1. Welcome to 28DaysLater.co.uk - 28DL - The UK Urban Exploring / Urban Exploration / Urbex Forums.

    Asylums and Hospitals, High Stuff, Industrial, Leisure Sites, Residential Sites, Military Sites, Mines and Quarries, ROC Posts, Theatres and Cinemas, Draining, Underground Sites, European and International Sites, Leads, Rumours and News, Kit, Clothing, Equipment, Photography and Video sections plus a lot more.

    Please feel free to browse this website as a guest. Creating an account removes some ads, allows you to post replies, start new topics and threads, and gives you access to more features including bookmarking, live chat, messaging and notification systems.

    Create an account | Login | Request new password

Report - Sandhill Park Mental Handicap Hospital, Nr Taunton 02/03/08

Discussion in 'Asylums and Hospitals' started by Acuphaser, Mar 3, 2008.

  1. Acuphaser

    Acuphaser 28DL Full Member
    28DL Full Member

    Joined:
    Jul 9, 2011
    Messages:
    9
    Likes Received:
    0
    The day after the Bristol meet. I had an horrendous hangover and should have stayed in bed, but got to Sandhill quite late and tried to make the most of it. With my head banging i tried to make sense of my camera, managed to take these and also get in the main hall. Got a bit spooked when i realised the electricity was still on and spotted some PIRs looking at me.



    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    Some history

    The group was formed in 1948 as a result of the National Health Act (1946) and comprised of various hospitals and hostels established for the care of mentally retarded people of both sexes and all ages which were formerly administered by the County Mental Deficiency Act Committee. Sandhill Park itself had been given to the county as a school for retarded children and was opened in 1925. In 1948 it became the administrative centre of the Group and remained so until the hospitals were dispersed to the appropriate area health authorities in 1972. Cambridge House, Flax Bourton was renamed Farleigh Hospital in 1956. West End House, Shepton Mallet became Norah Fry Hospital in 1958 when Weymouth House, Frome, was renamed Selwood Hospital. The three hospitals were probably built on the sites of or nearby the former workhouses of the unions of Long Ashton, Frome and Shepton Mallet. SANDHILL PARK was bought with 140 acres in 1919 as a home for girls in need of care. In 1925, the mansion was opened as a hospital for the care of the mentally handicapped, and the Fry, Clark and Acland units were built between 1928 and 1930. From 1932 to the beginning of the Second World War, the hospital became known as a recognised Training School for mentally handicapped nursing. In 1961, Newman, Kennedy, Calway and Farrant units were completed and, as more families were rehoused, the vacated buildings were taken over by the hospital for many uses. By 1965, there were 305 patients, two-thirds of them children.

    In 1970, self-care flats were created; in 1978, Lee unit was formed, and, subsequent to this and before the closure in 1991/1992, the Chapel of Jesus was opened, and the good name of Sandhill Park had become a byword for the care of the handicapped in Somerset


    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    Inside the main hall

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     

    Remove this ad by donating or subscribing.

Draft saved Draft deleted
Loading...

Users Who Have Read This Thread (Total: 0)

Share This Page

Remove this ad by creating an account and logging in