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Report - St Johns Hospital Essex - 27/12/10

Discussion in 'Asylums and Hospitals' started by Happyshopper, Jan 11, 2011.

  1. Happyshopper

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    My cousin said on Boxing Day did we all want to go exploring round a hospital that's just round the corner from where I grew up, and in our mildly state drunken myself and my brother and a couple of others all agreed that it would be an excellent idea to go exploring early the next mildly hungover morning.

    St Johns Hospital is not news to you guys, so I'll keep the history brief. I believe the original buildings date back to around the 1830s, and newer buildings have been erected more recently (some permenant, some little more than demountables) until in 2007 the site was sold for redevelopment and gradually the remaining departments were relocated to another local hospital.

    On 18th November the site was finally closed for good, although in the new buildings there is/are still security guard(s) and presumably some workmen around the place for whatever reason.

    All these photos were taken on my entry level Nikon D3000 with the kit lens, natural light and no tripod. Thankfully there was usually enough ambient light around to get away with leaning on things.

    Almost all of the rooms in these buildings have en suites in pretty much the same condition, these were common sights:

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    There was "evidence of pigeons" everywhere. We decided not to risk this and went up the next staircase...

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    Watch your heads.


    Judging by the signage, curtains and tiles I'd say these buildings were probably used up until the 80s, but haven't actually done any research!

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    Occasionally there were ingeniously designed diagonal windows, which deserved a photo I thought.


    The *dangerous* staircase from another angle revealed the old fuseboxes splattered with... something. mmm... These old buildings also feature such architectural gems as wonky corridors, although I can't confirm that these are as deliberate as the earlier windows.

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    We left the older buildings and tried to find our way into the newer, more recently abandoned buildings. The tallest building we could not get into, but we did find our way up the fire exit and onto the roof so here are the older buildings from above.


    You can also gain entry pretty easily to the new single storey buildings with the childrens ward, xray and gynacological dept's, and so on. I'm not as interested in modern buildings and my battery was kind of low at this point so excuse the lack of photos. The only ones of note are in the Xray Dept:

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    All the power is still on in these buildings, and most if not all of the wall-mounted light boxes work if you fancy trying them. Also, miniature GLADOS.


    That's about it. I want to go back an explore the Boiler Room but we ran out of time, so that's next on the Essex list! My new 8mm Fisheye lens will have arrived by then too, so I can get arty ;)
    #1 Happyshopper, Jan 11, 2011
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