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Report - Freedom Fields - Plymouth Archives 1999

Discussion in 'Asylums and Hospitals' started by phatmedia, Oct 10, 2008.

  1. phatmedia

    phatmedia Guest

    Freedom Fields, where most of us Janners were born up until about 1993 or 1994 I think. I took these pics around 1998, quite soon after the final closure. We even made a horror film in one of the old theatres for an art college project. Ill try and dig out the stills from that.

    Info below from http://plymouthdata.info

    'Originally opened in 1858 as the Plymouth Workhouse, it was enlarged several times and eventually became the Greenbank Infirmary in 1909. Upon the workhouse system ceasing in 1930 it became the Plymouth City Hospital.

    Being a rather distinctive building on the brow of a hill, it became an easy target for the air raids of the Second World War. Wards 6 and 7 were totally wrecked on the night of January 13th 1941, with the loss of 60 bed spaces. One 12-year-old girl was killed and five women were injured. Worse was to come during the night of March 20th, the beginning of the Plymouth Blitz. The brand new maternity block, built by Mr A N Coles and which had only been opened by Lord Astor, the Lord Mayor, on Saturday February 1st, received a direct hit, killing three nurses and fourteen babies. After that the expectant mothers were sent to Flete House.

    Shortly after the inauguration of the National Health Service in 1951 it became known as Freedom Fields Hospital. It underwent tremendous enlargement, with the addition of a new casualty department, pharmacy, sterile supply department, radiography department and intensive care unit.

    Closure commenced in January 1982 when the Renal Unit was transferred out to the new Derriford Hospital. This process went slowly, though, with Maternity Department now moving until 1994 and the last patients not leaving until February 1998. The site has now been redeveloped as affordable housing, the only remnant being the Freedom House that was added in 1909 to house the Board of Guardians.'

    There is also the old ambulance & fires station building opposite which had an amazing amount of underground rooms , I will have to dig these negs out, scan and post soon!














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  2. phatmedia

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    Here are a few pics I dug out recently from the old ambulance station across the road from the main hospital. I think part of this building is till there, these pics were taken around 7 or 8 years ago.







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