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Report - Selly oak Birmingham August 2015

Discussion in 'Asylums and Hospitals' started by Lavino, Aug 17, 2015.

  1. Lavino

    Lavino 28ÐŁ ƦEGUŁλƦ U$EƦ
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    Selly oak hospital



    Visited the hospital with woopashoopaa and @GRONK and thanks to @Dangle_Angle for the info. Was a good explore this one started off with the morgue then moved to the A&E departments. Some really nice things still left behind. While there the secca guys were constantly circling the hospital. But never seen us until it was time to leave. He was a bit of a nob with his dog handler hi-viz vest on ( no dog in sight) and holding some kind of spanner and shouting at us not to move haha. Then called police who turned up with blue lights and WAA waa WAA waa bit over the top. Took names and dropped us off back at car. So anyway back to the important part the pics. So here a few from the day and and some history and thanks again lads for a great day...


    Selly Oak Hospital's birth as an institution was not an event of national pride or cutting-edge medical innovation. Its remarkable story is one of gradual evolution from local poor law workhouse and infirmary to modern hospital treating complex cases of injury and disease. Through the history of one local institution we get a fascinating insight into aspects of the social and medical history of our country.

    The first buildings on the site of Selly Oak Hospital were those of the King's Norton Union Workhouse, featured in the image below. It was a place for the care of the poor and was one of many workhouses constructed throughout the country following the introduction of the Poor Law Amendment Act of 1834. This act replaced the earlier system of poor relief, dating from 1601.

    The rising costs of poor relief had become a national problem and the new act sought to address this. Throughout the country, parishes were formed into larger unions with the power to raise money from rates on property to pay for the poor. King's Norton Poor Law Union was formed from the parishes of Harborne, Edgbaston, King's Norton, Northfield and Beoley. Each of these five parishes had individual workhouses.

    These were replaced in 1872 by the new, much larger one at Selly Oak. It was built to accommodate 200 pauper inmates. Central supervision by the Poor Law Commissioners in London ensured that all workhouses were administered similarly by a set of rules and regulations. How humanely these were interpreted depended entirely upon each local board of poor law guardians, who were local worthies. They were elected annually and gave their services voluntarily.

    The aim of the Poor Law Amendment Act was to deny any form of relief except through admission to the workhouse. Generally it was assumed that the able-bodied poor could find work and if they didn't then they should be forced to work within the confines of the workhouse. It was thought that if conditions in the workhouse were really bad then the poor would be deterred from seeking relief. However, by the late 18th century it became apparent that the majority of workhouse inmates were the most vulnerable people in society; the young, the old, the chronically sick and the mentally ill. Various Acts of Parliament ruled that separate provision should be made for children and the mentally ill. The sick poor were to be accommodated in separate infirmary blocks. These were often built adjacent to the workhouses and were the forerunners of many great hospitals of today.

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  2. woopashoopaa

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    Was a fun day, but shame we got caught :(
     
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    Very nice loving the shots of this place m8ty. One of the pics in history just showing IMG not sure why. But thanks for report m8ty. Deffo a good looking place. Even with blues and twos sounds like fun lol
     
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    Very nice report there mate...real shame about the third table being scrapped :(
    Great piccies though :thumb
     
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    Sweet report dude
     
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    Haha can just imagine you and your pap's faces.... Brilliant. Wish I was there for that mate.
     
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    It took us some time to find the pieces of that body haha. I can't take the credit however, this was @redhunter work :)

    Shame we couldn't find the head though
     
  8. Lavino

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    The head was outside on a pile of rocks :(
     
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    Hahahaha can't believe we missed it haha. Have to go back just to complete him now haha
     
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    :thumbNicely done mate .

    It does look like his Dog's done one on him in that pic lol

    You'd think it was a Nuclear Power Station with all those Secca wandering about. All in pairs when I've been .....maybe there's Ghosts ; )

    Wonder who has the Morgue table? Not like you can sneak it out without being seen. Unless the Top Hat Morgue Slab surfers flown it out of course
     
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    @ACID- REFLUX i think there a new firm trying to impress. I don't know how but if someone did nick the slab that's why security's been stepped up.
     
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    Great report pal! Would like to see this myself one day. :)
     
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    Yeah go take a look it's worth it pal
     
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    One day pal. When im not so much a noob. ;)
     
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