Report - Blackburn Royal Infirmary - Lancashire - June 2014

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Will Knot

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Regular User
May 29, 2013
Preston, Lancs
The Explore...........

A Friday evening adventure with a non member :thumb This had been on the cards for a little while and took the opportunity for a quick nosey round the place while the weather outside was raining and not too many onlookers from the roadside. :)

A Bit of History.........

William Pilkington became Blackburn's fifth mayor in November, 1856, an honour he acknowledged by announcing his intention to create an infirmary, a project he inaugurated with a £2,000 donation towards the building fund together with an endowment of £100 a year. The foundation stone of the Blackburn Infirmary was laid in May 1858 and the building completed six years later.

The Infirmary opened up in 1864 with a patient capacity of 32 beds and staff to deal with a total of 516 admissions and out patients.

On the 21st of April 1914 by a decree of King George V, the word RoyalÂ￾ was officially added to the title, it was, in future to be known as The Blackburn and East Lancashire Royal Infirmary.

By July 2006 most of the services had moved to the new Hospital, which was to retain its Royal status and be known as The Royal Blackburn HospitalÂ￾ the building was officially opened on 8th July 2006.

The site of the Infirmary was sold to Barratt Homes, who got planning permission to build 253 homes on the site, at first it was thought that much of the old part of the Infirmary would be retained and turned into apartments but an Heritage Assessment deemed that the early buildings had been so much altered and built upon resulting in a loss of both external and internal detail that they do not warrant retention in any future development scheme.Â￾

The War Memorial Wing of the infirmary, built soon after the First World War, was the only part of the hospital left standing when the rest of the building was razed to the ground to make way for housing.

The remaining buildings of the former Blackburn Royal Infirmary could make way for a care home for the elderly. Leeds-based Ideal Care Homes wants to demolish the building and replace it with a three-storey, 64-bed care home with car parking and landscaping.

On with the pics..........:D



















I hope you enjoyed the report.....I Will Knot ;)


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