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Report - Rauceby Hospital, Nee Kesteven County Asylum Spring 2005

Discussion in 'Asylums and Hospitals' started by dweeb, Aug 26, 2015.

  1. dweeb

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    Here is a blast from the past!

    The recent report from Rauceby made me trawl through the archive to have a look at the compact camera snaps we took on that epic summer of asylum battering.

    In those days the place really had been left and forgotten about. No security, no fences. Just doors swinging in the breeze on an enormous building still packed full of vintage hospital goodness.

    Turk and I popped out at one point to trawl the near by building site to find a ladder to access the clock tower, which was in pristine condition with (what we now know to be) a Gent's waiting train movement which still turned over when you swung the pendulum.

    Behind the hall the hospital stores were still full of glass lights and Gent's clocks still wrapped in straw packaging. The hall's projection room had been converted to "hospital radio Rauceby" with posters of the infamous DJ "The Heartbreak Kid".

    I have very fond memories of casually wandering around the endless glazed brick corridors, not fully realizing how amazing the place actually was.

    The tower, now demolished sported a huge crack in the chimney, a remnant of the design flaws that plagued the asylum tower/chimney combo. Up top we sat in the sun and enjoyed the views of the sprawling wards and corridors. The other highlight was the XRAY room, with a pristine machine of impressive vintage which moved so smoothly one could have been mistaken in thinking it was still oiled daily.

    So, here are some crooked, poorly framed photos in their 3.2 megapixel glory, from a simpler time in the world of Urban Exploring...

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    Quite depressing to think the guys stripping admin chiseled all these off the bloody wall :(
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  2. Ojay

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    Them Dunlop green flash :D
     
  3. dweeb

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    Urm if you look closely they are actually "blue flash" to go against the grain ;)

    They met a horrible end at Rossington Colliery... more like "black flash" when I was done there...
     
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    ah, was struggling to see on phone
     
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    Opaline lamp stores FTW, Drew Pritchard would give you 10 bob for the lot of them.

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  6. clebby

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    You've got loads of lost epic that you need to repost, Atlas House for a start!
     
  7. The Wombat

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    Nice work Dweeb, jealous of your early asylum exploring days
    it looked very different even on our snowy visit a few years back
     
  8. Lost Explorer

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    Grand old girl back in the day!
     
  9. Will Knot

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    Very nice indeed....splendid piccies :thumb
     
  10. Ryan123

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    Where is this place?
     
  11. ZerO81

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    To look back at how spoilt we were with asylums back in the day eh, now there are precious few left to see.

    Great set of shots there too!
     
  12. urblex

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    Yeah well gutted that I missed out on the 'golden age' of asylums. Great report cheers for sharing :thumb
     
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    Amazing, but tooth-gnashing, stuff.
     
  14. Jordanchinkbmx

    Jordanchinkbmx "Take only pictures, leave only footprints"
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    Wicked picks! Looks like a fun explore!!
     
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    Sad to see it in its current state compared to this
     
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