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Report - Cambridge Military Hospital – Aldershot – Sept 2016

Discussion in 'Asylums and Hospitals' started by mockney reject, Oct 3, 2016.

  1. mockney reject

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    The history


    This has been done on here many times so I’ll be brief

    The Cambridge Military Hospital was built by Messrs Martin Wells and Co. of Aldershot.

    It was named after Prince George, Duke of Cambridge and opened on 18 July 1879.

    In the First World War the Hospital was the first base hospital to receive casualties directly from the Western Front. Cambridge Hospital was also the first place where plastic surgery was performed in the British Empire.

    After the Second World War, with the decline in importance of Britain's military commitments, civilians were admitted to the hospital. It pioneered the supply of portable operating theatres and supplies for front line duties. The hospital also contained the Army Chest Unit.

    It was closed on 2 February 1996 due to the high cost of running the old building as well as the discovery of asbestos in the walls.

    The Explore



    Having failed here a few years back and met a full on nasty security guy I never ventured back.

    But while I was in this neck of the woods recently I decided to go have a look, I went with a non-member and actually had a bit of success

    We managed to get into the main building and had a good three hours in there before exciting and meeting an ever so polite security man, who asked us to please leave as he knew we were in there and we might get in trouble. Shockingly the security guys have never seen inside, what a waste!!!

    I must admit our main aim was to get up the clock tower, but the rest of the inside was pretty cool too. I loved the old signage and notes painted on the walls. I noticed if you looked closed you could see older signs painted underneath. I can only imagine that in its heyday CMH was stunning inside and out.

    We eventually made our way to the clock tower and snapped a few pics and checked out the awesome mechanism to run all four clock faces

    Hope you like the pics


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  2. mockney reject

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  3. Camera Shy

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    Whatever happened to the morgue here, never seems to pop up on reports these days is it still there ?
     
  4. HughieD

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    Cracking report....
     
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    Thanks :thumb
     
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    Superb report, and well spotted with the signs. Tempted to visit now!
     
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    Nice to see this side again :thumb

    Quite a few duplicated pics FYI
     
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    Thanks, I was having a few hosting issues, all sorted now i think lol
     
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    Thanks

    you should do, its in the process of being made ready for conversion
     
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    Nice report mate, looks like a good one to have a look at!
     
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    interesting. i thought this one has well finished. I too would like to know if that fab mortuary is still there as thats the one bit i couldn't get into
     
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    Those signs are great, I'm sure the paint was less peeley when I was there in 2006 so I guess they had not revealed themselves!
     
  13. mockney reject

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    I was tempted to peel more off to see if the signs underneath were readable too
     
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    Great job!
    I did my apprenticeship in Aldershot between 1970 and 1974 and part of the job was to visit the hospital to test and calibrate all the scales.
    I also visited the casualty department on a number of occasions after motorbike accidents and various cuts and scrapes.
    It is a shame to see it so run down now.
     
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    Great set, love the clocks, beautiful building this one
     
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