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Lead or Rumour info - Chipping Norton and District War Memorial Hospital, Oxfordshire


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Chipping Norton and District War Memorial Hospital, Over Norton Road, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire.


The hospital closed in early 2011 and moved to a new site nearby. A second planning application (planning.westoxon.gov.uk/...APPNUMBER=13/0812/P/FP) have recently gone to the local council for the redevelopment of the site including a bit of demolition and the building of 14 new homes (the hospital was quite small).

Across the road is a bit more to the site (not currently being redeveloped) which might have been a care home along with Social Services already reported on by DragonFlame Chipping Social Services, Chipping Norton, May 2011 (28DaysLater). Also an ambulance station which has been derelict for even longer.

Social Services Car Park is still in use. Most lower windows are well boarded. Police Station is less than 100 metres walk away.

--- Another thing to note is that Penhurst School (Chipping Norton), which supported children and young people with severe disabilities has recently closed - in fact the school site is bigger than the hospital.


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--- Another thing to note is that Penhurst School (Chipping Norton), which supported children and young people with severe disabilities has recently closed -.....
I used to deliver laundry here in the 70's.There was a young lad there (about 8) with one leg shorter than the other.He would insist on helping me carry the parcels of clean in & bundles of dirty out.Sadly,I can't remember his name.I wonder where he is & what he's doing now? I hate to see these places shut down.:(

I also remember Adlestrop School nearby.This one,however was for "difficult" children.You never left the keys in the van & always took your cash bag with you! ;)


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I've been looking at this site ever since it closed; last time I checked was April this year and it's still as tight as ever. I've tried permission but with the NHS privatisation bill being passed it's unclear who owns it; I was initially told it was owned by the PCT, so I tried the NHS again and the developer and neither responded. As for the Social Services opposite, I was with DragonFlame when she did it, but it was so shit I never bothered taking any photos inside. It was really easy to get in then but all access points have been locked or nailed shut now.

On a side note, do keep an eye on it folks; it has an immaculate x-ray machine worth seeing!


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As a an update on this thread (as of October 2016) : The old War Memorial hospital is still sitting empty with no plans in the pipeline. There is, however, a pretty solid security fence around the perimeter. It would be great to see inside though. Across the road (Spring Street) from the hospital was a nursing home and social services office which has been demolished and is due to be a Premier Inn before the end of 2016. Finally, Penhurst School closed around 2013 and most of the site has now been redeveloped into apartments. There is a good history of Penhurst here

So, my friends, there appears to be a shortage of exploration opportunities in this neck of woods these days. If it's vacant, they flatten it and build on it. Until Beeching had his way in the 60's, there was a railway line running between Banbury and Kingham and there are quite a few traces of this still around, some of which are underground. But that's about it. If I stumble across any more opportunities, I will update this thread.

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