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Report - Selly Oak Hospital, Birmingham - June/November 2014

Discussion in 'Asylums and Hospitals' started by clebby, Nov 1, 2014.

  1. clebby

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    Selly Oak Hospital, Birmingham.

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    Visited a couple of times over the course of a few months with dweeb, Cat and Speed. Some history:

    Selly Oak Hospital stands less than a mile from my house, and is actually the place that got me back into exploration after a long hiatus. It took me two years to even realise it existed, and when I did finally stumble across it I was surprised no one had been inside. I decided to message a couple of the local explorers about it to see if anyone was interested, notably Permission-UK, who promptly wrote to the NHS to arrange a visit and didn't invite me.

    The hospital looks reasonably big from the road, but you don't realise quite how massive it is until you're inside. It used to be even bigger until a demolition crew moved in a few months ago, tore down a couple of shit 1970s extensions (inexplicably leaving a few others) and then cleared off again, not really sure what's going on there. Fortunately all of the original Victorian buildings remain untouched, and I imagine that these would have been the only interesting bits anyway.

    A few years ago this would have been a fairly standard explore, but sadly times have changed and compared to the hospitals of late it's actually pretty good. However the mortuary is something special, and I've no doubt that someone will have worn a gas mask in one of the body fridges and made themselves look like a bellend by the end of the week. Some pictures:

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    The grandest building on site, with a number of original features to boot. Fortunately this will be retained when the site is eventually redeveloped.

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    Beautiful staircase and mosaic floor:

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    Wards

    Unfortunately the wards themselves are fairly vanilla.

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    A few items of interest remain, however:

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    Original toilets:

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    Kitchens

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    Basements and Service Tunnels

    The tunnels follow the footprint of the corridor network. Coming off the tunnels were various basement rooms, obviously used as dumping grounds when the hospital was open:

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    Beautiful cast iron baluster with Greek capital, perhaps originally the bottom of the admin staircase?

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    Catering stores (all sorts of crazy woks and vile 70s tat to be found):

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    Dweeb got ever so excited pointing out which of the derelict hospitals on the trophy he had visited :rolleyes:

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    Pathology

    This was in a separate 1930s building and housed what is perhaps the best derelict mortuary I've ever seen. I wonder how long it will be before some 'tasteful nudes' taken on one of the slabs surface on Instagram?

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    Body hoist:

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    Body fridges (I think perhaps original to the building?) still with names on the doors:

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    Chapel of rest (note the body trolley disguised as an altar!)

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    Pathology labs:

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    Lovely Gent clocks built into the wall in each lab:

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    Thanks for looking!
     
    #1 clebby, Nov 1, 2014
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  2. Camera Shy

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    Re: Selly Oak Hospital, Birmingham - June - November 2014

    Top class that, nice place and images.
     
  3. slayaaaa

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    Re: Selly Oak Hospital, Birmingham - June - November 2014

    Well then, looks like I'm off to Birmingham :S. That Pathology looks fricking ace, cheers for sharing!
     
  4. ACID- REFLUX

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    Re: Selly Oak Hospital, Birmingham - June - November 2014

    Nice ones mate :thumb

    Here comes the Tour Bus :)
     
  5. TranKmasT

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    Re: Selly Oak Hospital, Birmingham - June - November 2014

    Absolutely. Full of win.
     
  6. wellingtonian

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    Re: Selly Oak Hospital, Birmingham - June - November 2014

    Some top stuff there as always mate.
     
  7. Oort

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    Re: Selly Oak Hospital, Birmingham - June - November 2014

    Ace report, and what a beautiful place it still is. :thumb
     
  8. Boomstick84

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    Re: Selly Oak Hospital, Birmingham - June - November 2014

    All kinds of epic there

    Top stuff! :thumb
     
  9. huey

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    Re: Selly Oak Hospital, Birmingham - June - November 2014

    Excellent as usual,nice one,am very jealous!
     
  10. ZerO81

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    Re: Selly Oak Hospital, Birmingham - June - November 2014

    This is very nice indeed, looks like its aging quite well.
     
  11. PopPunkJamie

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    Lovely stuff dude
     
  12. georgie

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    Excellent report
     
  13. norfolkexplorer

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    Nicely done. Might have to check this out some time
     
  14. DubbedNavigator

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    Very nice!
     
  15. WildBoyz

    WildBoyz Is this the future?
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    Back to the report... Nice photos mate :thumb Looks like there's plenty of stuff lying around in there to keep you occupied.
     
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