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Report - St Crispins - Northants - Mar 2015

Discussion in 'Asylums and Hospitals' started by Trav, Mar 4, 2015.

  1. Trav

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    Some History

    St Crispins was a large psychiatric hospital on the outskirts of Duston village in Northampton, Northamptonshire, England.
    It was established in 1876 as the Berrywood Asylum and closed in 1995. Its grounds and the surrounding area include a new psychiatric hospital, residential housing, a large self-contained retirement village, a primary school and a local centre of shops and offices. In 1887 further extensions took place, creating a new block for idiot and imbecile children adjacent to the female wing, blocks for epileptics on either side, a reservoir and fire station, stable yard and an isolation hospital with a distinctive pyramidal roofline. A stone chapel and mortuary were also constructed. Two new villas for female working patients (Grafton and Eden Lodges)were constructed south of the female wing in 1954. The grounds to the south of the hospital farm was developed for mental handicap services during the early 1970s and was to be one of the last major long stay facilities of its kind in England

    The hospital finally closed in 1995 and the buildings are currently standing derelict with only one of the wards having been converted. A housing estate has been built on the lands that were cleared around the main building and a new mental health facility, Berrywood Hospital, has also been built on part of the site. Due to the 2008-2010 recession the work was put on hold and started again in 2011. The hospital was used as a filming location in the 1977 series of Doctor Who, in a six-part story called 'The Talons of Weng-Chiang'. The mortuary was used to represent a Victorian operating theatre. The hospital is included in the Talons of Weng Chiang DVD.


    The Visit

    Just thought I'd take a look at this place as it is only a couple of miles away. Pretty much just an empty shell ready for refurb, no flooring, few doors, just walls of brick and blocked out windows. It was a really clear night and I got there just as the sun was setting so got a couple of lucky shots....but I parked on the cricket grounds car park and my car got locked in...so to get out I had to drive onto the field(I kept to the edge!), all the way round until I was near the opposite side, down a short steep bank and onto a housing estate just fitting through the gap! phew!!

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    The full size photo stitch is something like 11 thousand pixels https://flic.kr/p/qwquP6

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  2. Oxygen Thief

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    Thanks for posting this Matt, saw it all kicking off on Facebook.
     
  3. clebby

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    Nice one.

    I haven't seen the Facebook argunent but I don't understand how people can kick off about this place? Wasn't it a shell in like 2006?
     
  4. Oxygen Thief

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    DerP rules, no naming under any circumstance on Facebook.
     
  5. The Amateur Wanderer

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    Nice work there fella, enjoyed the pics and the story about you getting locked in was quite amusing! Glad you got out ok though! :rolleyes: ;)

    I Wonder if that tower is at all climbable?
     
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  6. GRONK

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    I bet they weren't best pleased the next day. :D
     
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    Nice ones mate enjoyed those :thumb
     
  8. Seffy

    Seffy Bally up lads!
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    DerP.. LOL. Anyway, good pics dude. No way up into the clock tower I assume?
     
  9. Oxygen Thief

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    I'm guessing you shot these with small aperture?
     
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    Shit going to have to redo county asylums and rename them asylum 1 to 140
     
  11. Trav

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    Thanks everyone :)

    Yeah I didn't understand what the guys issue was. He knew where it was, and the page said to PM to ask for locations. Not that hard to follow really!!

    The tower is accessible. There is a ladder and some strategically placed beams/flooring but I never ventured up there. If I was with someone else I'd have climbed to take a look.

    Aperture was between 3.5 and 4 I think for most shots, except the dark ones. I've only been doing this stuff since boxing day so still got loads to learn!
     
  12. mattdonut

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    The pictures look better on here than Facebook :)
     
  13. Trav

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    Yeah I thought that too, Facebook compression must be shite compared to Flickr's!
     
  14. The Lone Shadow

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    This is good stuff mate, especially after they've stepped up secca after the large fire here last year. Visited here several times now and ventured to the top of the bell tower once with Southside and Unplugged, great view, although I turned down the top floor due to having to climb through a tight ladder that is almost like a vertical pipe with tonnes of pigeon shit either side.
     
  15. fairyclarey

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    love this place so much thought about going back for a look soon brilliant pictures
     
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