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Report - St Crispin's / Berrywood Asylum, Northampton June 2014

Discussion in 'Asylums and Hospitals' started by #35, Jun 27, 2014.

  1. #35

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    I cover a lot of miles travelling to car shows every year and have always wanted to tie a bit of exploring in with it but never found time before. Last weekend however, while down in Northampton for Retro Show at Santa Pod, me and a mate managed to get over to the village of Duston and check out St Crispin’s.

    Building of St Crispin’s psychiatric hospital commenced in 1873 and in 1876, it opened as Berrywood Asylum. It was designed by Robert Griffiths whom we also thank for Hereford County and City Lunatic Asylum (St Mary’s Hospital, Burghill), Cheshire County Asylum (Parkside Hospital, Macclesfield) and Stafford County Lunatic Asylum (St George’s Hospital, Stafford) amongst other architectural beauties. Following the second world war, ownership passed to the NHS who renamed the site. The hospital closed for good in 1995 and has lain derelict since with the usual threats of demolition, promises of development, bits of building work and plenty of vandalism all befalling it.

    We weren’t dressed for an explore as we only really went for a quick look round the outside to see if it was do-able and with my mate’s girlfriend waiting outside, we didn’t have much time to play with. Unfortunately for her, I can’t resist a clock tower! So in we went, looking mighty fine in t-shirts, trainers, shorts and aviators!

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    Scaling this ladder, past the water tank...

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    ...lead to these views...

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    Up another level...

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    Where we came across some fascinating marks from workers throughout the years: the engraved initials being my personal favourites.

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    The next stage was to get up this pitch black climb. The diameter of that pipe (which I'd guess at being 20ft or so long) is little more than the width of my shoulders and I'm not entirely over my claustrophobia.

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    Still, iPhone acting as torch in one hand I tackled it, coming out on another floor, well and truly carpeted with bird mess. A more flimsy wooden ladder lead off it with daylight at the top. And as it turned out, two pigeon eggs. Glad to have made it to the bell though! You can see the bell is dated 1876...

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    Looking down on the remains of the fire ravaged main hall.

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    What I would've given for some gloves, a face mask and some clothes I didn't mind getting all kinds of mess on though!

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  2. ASOM

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    Nice one, a couple of different views there!
     
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    Excellent looking place... and a nice set of shots!

    u>.<n
     
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    That really is an impressive clock tower
     
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    Awesome stuff, this place is trashed.
     
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    Excellent, good to see views from the top :)
     
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    Wow never seen shots from the tower. Couldn't find a way in when I went however it was pitch black :)
     
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    Ah, gutted I never reached the top of that water tower.
    Nevermind, maybe next time :)

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    We were there today and thought the ladder looked a bit rickety . After rummaging around the site we found a much safer looking ladder which we put up. Though we decided not to go up , a few youths who were there used it to get right to the top ! May pop back and have another look later !
     
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    The bell was cast the year it was open so would have been the original.

    Surprised some pikeys haven't mounted a mission to try and get it out yet.
     
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    I read somewhere that at one point there were plans to convert the tower into a single dwelling with a spiral staircase right up the centre. What I'd give to live it that! Would definitely want the bell leaving behind as a feature. Is want that "graffiti'd" timber leaving in too!
     
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    I was surprised the projectors were still there too.
     
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    Thought I'd join to say how interesting the photo's are. Many years ago, long before the place closed down, not only did I work there, but lived in the nurses home then to another room just beneath the clock tower. Looking at the photo's I can remember so much of my time there, ward names, even patients names, staff etc, and the empty shell which once was the Main Hall, I spent so much time in there. If I can find a plan of the place, I will try and put names to every room. Watching Broadmoor on the TV, reminds me so much of Crispins.

    Some wards had single rooms for patients where they were placed to avoid harming themselves and others. Walls were padded and the doors like stable doors, horseboxes they were referred to as you could open the top to observe.

    If anyone has questions, throw them my way, hopefully I will be able to find my way back to this thread.
     
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