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Report - Babies Castle, Hawkhurst, Kent - Feb 2014

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  1. Ferox

    Ferox 28DL Regular User
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    Just recently joined the forum and this is my first report. Visited this place back in February and although not my first explore it was my first solo session. I seen a recent report on this place where it was said back in 2011 explorers where saying the place was dark, disgusting and eerie, well I would not disagree. Looking back on it not the best place for my first solo outing but, you live and learn. Dark and decrepit sums up the interior, was on edge pretty much all the time which made for an uneasy mooch.

    Babies Castle is suituated near Hawkhurst, a village and civil parish in the borough of Tunbridge Wells, Kent. ​
    Construction began, on a new two-storey building, built mainly of red brick, in the spring of 1886, and by July of that year had been commissioned to its appointed vocation - that of housing many of the infants to come to the care of the Barnardo's charity in the next seventy nine years. Babies Castle was formally opened on 9th August 1886, by Her Royal Highness, The Princess Mary Adelaide, Duchess of Teck who was accompanied by her daughter princess Victoria, later to become Queen Mary, wife of King George V, and patron to Dr. Barnardo’s. Queen Mary herself was to become an active patron of the charity one of many illustrious Royal ladies to do so. In 1908 Babies Castle became a mixed home for children under eight years of age. It was particularly used for babies and young children who, owing to their physical condition, were not suited for boarding out.
    On the 21st September 1927 the new extension that had been built was officially opened another outstanding event of that year was the installation of a wireless set which was used for the first time on Christmas Day when the older children listened to the Children's Service. ​
    In 1964 The Babies Castle was listed as a Nursery with 48 places which was a vast reduction from the early days. Babies Castle closed, in 1965. It has now been re-named, appropriately enough, 'Hawkhurst Castle', after the nearby village of the same name and operates as a private nursing home for the elderly, under the direction of Kent County Council. The two houses which formed the original Babies Castle were, at a later date, to become the Matron's House. They were used as administrative offices for the nursing home next door. ​

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  2. pigdog

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    Re: Babies Castle, Hawkhurst, Kent. February 2014.

    looks good
     
  3. Stacius

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    Re: Babies Castle, Hawkhurst, Kent. February 2014.

    Good looking explore there
     
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    Re: Babies Castle, Hawkhurst, Kent. February 2014.

    Nice little place and a good first report dude! Might be worth a mooch with company...? Thanks for sharing...!

    u>.<n
     
  5. Rik UE

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    Re: Babies Castle, Hawkhurst, Kent. February 2014.

    Nice first report and place does look a good explore!

    Thanks for sharing :)
     
  6. Punk

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    Re: Babies Castle, Hawkhurst, Kent. February 2014.

    Nice first report:thumb Looking forward to more:D
     
  7. Old Git

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    Re: Babies Castle, Hawkhurst, Kent. February 2014.

    Babies now gone to save anyone a wasted journey :(
     
  8. Els

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    Re: Babies Castle, Hawkhurst, Kent. February 2014.

    You mean the whole building is gone now?
     
  9. Old Git

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    Re: Babies Castle, Hawkhurst, Kent. February 2014.

    Absofuckinglutely Els as someone would say.
     
  10. Julia Hope

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    No. The original front of building appears to be there... building work continues. Local info. is that conversion to flats is underway. Pass it regularly so will keep you updated.
     
  11. Desolate

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    Totally destroyed when i last drove past - gutted :(
     
  12. Old Git

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    Told you so!
     
  13. Calamity Jane

    Calamity Jane i see beauty in the unloved, places & things
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    Totally miss this place. I have 4 albums of photos of here. This was one of my favorite locations, sad to see it gone now. I might post some photos anyway, for old times sake .

    Nice report:thumb:thumb
     
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