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Report - St Augustine's, Chartham - October 2014

Discussion in 'Asylums and Hospitals' started by zombizza, Feb 2, 2015.

  1. zombizza

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    Another one from Autumn last year.
    This one was quite a surprise for me. I really wasn't expecting much and it turned out to be a pretty little gem. The decay and lovely lighting made for a very photogenic scene. It reminded me somewhat of the really decayed parts of severalls hospital, but obviously on a micro scale.
    This was as straight forward as it gets and would be a great one for anyone wanting to have a timid first go at this.

    History

    Chartham Asylum has also been known as Kent County Lunatic Asylum, Kent County Mental Hospital and St Augustine’s Hospital (from 1948).

    The site on Chartham Downs near Canterbury was described by the Commissioners in Lunacy as being in 'so bleak and elevated a position, exposed on all sides'. The site was approved by the commissioners only after intervention by the Secretary of State.
    The first asylum buildings were designed by John Giles and Gough and built between 1872 and 1875. On 5th April 1875, the first patients (East Kent patients housed at Barming Heath) arrived at the Kent County Lunatic Asylum, Chartham Downs.

    The hospital closed in 1993 and redevelopment of the site was started in 1997.
    The site of the main hospital buildings has been converted into a housing estate. The water tower forms part of a newly-built block of flats. The admin building, chapel, gate house and another block (i cannot identify) also remain and have been turned into housing.

    There are 4 buildings left that are slightly away from the main site and are lying derelict:
    Oak House: built in 1939 as specialist spinal wards but later used for mental health.
    Beech House: built in 1972 as a psychiatric adolescent day centre unit, incorporating a gymnasium, science laboratory, computer room and workshops.
    Juniper House: built in the 1930's for day patients/students.
    Redwood House: built in the 1930's for boarders.



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