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Report - The Rest convalescent home, Porthcawl - September 2015

Discussion in 'Asylums and Hospitals' started by Jon6d, Sep 14, 2015.

  1. Jon6d

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    While on holiday I decided to take a look at closer look at the , now know as Rest Bay Care Home, the hospital as also been use to treat soldiers suffering with BMSD.



    The Rest was established as a seaside convalescent hospital for the working classes, particularly miners, in 1862, at the initiative of Dr James Lewis, of Maesteg, Glamorgan. Lewis was supported by Florence Nightingale, the reformer of hospital nursing. The institution was maintained and supported by private contributors which included prominent landowners, industrialists, the trade union movement, friendly societies and a host of private individuals. The aim was to provide respite for people who worked and lived in terrible conditions.

    The first patients at The Rest were the seven survivors of the Tynewydd Colliery disaster. They had been trapped underground for 10 days.

    It was rebuilt in the 1870s-1880s. The Rest closed in 2013


    I decided to walk around the building but as I entered the site I was approached by one of the local farmers who as a farm house just behind the home, he asked me what I was up to, I just said I was just taking a few pics of the place and he was fine with it.

    Walking around the place it looked pretty looked up and secure, then when I got around the back of the building I could see a broken window where someone had already been in buy the look of things, I didn't go in at this point as I was on holiday and didn't want to risk anything so I just took a few pics and made notes of the place for when I was to return.

    I returned to the place a few weeks later with a friend one early morning, went straight around the back of the place to where I'd seen the broken window and when we got there, there was a door wide open, we couldn't believe our luck, we called out to see if any one was in there and the coast looked clear, so in we went for a closer look.

    Inside there were lots of long corridors and rooms, it was 3 floors high and a ladder going up to the attic.
    It took us about 3 hours to cover every room, there wasn't a great deal of things in many of the rooms but just opening the door and not knowing what was on the other side was such a rush.

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    #1 Jon6d, Sep 14, 2015
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  2. Oxygen Thief

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    Nice report that, thanks. Anything notable in there from it's original use?

    £1.5 million that's on sale for.

    PS I added some more history and edited the title for you.
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  3. WelshMoocher

    WelshMoocher Hello Dave!
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    Great report, and not far from me. The place has been granted OPP for conversion to sixty-something executive appartments, saw some suited types when I went to have a look on the weekend, escorted by the local council. Still, not to be put off, this may well be my first report soon. :D
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  4. Will Knot

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    Very nice indeed....looks a decent mooch. :thumb
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