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Report - Stallington Hall hospital, Staffordshire - June 2014

Discussion in 'Asylums and Hospitals' started by The Lonely World, Jun 8, 2014.

  1. The Lonely World

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    We went to visit Stallington Hall yesterday after a tip off from a friend and were quite surprised at what we found. Although badly fire damaged on the ground floor a large part of the interior is still in tact. I have been searching the internet all afternoon for a bit of background history but it all seems to be a bit hush hush in regards to Stallington Halls more recent use as a psychiatric hospital.

    Built in the late 18th century and originally called Stallington grange the 3 storey building is grade II listed and has been left abandoned since the hospitals closure in 1997. Once a private home to Staffordshire MP Bart Smith Child, his wife Sarah, his daughter Elizabeth and eleven staff in 1881, he left the house to his grandson Sir Hill Child upon his death who later sold it to the city of Stoke-On-Trent in 1924.

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    Stallington Hospital was then created as a home for both adults and children with disabilities and those considered at the time “mentally subnormal”. Local rumours surrounding the hospitals reputation suggest that patients were mistreated and with a patient dying in 1992 after been chained round a toilet bend this seemed to have possibly been the case.

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    The ward complex was knocked down and a housing estate now stands on the grounds with the hall fenced off in the middle. There have been a few conflicting stories regarding the use of the remaining building while it seems clear that the building was used as offices some ex employees haves confirmed that some wards were located in the building possibly in the basement for some of the more extreme cases. Several applications have been put forward to develop it into an apartment complex with one being successful, However not long after the hall was set alight with the cause unknown fuelling local speculations and conspiracy theories.

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    These photos are from our blog The Lonely World The Lonely World. | Capturing photos today that could be gone tomorrow.

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    I took this one in the main entrance hall peeking inside of the building it was quite light in the front part of the building as the fire damage had knocked out many of the windows.

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    This was located in the front outer porch by the main front door, I just thought it was quite creepy.

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    This scene caught really caught my eye when we were inside, the wooden shutters have been pulled back from the shattered glass window with the chipboard cover knocked through both side allowing the natural daylight to peek through from outside.

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    This is the frontal view of the window,with the natural daylight shining between the metal window frame.



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    This one is my favourite photographs that we took, it was taken just inside the main porch of the building. The door just left half open sets the tone of the derelict building completely forgotten and abandoned with decay covering more or less every corner.

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    This is the view from the opposite side of the door.

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    A view going through the room on to the next and as you can see the fire has caused a lot of damage making the room pretty inaccessible as I didn't fancy going through the floorboards.

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    This was on of the shots of a cupboard we discovered in one of the bathrooms, everything had been completely stripped from the room with the floor covered in rubble. This was the only focal point in the room but the way the doors have just been left thrown open makes a striking image and an interesting shot.


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    In this one of the corridors with several rooms leading off them. They were all stripped bare so there was no real way of guessing what they were apart from the bathroom with its obvious tiles.

    We did venture down into the basement but as we crept further into the depths the daylight started to disappear and we didn’t have a torch. As the light from the flash gave us a quick glimpse of objects in the darkness we got the feeling it was time to go. I didn’t really feel spooked wandering round until this point so we decided to head back and make our escape. M photographed more of the basement than me but I still I enjoyed shooting here I was frustrated that I couldn’t quite get the atmosphere into the photograph as I saw it.
     
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  2. Oxygen Thief

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    Thought that place was long gone, last time I was there it was bustling with workmen.

    Yes there were wards in this building, all the signage was there, call points, stuff like that. There wouldn't have been wards in the basement. This was a hospital for people with learning disabilities, not a dungeon.
     
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  3. The Lonely World

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    We went through the woods ninja style, climbed under half the trees and scaled the fence to walk round the front and see the gates wide open! note to self always check the obvious route :/ Saw a few bits of building equipment about but nobody on site . we wandered round for over an hour and saw no one and walked back out through the main gates too saw nobody either very quiet.
     
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    The recent works were to finish off the new bits and the stable block that had been left semi-converted for a while. The conversion of the old hall should be starting fairly soon now.

    It's good to see that it's still just about standing!
     
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    Hi folks sorry if this is an old thread as i found it on google, iv always been interested in this place as i infact grew up on Stallington Road itself and went past this hospital daily,although i have NEVER been inside, i remember it as a child and know of a few people who worked here in the early 90's there is a book about this place written by a chap called Franco Schibetta its all about his time there why he was training to be a nurse, its called "Stallington, Behind These Walls"
    i dont know if its still available to buy as i bought it a few years back now, im sure if you google it youl find it somewhere, its a very interesting read, just incase anyones interested lol

    Thanks p.s im new here and LOVE stuff like this wish i had found this website years ago lol
     
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    Looks like a good book to be fair...

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Stallington-Behind-these-Franco-Scibetta/dp/B0056FY4JC/
     
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    Well apparently its been rewritten and realeased again since i bought the original copy so iv just ordered a new one theres only been 300 of the new printed
     
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    This is so old to be commenting on I have no idea if you any of you are still active on the site! Would there be any possibility of sharing a postcode or address? I've google searched and I have found Stallington Hall Farm, which is just a farm and no hospital! Many thanks :)
     
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    You can say thanks if you want?
     
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    I know you have been on the forum since I posted that map link.

    FUCK YOU, ignorant c**t. You're banned.
     
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    Is this location still there?
     
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    Yes the location is still there
     
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    Visited this site tonight 24th June 2016 9:58PM, didn't enter the site, was just viewing from outside the fence. Perhaps not the best time to visit as attracted the attention two locals of which were rather hostile to me being there. Learn from experience eh!
     
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    I care for a gent who lived here as a patient for quite a few years till it closed, he's the sweetest old chap you could wish to meet, he cries when it's time for bed and constantly shouts if he's left on his own, makes me wonder if some of this behaviour and some of his fears stem from this place after reading about how the residents were treated
     
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