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Report - Napsbury Hospital Hartfordshire (Back in the day)

Discussion in 'Asylums and Hospitals' started by dweeb, Dec 9, 2006.

  1. dweeb

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    So, as I've said in previous posts, myself and Turk were in a 'hospital every other week' phase, and we were on our to do WP and Millennium Mills. On the way we spotted a water tower in the distance. We did not think it looked like one on the farmiliar asylums, so we drove towards it. When we arrived I was thrilled to find the whole place a building site, with some buildings still derelict. We headed straight for the tower, ignoring a guy slating a roof just a few yards away! The door was wide open, and we began the climb up the rusty steps to the top. About two thirds up the steps changed to a fantastic iron spiral staircase! Up to the top and out of a small lead lined hatch. We were not discreet in any way, and wandered around the top taking pics and admiring the roof of the fine old tower.

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    From the tower we headed for what we assumed was the main hall. Fantastic I thought... we were going to be the first up a new tower and in a new main hall. We eventually found a way in... althought it was very close to a fella sawing up some wood, Radio 1 blaring from his van. I was hoping the hall was going to be a similar set up to Cherry Knowle, with the main hall on the ground and the chapel above, so I was dissapointed to see a featureless canteen before me. Worse still was the distinct lack of stairs to the upper floor. We left rather disappointed and headed for the partially converted administration building. Now bearing in mind, we had no high vis, no hard hats as we wandered over past builders and the site office to admin. We wandered around the ground floor, again looking for stairs, but found none. As bold as brass I asked a guy who was plastering "which way to the clock mate" "Oh, you have to climb the scaffolding..."
    So up we went. It was ridiculous, in full view of evreyone! So that was it, another clock first for Dweeb, and a nice bell to top it all off!

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    While I was up there I looked again at the hall building. I noticed the size of the windows on the upper story, and I thought it must be the main hall. Turkey suggested we go, but I was very unsatisfied. In one corner was some scaffolding with polythene around it, and I guessed there was ladders up in that. I was wrong, well kind of. There was a ladder, but it was fat too short to reach the top. Instead we climbed the broken brickwork of the demolished staircase. At the top the door into the hall was locked, but a broken window above offered perfect access. I hung back once inside to photograph the door, and Turk walked past me to a door at the end of the hall. All I heard was "Fuuuuuccccck". I ran to him, swung the door open and could not believe what I saw...
    The hall was stunning, one of the best I had ever seen. The paintwork, the balcony, the essex crest were all amazing!
    I noticed there was a projection booth (interestingly cobbled onto the balcony, instead of at the back of the hall like usual) but once again there were no stairs to get up to the balcony. We managed it though, using a plank of wood and the window frame, again to the sound of Radio 1! To top it all off the proj booth was still intact, with carbon arc projectors, 'Dancetti' turntable, and all the film reels and 'now showing' lists...
    The attics above the hall were fab too, with little towers.
    Before we left we had a quick look around the interesting 1960's chapel, which was full of both original pews and stoners, who were kind enough to move aside for our photography!

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    To my knowledge the only people to follow in our footsteps were Disco Kitten and the Riddlers, and on their second visit they said the scaffolding had been plastered with anti climb paint. That did not stop our second visit to the hall...

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