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Report - St. George's Asylum, Stafford - August 2009

Discussion in 'Asylums and Hospitals' started by ukmayhem, Sep 1, 2009.

  1. ukmayhem

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    Visited with Concentration F and Liam as part of our bank holiday midland urbex tour

    Designed by architect Joseph Potter the Staffordshire County Asylum was opened in 1818 and housed in excess of 1,000 patients. The elegant red brick façade expands over 350 metres in length overlooking the town of Stafford from an elevated vantage point on a hill.

    During the 1950's the Asylum was renamed St George's Hospital. Suicide cages were erected in the stairwells after a female patient threw herself off from the fourth floor and landed nearby reception.

    As the hospital was closed in 1995, 145 long term patients who had lived at the asylum most of their lives were re-located into the surrounding 'community'. The long abandoned hospital has been left to decay for nearly 15 years and has severely suffered at the hands of vandals.

    The derelict buildings including unique features such as the chapel and water tower have been grade II listed and in the future will house over 100 houses.

    The building is in real bad shape most of the roof is destroyed and water and fire have made the floors very dangerous.

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    #1 ukmayhem, Sep 1, 2009
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