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Report - St Clement's Hospital, Bow, East London - March 2014

Discussion in 'Asylums and Hospitals' started by sentinel, Apr 10, 2014.

  1. sentinel

    sentinel 28DL Regular User
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    Visit

    This was a great little explore with The_Raw.

    On the first visit some funny random things straight from the start, including being locked in by security, finding some strange torture chair, both being attacked by pigeons plus some others.
    Some great laughs were had, and it was good to meet Elliot5200 on the second visit.

    On the second visit I noticed a couple of Squibb Demolition cabins had been placed onsite so looks like works may be starting shortly.

    History

    The building opened in 1849 as the City of London Union Workhouse. In 1874 it was converted into an infirmary for the same Union. Mental patients came here for examination and assessment before being sent to other institutions or being discharged. In 1902 it had 511 beds. When the Homerton Workhouse reopened in 1909, the infirmary became superfluous and was closed. However, it reopened in 1912 as the City of London Institution to treat the chronically ill. It was later renamed the Bow Institution.

    The LCC took over administration in 1930, when all the Boards of Guardians were abolished. In 1933 the number of beds in the Institution was increased to 786 and a mental observation unit established. In 1935 fire destroyed the west wing and the main building. In 1936 the Institution was renamed St Clement's Hospital.

    During WW2, when it had 397 beds, the hospital was badly damaged by bombs in 1944. In 1948 it joined the NHS and the bomb damage was repaired. By 1959 the Hospital had become exclusively psychiatric. It became part of the London Hospital Group in 1968 and was then called the London Hospital (St Clement's). In 1974, after another NHS upheaval, it became part of the Tower Hamlets Health District, when it had 146 beds. By 1979 it had 135 beds. In 2003 the East London and The City Mental Health NHS Trust decided to sell the site for redevelopment. The Hospital closed in 2005, with clinical services moving to a new purpose-built adult mental health facility at Mile End Hospital.

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  2. Will Knot

    Will Knot 28DL Regular User
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    Mint report that, great pictures, thanks for sharin':thumb
     
  3. elliot5200

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    Nice one dude, it's great finding a place like this in the middle of London.
    I'll never look at that torture chair the same way again after that shot though :p
     
  4. sentinel

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    ha ha, or Brush your teeth without thinking about that scene
     
  5. Seffy

    Seffy Bally up lads!
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    Looks alreet that does mate, nice one.
     
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    Squibs got another contract after CH. Christ!
     
  7. Gabe

    Gabe 28DL Regular User
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    I had been telling you about this place for over a year so glad you finally got in.

    Nice pics too. Cant beleive this has stayed relativly under the radar compared to some other hospitals.
     
  8. sentinel

    sentinel 28DL Regular User
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    Yeah its a great place really. Shame its on the demo list. Shouldnt be to long and it will be a live site
     
  9. tumbles

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    It's always been like that, I think the likes of Zero did it back in 2005/6 and it's never been that popular. Guess there was lots more interesting stuff previously and less so now!
     
  10. Gabe

    Gabe 28DL Regular User
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    I dont get it tumbles, i think this was probably the best hospital i ever did. Severalls was cool n all that but i think i thought it was cool because i did it when i first started and was a big site, think if i went back to severalls now i wouldn't even get my camera out.

    But a place like st clements with the odd bit of equipment laying about, i probably would use my camera. I just think this place was massively overlooked when compared to all the other hospitals in and around london.
     
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    It's just one of those things. I still don't get why people do absolutely rotten stuff like Rauceby (basically a shell of a building) over Mid Wales (a complete asylum with all its original buildings left) but usually it's more to do with the ease of getting to a place or in a place. I much prefer a building with stuff too, but then the likes of Cane Hill made every other asylum seem pretty shite when it comes to that!
     
  12. sentinel

    sentinel 28DL Regular User
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    Missed the boat when it came to Cane Hill...Id rather have the fun of a hard place to get into and be rewarded with equipment and the likes upon entry
     
  13. Gabe

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    Getting in is a big part of the fun for me.
     
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    Nice one, not actually come across this before. Might have to have a look next time I'm around.
     
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