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Report - Hales and Heckingham institution. Norfolk. December 2013

Discussion in 'Other Sites' started by Little bear, Jan 1, 2014.

  1. Little bear

    Little bear 28DL Full Member
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    This was my 1st explore with my new compact camera. I visited here with my dad and one of his friends. There was lots of brick rubble everywhere. All the windows had been taken out and inside a lot of walls had been smashed down. We went to the boiler house to start of with, then we went walking through to the main building. My dads friend wanted to go staright to the lift. So once we got there, we noticed that there was people living in a room right next to it... We decided that it would be best to leave before we upset anybody. We were shocked at how much they have ripped down, also there was some very deep trenches all around the place that had been recently dug...

    All in it was a great day out, even though it was cold windy and started to rain as we left

    History by ADAM X
    A brief history:

    Hales Hospital was built by John Harris of Ipswich in 1764 as a workhouse, the Heckingham House of Industry, for up to 400 inmates at Hales. The large H-shaped building contained 83 "apartments" and included an infirmary and a house of correction. In 1766, a pest house for up to 20 "persons afflicted with the small pox or other infectious disorders" was erected at the east of the workhouse.

    By 1835, the Heckingham workhouse housed 450 paupers and had gained a reputation as being the most disorderly, inefficient and corrupt of the Norfolk Hundred workhouses. In 1836, however, a group of male inmates rioted and pulled down one of the new walls and in April of the same year the workhouse was set on fire.

    In 1933 the Norfolk County Council purchased the property for use as accommodation for 120 female and 56 male patients, in compliance with the Mental Deficiency Act of 1927 which required institutional care for “mental defectives”. For the following 20 years it was known as the Heckingham Institution, changing its name in 1953 to Hales Hospital until it finally closed in 1990.













    #1 Little bear, Jan 1, 2014
    Last edited: Jan 2, 2014

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