the hospital was established in 1899 by F.W. Burton-Fanning as a tuberculosis sanatorium. It was the first large centre in England that had been built specifically for open-air treatment of the disease. Modelled on similar hospitals in Germany and Switzerland, where open-air treatment had been pioneered, a number of wooden huts were set up in the hospital grounds, some of which can still be seen, each adjoined by their own tiny wooden toilet hut built in a similar style. Here patients could spend time in the open air sheltered from the elements. However, due to its status as a private hospital, Mundesley could only offer treatment to wealthy patients.

    During World War II, Mundesley Sanatorium temporarily moved to Cheshire, only returning to Gimingham after hostilities had ceased. In the late 1940’s, huge advancements regarding the treatment of tuberculosis and a potential cure were made. By the fifties, convalescent treatment for the disease was deemed unnecessary and in 1957 the Sanatorium was officially adopted by the National Health Service and gradually fell into disrepair.

    After being purchased by Adapt Ltd in the 1990s, the complex underwent a major refurbishment and was used as a drug and alcohol rehabilitation unit that was re-named the "Diana, Princess of Wales Treatment Center" shortly before re-opening in 1997. It served as one of Europe's largest Drug and Alcohol rehab centers for 11 years but in the summer of 2008 Administrators were called in and the clinic was closed in 2009.

    The place is a grade 2 listing building and is currently for sale at ~£1.3million, although with little interest as a whole, it is also being advertised as two separate properties.


    Here is a very small selection of photos from my visits, the whole set of 175 is available here should you be interested - http://www.flickr.com/photos/danielhar...

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    And I have also coloured this overhead photo for information, Green areas were all open and explored, the red section to the west was locked by an internal door, although didn't look to contain much. The pink section is seen in the later selection of photos above, and is in the worst condition, presumably left half way through renovation. The house off to the east is separate and in quite bad condition, a lot of collapsed floors/roof etc. There are also huts in the hills to the north of the building, all open, but mostly empty.

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    Overall its a great explore, really enjoyable and a lot too see, well worth a visit.

    Cheers, Dan.
     

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