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Report - St. Clement's Hospital - Mile End - AUG 2014

Discussion in 'Asylums and Hospitals' started by Arthur, Aug 19, 2014.

  1. Arthur

    Arthur 28DL Full Member
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    Hi all, this is my first report and my first planned exploration so I'm sorry in advanced if it's not so up to scratch! The pictures I took aren't of that good quality aswell.​

    History of the place (copy & pasted):​


    The buildings were originally built in 1848-49 as a workhouse, for the Board of Guardians of the City of London Union.

    The palatial design was by architect Richard Tress and cost over £55,000 to construct, boasted central heating, a dining- hall measuring 100 feet by 50 feet, Siberian marble pillars, and a chapel with stained glass windows and a new organ. It became an infirmary for the CLU in 1874, and in 1912 the Bow Institution for the long-term sick. In 1936 it became a psychiatric unit, under the St Clement's name again. It became part of the London Hospital in 1968 and went through various organisational changes until closure in 2005. Services were transferred to a new Adult Mental Health Facility at Mile End Hospital in October 2005.

    Following its closure the site was transferred from the NHS to English Partnerships, then to the Homes and Communities Agency, and eventually the Greater London Authority, who in 2011 took the site to market so that it could be sold and redeveloped. In June 2012 it was announced that St Clements would become the United Kingdom's first urban Community Land Trust, with the East London Community Land Trust[1] working in partnership with Linden Homes (Galliford Try) and Peabody Housing Trust to bring the scheme forward.

    In August 2013 St Clement's was reopened to the public for the first time as the site of Shuffle Festival, a community festival showing films curated by Danny Boyle. There was also an art exhibition, music, live projections and a 'Day of the Mind' - an alternative fête day with installations by artists and scientists exploring ideas about mental health. The Day of the Mind was free to the public and supported by the Wellcome Trust. The Arts Council and Canary Wharf Group also provided support for the festival. In December 2013 Shuffle returned as the Winter Shuffle, with an extended programme of art, film, storytelling, theatre, music and science from 5–15 December.

    Construction officially started in March 2014, with the Mayor of London Boris Johnson breaking ground on the site.


    Our Journey:

    For my first planned exploration, I was more than happy with what I had found at St. Clement's. It was literally that morning that I had been looking up about it and I asked a friend of mine who had also been interested in doing urbex if he fancied it, he said yeah and we literally just went on our way. Unfortunately we didn't get to get to see the entirety of the site, but we did explore most of it which I was quite pleased about. Getting in was piss easy and we wasn't bothered by security once, we just waltzed past them at the end smiling and waving. If anyone wishes to visit this place, I suggest you do so soon because It's going to be coming down very quick. They have 360's on site now (which we're open ;)) and the piles are getting big so don't wait around! We made it to the top of the clock tower which was great but I was bummed out for not bringing a torch, we left when it was dark which was crap because we didn't get to explore the lower levels :( But I'll definitely be giving it 1 more visit before it's gone for sure!

    Anyway, here's the snaps I managed to get when I weren't shaking with excitement.​

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    The lift shaft that I surprisingly haven't seen snaps of before.​

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    Monty's face when we discovered this slimy stuff :confused



    I looked right at home in the clothes I found there and the pretty convenient crowbar :cool​

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    Our climb up the tower.​

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    Picture taken from the clock tower facing the back of the site.



    and from there we had a quick butchers of the rest of the building then we left.

    One of my first urbex experiences and I'm gonna finish this by saying I think I have definitely found a new favourite hobby. Thank god I discovered 28dayslater.com!

    Peace out :D
     

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  2. 1nk4

    1nk4 28DL Regular User
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    looks nice mate! hopefully gonna get to visit this soon!
     
  3. georgie

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