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Report - St Clements Lunatic Asylum - Bow - January 2015

Discussion in 'Asylums and Hospitals' started by brewski, Jan 4, 2015.

  1. brewski

    brewski 28DL Full Member
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    Midweek nighttime mission, my mate had just got into St Jospehs Orphanage back in Preston and needed a fix! Not too far from where i live so we went to check out St Clements, another that is well on the way to being developed, full on construction site. Access was really easy and then had a bit of a mission around the site. Found our way into the main building, most of the stuff on the inside has been stripped out and can see from the previous reports that a lot has changed in the last couple of months. Another site that will be gone in the not too distant future. Was great fun crawling through tunnels in the basements and getting upto the roof clock tower.


    Bit of history stolen from wiki :)

    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.


    Few of the pics, not much to see there now and not many pics as was trying to keep on the lowdown from secca.

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  2. slayaaaa

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    Haha that piano is still there, awesome. They're keeping all those buildings including the morgue for some odd reason. Love that place and to be honest, I didn't think I'd see it again despite being so near to it. Nice view from the tower isn't? Nice report mate. Needs some history though, can copy and paste a few words from my report if you're lazy haha.
     
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    ah yeah i'll get some history in there now.
    yeah was good to get in there and see it, like you say great views from the top of the tower of the city etc. didnt go into the building right at the front as seemed a bit ontop with the secca
     
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    Ah good you didn't, it's live with secca and something else I think...
     
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    ah right, thought it was. could see him sat in his office and thought that was pushing our luck a bit too far!
     
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