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 WW2 before reverting back to its intentional use in 1948. It’s famous for being called the dirtiest hospital in the UK, after this story the hospital was rapidly closed and the last remaining patients were moved during the end of 2005.
I have visited this site many times but in the past 4-5 months the place has rapidly been attacked by lead & copper thefts who’ve turned a pretty untouched site into a bit of mess.
The purpose of today’s visit was to visit Brockley House. This housed up to 20 ‘secure’ patients and was the only ward on the site not to be built during the initial construction work. The ward could have been no less then 5-10 years old when the hospital was closed.