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Report - Whitchurch Hospital July 2016

Discussion in 'Asylums and Hospitals' started by G_EX, Jul 13, 2016.

  1. G_EX

    G_EX 28DL Full Member
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    There's been a lot of speculation over this site recently so myself and fellow member Jedd decided to pay it a visit.

    A Little History

    Whitchurch took 10 years to build at a cost of £350,000 and first opened its doors on 15th April 1908 as the Cardiff City Asylum. The main hospital building covers 5 acres (2.0 ha), designed to accommodate 750 patients across 10 wards, 5 each for men and women. Like many Victorian institutes, it was designed as a self-contained institute, with its own 150 feet (46... m) water tower atop a power house.

    Whitchurch Hospital then came under the power of the Ministry of Health and thusly the National Health Service in the 1980's. This was the time of when care in the community began and patient numbers began to decline. The hospital was finally closed to patients in April 2015. Large parts of the site are still active housing outpatient facilities and administration staff.

    The Explore

    Whitchurch Hospital is incredibly well looked after - even the sections left to abandonment and is also very well sealed, hence the lack of internal photos. A Re-Visit is definitely on the cards in a few months.

    We turned up to a surprisingly bustling main entrance, lots of car parking - with lots of cars in it. Outpatients moving around and getting to their necessary appointments along with administration staff carrying out their various tasks. We get to the far back end of the site and just as we're about to turn around and head out, we notice some boarded up windows. Bingo!

    We quickly scout the place out, no secca or signs thereof and have a little mosey around. Every possible entrance is locked up and sealed bar one; which was just an unlocked door. This place has a lot of secrets hidden inside its walls which we're determined to get into at some point, inkeeping with the rules of course.

    The surrounding gardens appear to be incredibly well kept - cut grass, trimmed and pruned hedges, bushes, the only untidy bit was the ivy growing on the side of the buildings. We make our way around and come across this large anti-climb high green fenced area with left over toys, tools, and benches - it looks as if whomever was there was picked up and removed immediately. The gate was pulled to, but open so we went inside to have a look. Basketball hoops, window boxes for plants, hazardous waste containers just laying there, untouched since the day they were dropped.

    Once we left here we carried on walking around and found a place to get inside, sadly the remaining internal doors were all locked - so that was the end of that one! Enjoy the pics!

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    Psychiatric Ward

    Not sure what this area was exactly, Odd that only 1 section was cordoned off with what appeared to be it's own courtyard. Perhaps a pysc ward for patients deemed dangerous? Modern design and installation but definitely not recent.

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    Thanks for Reading!


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  2. The lone wanderer

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    nice one! looks like all eyes are going to be on this, work keeps bringing me to wales lately so may just have a little nose myself at some point
     
  3. Bolts

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    Nice, hope to see more from here soon
     
  4. raisinwing

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    Nice, trip to South Wales is in order.
     
  5. Oxygen Thief

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    You've just burned the site for internals of one room.
     
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  6. hamtagger

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    Unburn it ;)
     
  7. Session9

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    Looks a good un, good work!
     
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