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Report - St.Thomas Hospital, Stockport - January 2015 - Night visit

Discussion in 'Asylums and Hospitals' started by Reich, Jan 14, 2015.

  1. Reich

    Reich 28DL Regular User
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    Intro
    I was invited out by Coolboyslim, when he popped up to me he said he was with his missus and a friend; I knew that this chance wouldn't come every so often as to the fact that the building is being slowly knocked down! So it would be a shame to miss this place!

    History
    The hospital, in Shaw Heath, has treated thousands of older people and psychiatric patients on the NHS and was first a workhouse, opening its doors on Christmas Day 1841. But it has fallen into disrepair and there are now plans to turn its partly listed buildings into a GP super-centre, with the historic clock tower section becoming flats for first-time buyers. The hospital closed in 2003.

    The Visit
    This visit went rather well, I drove down into Stockport to meet Coolboyslim on the main road somewhere near the Hospital; once met, we made our way into the side of the hospital that held the cathedral and the morgue. We went from building to building individually trying to find the best rooms that still had equipment, unfortunately anything that would have been left had gone along time ago! In one of the buildings on the basement level there was a rather long tunnel around 25-30M long, .6M high roughly enough to crouch through; we all started to go down with me infront until we could smell asbestos! We all went back and I got the opportunity to wear the mask since this being the first time I had worn one, it was abit odd; I went down to the end of the tunnel and got to the corner of it, unfortunately i wasn't in crawling clothes so I turned around, also my breathing was starting to get faster so didn't wanna hyper!​

    The Clocktower
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    One of the floors collapsed at some point!
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    Elevator like something out of Silent Hill
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    Elevator Motors
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    What we expect used to be a padded cell
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    Just a window with beautiful nature getting around to its business!
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    The backup diesel generator I'm guessing
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    Inside the morgue freezers :) got a few pictures lying inside these ;)
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    Mould creeping in a little
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    Sometimes patients would sit at the end of corridors and prop there chair so that when the place got closed down it would make a great photo op!
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    Paint slowly peeling
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    Thanks for reading and having a look :') more to come soon!
     

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  2. Ojay

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    I'm surprised this place wasn't pulled down years ago, I remember poking about in there in 2006 or something with some mates and it was in bad shape then!

    Anyone know of a reason why it's still standing and the land not re-developed ?
     
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    As far as I knew one of the unis bought it and then ran out of money for it, apart from that there's builders taking it down slowly!
     
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    I did not know you could smell asbestos...
     
  5. Reich

    Reich 28DL Regular User
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    Well see it, bit tired at the moment so my writing might be abit off!
     
  6. Bigian88

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    Stockport college originally. The main clocktower building looks as if it had some recent work done to it on the inside as the floors look fairly new
     
  7. Reich

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    Aye if you go down into the padded room and look up you can see fresh timber!
     
  8. FreshFingers

    FreshFingers Choose life, choose tunnels
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    I may be missing a joke...that isn't a padded cell, it's a 'tanking' fit out for waterproofing. Sorry to disappoint
     
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    Ahh never seen that stuff before, I was told it was a padded cell! ahwell :(
     
  10. FreshFingers

    FreshFingers Choose life, choose tunnels
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    The smell you could errrr smell, would have been coal. I think you may have been in the basement section that had hopper style sections in, had a big gas meter in the first bit?
     
  11. Reich

    Reich 28DL Regular User
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    No dont think it was that one, it was in the building next to the morgue, the one with the conservatory! it had spikes coming out the wall that caught your arms
     
  12. FreshFingers

    FreshFingers Choose life, choose tunnels
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    Haha, yeah sorry. It'd be nice to think it was something along those lines. Although a sorry shell, if you read deep into the history of Workhouses, it's a great place to walk around and imagine the pain and suffering people experienced in that very bit of floor your stood on. That maybe just me though, I'm weird like that :(
     
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    When I was in camelot I was thinking about how it must have been with people running around!
     
  14. FreshFingers

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    Ah, righto. They were sealed when we had a poke n jiggle.
     
  15. FreshFingers

    FreshFingers Choose life, choose tunnels
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    I recall that they had the initial funding to redevelop, but subsequently had it plugged due to other shortfalls and developments, new motor college I assume, so the whole lot was halted. I assume they want to retain the land, but don't have the kitty for any other works.
     
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