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Barrow Hospital, Bristol

A return to the first real site I explored. Barrow Hospital opened in the late 1930s as an expansion to the overcrowded Bristol City Asylum, Glenside – It closed quietly in 2006 after being dammed in 2005 for the now infamous ‘dirtiest hospital’ in the country tag. It’s been well over a year since my previous visit and many more buildings have been demolished. Bats continue to hamper the full demolition of the site although I still question how professionally the demolition is being carried out as there seems to be more mess and rubble around the site than ever before.

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19 comments

  1. Pauline Masters

    Mmmmm, found these pics of decaying Barrow Hospital interesting. I trained there as a student nurse 1970-1973 and lived in the nurses home. We used ‘smuggle’ guys in at night and out in the morning! As a mental hospital it was a lot better than some available.
    Sad in someways that it has gone.

  2. Ok, sorry Tumbles. I’m new to this & was just trying to go about it the right way. I get it now. Thanks 🙂 Shame it’s been demolished now :/ I’m obsessed with places like this!
    I don’t know what ‘different ip range’ means, let alone do it! lol

  3. There isn’t a key holder, the site is demolished and owned by a housing company. Nice try, but a tip – post on a different IP range next time..

  4. Hi,
    What a fascinating website!

    I am interested in contacting the keyholder of Barrow Hospital. Jake Hawkins I believe. I would like to know a little more about the Hospital.

    If anybody could help I would be very grateful, thankyou.

  5. If anyone’s interested, my new novel, After Phoenix, is partly set at Barrow Hospital. I grew up there in the 1970s, my dad worked there.
    http://martinemcdonagh.com/reviews/

  6. Very Interesting. I visited last year, found it by asking at local pub. Went through gap beside side entrance, walked down one main path, to find a lot of demolition… came back up and across to another path and many old buildings still standing. It is sad that the tiles have been taken and the place was never considered a worthwhile building of some other use……the surrounding woodlands are beautiful.
    Why did I visit? I found out last year that my father had been hospitalized several times during WWII. He was an RNVR officer in the Atlantic, and having seen movies and read books of the horrific storms that would almost drown the small convoy vessels he was on, I can well understand his mental breakdowns. He did tell us the “Asdic ping” was frightening to listen to, because if it bounced back it meant that they had made contact with a sub.
    The Cruel Sea is a film and book that tells it like it was…….only times harsher.
    My father lived until he was 92 leaving a legacy of photos taken during his life in the RNVR.
    I took many photos of the outside of the hospital, I really felt I should not venture inside.. just a weird feeling around the place.

  7. It maybe explorers names on the blackboard, its common in many sites.

  8. we went there the other day…alot has been knocked down, but alot of the kids from the village go there and write there name on the blackboard..

  9. I went here two weeks ago -ish.
    Alot has been demolished. But woodside and the OT buildings are still open.
    Didn’t manage to get caught, but we did see security driving around checking if anyone was there.
    Was really amazing to go see it in real life (:

  10. mairead mcloughlin

    Hi Mr T

    I was just wondering if you had a pics of stoke park Dower house when it was an insustaition/asylum when all the clients moved out in 1995?

    And did you manage to get any photos of filwood swimming pool b4 it was flattened?
    or bristol north baths

    Love your work it’s great love the hosptial ones etc

  11. Thank you for providing the pics. My flatmate was here in 99 – didn’t realise it had shut down. Seems like they all do. I’ve played and sung at various mental hospitals etc, and am now training as a counsellor. Both professions make me really concerned about the people who are now supposed to function by themselves without such places.

    Sorry to go on a rant, but care in the community doesn’t work: half the time the community doesn’t care, and the other half, it can’t cope. I’m not into having people banged up for no reason, but I know far too many people who have serious problems but aren’t actually violent or a danger to anyone other than themselves, and they just end up left alone, isolated, and without any follow-up treatment.

    Barrow was actually pretty good when it was open. I was allowed to take my flatmate’s dog into the grounds for him to see, and there’s no doubt she helped in his recovery. I don’t reckon he actually *liked* it there, but it beats being left to rot.

  12. Nearly all demolished, maybe you’ve not got the jist of my website.. you don’t ‘ask’ you just ‘do’ these places. 99 times out of 100 you’ll get told to get lost if you ask to go in. Health & Safety for starters.

  13. Hey guys does anyone know who to contact for this place. I’m wanting to use it as a film location and would be grateful for any contact details you could throw my way. Thanks

  14. One last visit old friend….?!

  15. Well not the front gate and don’t get seen is the general gist.

  16. Hi, what’s the best way to get in and how to you get away from the security?

  17. This is my website.

    There is security, yes.

  18. A. Your photography is awesome. Do you have a website?
    B. Did you encounter much in the way of security? I am going on Sunday and want to know the best way in.

  19. Brilliant photos.

    Before it closed I transported a few patient to Barrow Hospital. One was terrified to be going back and one was very happy to!

    I’ve always wondered, considering the land is not good for anything else due to access, that instead of shutting the place down they should have cleaned it and redeveloped the site as opposed to building Callington Rd Hospital. Just a thought…

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