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Report - The Towers Hospital, Leicester May 2013

Discussion in 'Asylums and Hospitals' started by Eromitrom, May 21, 2013.

  1. Eromitrom

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    Today I spontaneously explored the towers building. First off I never thought I'd ever be brave enough to check out hospitals but I surprised myself. I checked this building out with jacquesj so keep an eye out for more photos from him. The first half of the building that was very easy to get into it is called the Daisy Peake Building. So many doors were locked and if we managed to get up some stairs all the doors leading to upstairs were locked. The Daisy Peake part was very clean and un vandalized. As we went through the building we found kept reaching doors that had been locked up highly with chunky padlocks and disk like things at the top of the doors, we could see through the door and it was a completely different atmosphere past these doors, it reminded me of silent hill :) the paint was peeling, there were hospital beds... it looked abandoned unlike the rest of the Daisy peake we were in. We also checked out other parts of the building.

    "The hospital opened in September 1869 as Leicester Borough Lunatic Asylum, though its name was changed to mental hospital in 1912 and Towers Hospital early in 1947.
    "We know the site has had a rich history. In the late 1920s, for example, there were 38 ex-servicemen among the 944 patients.
    "By the 1940s, numbers had climbed above 1,200 and, at the outbreak of the Second World War, overcrowding was made worse when three of the villas on the site were evacuated to make space for a wartime emergency hospital.
    "One of the site's most significant historical emblems is a wartime role of honour plaque, which is one of the physical symbols of the past we want to preserve."
    The trust is appealing to anyone who has photographs, record books or other memorabilia they would be happy to share that could be displayed permanently or as part of a virtual museum.
    There are plans to show the collection at a celebration on the site in the summer to mark the end of mental health service provision at the Gypsy Lane hospital.
    Mr Lusk said: "We now provide a range of health and wellbeing services for a population of about a million across Leicestershire and Rutland.
    "The Towers is no longer fit for purpose and we are moving services into the 21st century. The sale of the site is helping us to generate the funding essential to achieve that.
    "But in moving off the site we want to ensure we preserve its historical significance.
    "Our project team is also keen to hear from former patients, staff or others who have stories they would be happy to share with us on tape so we can capture some of the social history associated with the site."


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