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Report - Stone House Hospital, Dartford - May 2010



Maniac

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Visited here in early May with Frosty.

History 'borrowed' from wikipedia. . . .

Stone House Hospital, formerly the City of London Lunatic Asylum, was a hospital and former mental illness treatment facility in Stone, near Dartford, Kent, in the United Kingdom. As of November, 2007 the hospital has been closed, and bids have been taken for its redevelopment to house luxury flats.

Stone House was originally constructed between 1862 and 1866 at the behest of the London Commissioners in Lunacy to provide for pauper lunatics from the London area at a cost of £65,000. The buildings were designed in a Gothic brick style by James Bunstone Bunning, and the facility accommodated 220 patients. The asylum grounds, at first 33 acres (130,000 m2) and later expanded to 140 acres (0.57 km2), included a working farm. Additions to the original buildings were made in 1874, 1878, and 1885, including an expanded female wing and a separate hospital building for patients with infectious diseases.

The first medical superintendent of the Asylum was Dr. Octavius Jepson, who served from the opening of the facility through 1887; on his death twelve years later, he was buried in the asylum's cemetery. He was succeeded by Dr. Ernest White, who served until his retirement in 1904. The third superintendent was Dr. Robert Hunter Steen, who was in turn succeeded in 1924 by Dr. William Robinson. Robinson retired in 1942, but due to wartime staff shortages his permanent replacement, Dr. Hardwick, was not appointed until 1946; on the takeover by NHS his new title became Physician Superintendent, which brought additional powers and responsibilities. He was succeeded upon his retirement in 1959 by Dr. Cates (1959-1963), who was the last to hold the title, as the NHS decided to delegate day-to-day operations to a chief Consulting Psychiatrist.

After 1892, the asylum was able to take "private" patients (patients whose fees were paid by their families, or from pensions). The influx of private patients resulted in a budget surplus, and enabled expansion and improvements of the asylum's facilities. In 1924 the facility was renamed the City of London Mental Hospital, and in 1948 it was taken over by the new National Health Service and became known as Stone House Hospital. A 1998 assessment by Thames Healthcare suggested that the hospital was not suited for modern healthcare; plans for the hospital's closure were initiated in 2003 by West Kent NHS.
This was quite an explore, as this building is not the easiest place to explore, but it was well worth it. :)

Before visiting the main Hospital building, we first found the boiler house.
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And then found ourselves inside a smaller seperate building, maybe an accute ward or simelar? Not much to photograph in there really.
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Then we explored the main Hospital building. It's in damn good shape after several years of closure.

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After a few wards and corridors, we found the first of two large halls.
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There's a marble plaque at each end, one with the names of all the people involved in the origenal building of the place
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And a second with the names of all the people involved with the improvement and expansion work that took place some years later.
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Along the walkway at the top.
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And then the second hall which was upstairs above the first - quite how they got those pianos up there I'll never know.
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With fully functional stage
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Padded room, although this wasn't origenal I don't think - the room's been used for something since it's closure I think.
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Thanks for looking!

Maniac.
 
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