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Report - Selly Oak Hospital, Birmingham - June 2014 - Oct 2016

Discussion in 'Asylums and Hospitals' started by Six, Oct 2, 2016.

  1. Six

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    History: "The original workhouse buildings on the site were replaced in 1872 by a new, much larger Workhouse. It was built to accommodate 200 pauper inmates. Central supervision by the Poor Law Commissioners in London ensured that all workhouses were administered similarly by a set of rules and regulations. How humanely these were interpreted depended entirely upon each local board of Poor Law Guardians, who were local worthies. They were elected annually and gave their services voluntarily.
    A separate infirmary was built in 1897 at a cost of £52,000. It was the subject of much heated debate as the original estimate had been £18,000. It was a light, clean and practical building, and generally a source of much pride. The Guardians took great care and gathered information from other infirmaries to ensure that the final design, put out to a competition and won by Mr. Daniel Arkell, was up-to-date and modern.
    The Infirmary accommodated about 250 patients in eight Nightingale wards and smaller side wards and rooms. There was also provision for maternity cases. Between the two main pavilions were a central administration block, kitchens, a laundry, a water tower, doctors’ rooms and a telephone exchange. There was no operating theatre or mortuary and, in the workhouse tradition, the internal walls were not plastered, painted brick being considered good enough for the sick paupers. The workhouse and infirmary were separated by a high dividing wall and were run as separate establishments.
    The population of the King’s Norton Union increased dramatically, and in 1907 extensions to the infirmary and the workhouse made provision for the growing numbers of poor people. This doubled the size of the main hospital building. The Woodlands Nurses’ Home was built at the same time to accommodate forty nurses. A small operating room was added to the infirmary. In 1911, King’s Norton – no longer a rural area – left Worcestershire and became part of the City of Birmingham. The Birmingham Union was formed from the unions of King’s Norton, Aston and Birmingham. The King’s Norton Workhouse Infirmary was renamed Selly Oak Hospital."


    Closed in 2011

    Explore(s): I first stepped foot in Selly Oak with Clebby back in June 2014, after about an hour of us fumbling around and trying to avoid security who were rampant at the time we eventually figured out access (which at the time consisted of crawling through some very small service tunnels). We went back the next day with Dweeb to find that security had blocked up our tunnel entrance but had failed to block the entrance next to it. Ha.
    Various trips have happened since with parts opening up that we previously couldn't access and as Security have gradually moved their "base" around the site, we've followed them to all the parts they previously inhabited.
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    Some externals;

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    The tower is currently surrounded by rubble...
     

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    Nice one. Glad to see it's still giving.
     
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