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Report - St. Mary's Mortuary and Vagrant cells, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire - August 2015

Discussion in 'Asylums and Hospitals' started by slayaaaa, Aug 16, 2015.

  1. slayaaaa

    slayaaaa 28DL Regular User
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    Intro

    Another morgue, DEAD PEOPLE FRIDGESSS

    Biiiiig thanks and props to Mockneyreject, who drove about mad and spotted the boards up on something else near which lead to me throwing a mad excitable fit when I saw this tucked away at the side.

    Had a good day, thanks for putting up with me! :)

    Hope you enjoy the report?

    History

    Work house turned hospital, this place, unlike most others, retained some of it's original features from it's Workhouse early years. The whole Vagrant's block had been retained. Why they did this was unclear, but a small section of this small block was converted into a small Mortuary that would service both St Mary's and Melton Mowbray cottage hospitals.

    Here's some history of St Mary's and it's past:

    Up to 1834
    A parliamentary report of 1777 recorded a parish workhouse in operation in 'Melton Mobray' with accommodation for up to 40 inmates. In 1835, there was a workhouse in the town on Back Street.

    After 1834
    Melton Mowbray Poor Law Union officially came into existence on 26th March 1836. Its operation was overseen by an elected Board of Guardians, 56 in number, representing its 54 constituent parishes as listed below:

    County of Leicester: Ab-Kettleby, Asfordby, Ashby Folville, Barsby, Branston, Brooksby, Buckminster, Burrough-on-the-Hill, Burton Lazars, Coston, Great Dalby, Little Dalby, Dalby-on-the-Wolds, Eastwell, Eaton, Edmondthorpe, Freeby, Frisby-on-the-Wreak, Gaddesby, Garthorpe, Goadby Marwood, Grimston, Harby, Hoby, Holwell, Hose, Kirby Bellars, Long Clawson, Melton Mowbray (3), Nether Broughton, Old Dalby, Pickwell with Leesthorpe, Ragdale, Rotherby, Saltby, Saxby, Saxelby, Scalford, Sewstern, Somerby, Sproxton, Stapleford, Stathern, Stonesby, Sysonby, Thorpe Arnold, Thorpe Satchville, Twyford, Waltham-on-the-Wolds, Wartnaby, Welby, Wycomb and Chadwell, Wyfordby, Wymondham. ​
    County of Nottingham: Over Broughton.
    Later Additions: Bescaby (from 1858), Shoby (from 1858), Sysonby with Eye Kettleby (from 1894).​


    The population falling within the Union at the 1831 census had been 17,872 with parishes ranging in size from Brookesby (population 10) to Melton Mowbray itself (3,356). The average annual poor-rate expenditure for the period 1833-5 had been £9,433 or 10s.7d. per head of the population.

    A Union workhouse was built in 1836 at the east side of Thorpe Road in Melton Mowbray. It was designed by Charles Dyer and adopted an elongated H-plan layout, rather than one of radial layouts more popular at the time.

    A vagrants' block was located at the south of the workhouse. It contained work cells for stone-breaking at the southern side. The cells walls contained outlet grids (now bricked up) through which were placed the small pieces of broken stone.

    The nearby vagrant cells were for vagrants, or tramps, passing through the town.

    Interesting List of residents: http://www.workhouses.org.uk/MeltonMowbray/MeltonMowbray1901.shtml#Inmates

    Further reading: http://www.workhouses.org.uk/MeltonMowbray/
    http://www.meltontimes.co.uk/news/local/town-s-piece-of-history-could-be-lost-1-464848

    Pictures

    Have some messy pics about dead people things, No doubt MR's pics will be better :D

    Mortuary

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    A rather bare and empty Chapel of rest

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    Skylight

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    FYAH

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    Why do dead people need to be comfy?

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    May the force be with you

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    Uno

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    Lock you in

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    Special waste

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    Plans

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    Cells

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    Best served chilled

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  2. clebby

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    The mortuary looks average but those vagrancy cells are amazing. Nice work!
     
  3. Bugsuperstar

    Bugsuperstar Irresponsible & Reckless
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    I like it!
     
  4. mockney reject

    mockney reject 28DL Regular User
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    An awesome day out, 8 different locations visited , 400 miles covered :D

    I'm pooped, I'll stick my pics up tomorrow lol
     
  5. Goldie87

    Goldie87 28DL Regular User
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    It's nice in there, surprised more people haven't been
     
  6. ZerO81

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    Looks good does this place, cheers for posting :thumb
     
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    The lighting on this reminds me of the Umbrella Corp logo from the Resident Evil franchise :)

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    ACID- REFLUX 28DL Regular User
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    Nice one matey :thumb
     
  9. slayaaaa

    slayaaaa 28DL Regular User
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    Milla is hot.
    Still need to see Retribution...
    :S

    Thanks for the comments! Again, there's more to see at this site and a lot of it has been there for a long time.
     
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    Yorrick 28DL Regular User
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    Very nice mate :thumb
    Pillows to keep the head upright - it's more dignified for the corpse apparently.
     
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    Mr Sam 28DL Regular User
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    I was born here, not in the derp though!
     
  12. slayaaaa

    slayaaaa 28DL Regular User
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    I'd like to make it very clear we did NOT break into this building. Whether or not this:

    "As it was pointed out to me, one bit of advice I would give is if your desperate for a pic of a mortuary fridge make sure that you don't post pictures online with the glass in the door intact and the door nailed shut and the next lot of pics from inside the place! Massive fail!"

    Was directed at us or not, I'm not willing to involve myself in "Urbex Drama" as there isn't much that annoys me more. If it was not directed at us, then I apologize. But I'm not sure where anyone has seen pictures of the glass intact. This would be because the glass was never intact, or at least it wasn't when we found the place. We did not break it, nor did we force our way into the building at all. We left it how we found it. Maybe someone found it before us that I'm not aware and broke into the site? I don't care. We were simply opportunistic.

    Want proof? I'm happy to provide it, if you're impatient, check Google Street view (taken in May shows the glass not intact.) We visited in August, I can provide proof for that if necessary.

    Thank you. Have nice, drama free, Sunday. :)

    (Mods, delete if you feel it's appropriate)
     
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  13. hamtagger

    hamtagger 28DL Regular User
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    Who said that was about you? As for drama, aren't you the one starting it with the above eager and swift defensive reply to a general statement that was made in another thread? Drama over
     
  14. slayaaaa

    slayaaaa 28DL Regular User
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    Not interested in arguing, I was covering my back in case this was brought forward to anyone willing to investigate etc.
     
  15. Mr Sam

    Mr Sam 28DL Regular User
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    Sealed now anyway, although nice of them to leave the photo opportunity ;)
     
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