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A hospital is an institution for health care providing patient treatment by specialized staff and equipment, and often but not always providing for longer-term patient stays.

Barrow Hospital, Bristol (35mm)

To start off 2012 a trip to the local, the old favourite.  It’s been a while, 18 months or more since I last visited and nearly 4 years since the first visit.  I’ve documented just about every square inch of the site so today it was time for something different. …

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Royal Hospital For Sick Children, Bristol

The history of the Bristol Royal Hospital for Sick Children can be traced back to 1866. The building on St Michaels Hill was opened in 1885 and gained ‘Royal’ status by Queen Victoria in 1897.  By the end of the 1980’s it became apparent that the current site had become …

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Minffordd Hospital, Bangor

Minffordd Hospital is a small community hospital that closed in 2006. The hospital was built in the aftermath of the 1882 typhoid epidemic that accounted for 42 deaths around the Bangor area. The hospital had a number of isolation wards. It’s currently offered for sale as a mixed use redevelopment …

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Pool Parc Hospital, Ruthin

Second visit to this lovely old hospital.  My previous visit was only last month Originally owned by Sir Walter Bagot, the current buildings were rebuilt in the late 1820’s. It was acquired by the North Wales Counties Mental Hospital and opened in 1937 to accommodate 87 patients for relief of …

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Pool Parc Hospital, Ruthin

Originally owned by Sir Walter Bagot, the current buildings were rebuilt in the late 1820’s. It was acquired by the North Wales Counties Mental Hospital and opened in 1937 to accommodate 87 patients for relief of overcrowding at the much larger Denbigh Asylum. Its official designation was as a psychiatric …

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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 …

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Abraham Ormerod Medical Centre, Todmorden

It’s not the sort of thing I’d usually explore.  A rundown medical centre in the middle of nowhere.  But then there is a little history with this site that draws you in.   The Abraham Ormerod Medical Centre was built as a gift from the local family who ran Todmorden mills.  …

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Hanham Hall Hospital, Bristol

The site of Hanham Hall hospital dates back to the middle 17th century. Starting out as a gentry house and agricultural and industrial centre it changed ownership several times before it was sold in 1916 to the Rev. H.N. Burden, a promoter of treatment for ‘inebriates’ and mentally-ill children who …

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Barrow Hospital, Bristol

This probably was the very last visit to Barrow. Having documented the site over the past 18 months – the complete destruction of the site and fact that I think I’ve now covered every building means I’ve no real desire to visit again.

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Barrow Hosptial, Bristol

Ee’s a nutter. Ee awt a be in Barawl Gurnee. Barrow Hospital is as well known to Bristolians as Brunel, Cary Grant and Cider. While Bristol had its own ‘City Asylum’ which was constructed far earlier (Glenside Hospital, Fishponds), it’s Barrow that everyone will joke about over a pint of …

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Barrow Hosptial, Bristol

Barrow Hosptial was built in the 1930’s to release the amount of patients held at Bristol’s main asylum ‘The Glenside’  – It was originally called Barrow Mental Hospital.  Although work was completed in 1937 and the first patients admitted in 1938 it was used as a Royal Navy Hospital during …

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Barrow Hospital, Bristol

Having previously visited this former mental hospital on the outskirts of Bristol it was time for another trip or two. Visited Friday & Sunday, the later in the day which gave a much different feel to the previous dark and somewhat spooky feel. The mortuary was bare, but still quite …

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