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Everything posted by Urbexbandoned

  1. That's stunning! The exterior is nice and never expected to see that lovely dome area. Really nice. I'm liking all the curves to this place and the tiles are nice! Nice bit of history too, was interesting to read
  2. Really nice, I like those detailed shots. That bath tub is nice as well. The place is amazing, lovely set of pics
  3. That's a bit nice! Loving the second shot some really nice architecture and the decay is nice too quite a bit left too, nice work!
  4. History Costing £350,000 and ten years to build, the Cardiff City Asylum opened on 15 April 1908. The main hospital building covered 5 acres (2.0 ha), designed to accommodate 750 patients across 10 wards, 5 each for men and women. Like many Victorian institutes, it was designed as a self-contained institute, with its own 150 feet (46 m) water tower atop a power house containing two Belliss and Morcom steam engine powered electric generator sets, which were only removed from standby in the mid-1980s. The site also contained a farm, which provided both food supplies and therapeutic work for the patients. The first medical superintendent was Dr Edwin Goodhall, whose then advanced approaches and therapies resulted in the hospital acquiring a reputation at the forefront of mental health care. Patients were also encouraged to take work and supervised tours outside the institute. During World War I, the facility was called the Welsh Metropolitan War Hospital. During World War II, part of the hospital was turned over to the military, becoming the largest emergency service hospital in South Wales, treating British, US Army and German personnel. 200 beds were retained for civilian use, which enabled early treatment of post traumatic stress disorder of military patients. On 5 July 1948, the hospital was taken over by the Ministry of Health as the National Health Service came into existence. It continued to be used through to the mid-1980s, when care in the community began to reduce the number of resident patients. The decision was made to close the hospital as it was no longer deemed suitable for patients. Closure of the hospital is today, 29th April 2016. The Explore As always, explored with my better half @hamtagger . This place had become a little bit of a fixation to us. Knowing as most of you probably did that closure was imminent we decided to pay it a visit. The hospital recently had an exhibition showing the history of Whitchurch and it had finished a week before our visit, only downfall is we would have got to see the hall but where is the fun in being allowed in somwhere! This place had 10 wards, they are huge wards, built on 2 floors. When we visited only 2 of those wards were in use on the East side and they were the secure unit which were moved to the new Llandough Hospital earlier this week. 90% of the site is disused. On site there is a funeral home and a hospice both of which are still and will still remain active now that the hospital has closed. The whole site is pretty vast, the corridors are long and echoey, we never saw a single person while walking around the main sections. The wards were all closed and padlocked off inside but this didn't really bother us too much. We just enjoyed sneaking round capturing it like it is now. HT said to me wouldnt it be nice to look back on these pics in years to come and see what it did look like. A severalls in the making if nothing happens with it. As you can see not a lot was accessible but it wil give you an idea of what it is like. Parts of it reminded me of Goodmayes Asylum in Essex, it had that feel to it. Especially with working lights and the colour of red on the windows and doors. The place hadn't been looked after which was a shame really. Decay had allready started. Some corridors were closed off due to colapsing ceilings. The water tower was locked off because of Aspestos. Reading a story online, millions had been spent renovating one of the concrete rings on one side of the tower only a few years ago. The building is beautiful. Red brick with a single line of yellow brick right through the middle. The grounds are just as nice, old flowerbeds now overgrown but still spring flowers coming through. On our way out we were met by Security at the main desk, we explained to him that we were just looking at the buildings. Luckily we were on our way out and he told us that he didn't mind us taking externals so there was our chance to walk around the whole site externally. I got chatting to him and asked him about his job. He explained that he had started working for the gardens when he was 17 as a stopgap before he found something else to do, 44 years later he is still there. I could see the bond he had with this building with the closure ahead. He was emotionally attached to it, you could see the sadness in his eyes when he talked about it. He talked to us about the cannabis factory that was found a few years back in one of the derelict wards. He laughed when he said that staff thought he was behind it. All in all really nice to speak to him, someone with knowledge. So really a maze of corridors to see and a lot locked down, this place has a mortuary but I am led to believe that it's 50/50 as to wether there is a slab inside it still. I am told that it is stored for gas bottles. The main hall is amazing but I only got to see it through cracks in the doors. Currently being used for storage of medical records and equiptment it was heavily locked. Whitchurch has a lot more to offer but for us its a waiting game until it becomes more accessible inside. In particular I loved the Matron's door. This place had a lot of original features left and this was one of them. Anyway enough of my waffle, I am sure that many of you will vsit this place in time. On with the pics Externals An aerial view of the whole site, arrow plan. 1 : The Main entrance 2 : The Pavillions had seen better days 3 : Westside, Innit bruv! 4 : One of the smaller villa's on site, more recently being used for admin 5 : One of the secure Units for the higher risk patients 6 : 7 : East Side 8 : Some more of the East side 9 : The external of the curved corridor 10 : 11 : The Internals 12 : 13 : 14 : 15 : 16 : 17 : The corridor Kink 18 : A bit of artwork from a former patient 19 : 20 : The corridor which led you to the Mortuary & Tower, sadly closed off 21 : Sad times for Whitchurch 22 : The main entrance 23 : A little history from when it was a military hospital Thanks for looking!
  5. I like your Haslar pic, I have one similar but it has my feet in it haha
  6. Such a shame. Just looks like they left for the day and never returned and then got ransacked. Some really nice detailed pics too, I like those door shots. Looks like it would have been a really nice place in its day
  7. Some nice pics, sad they are just left like that especially after being part of a museum. Thanks for sharing
  8. What a lovely, lovely building. Then they fill it with all of that gash furniture! Some if looks way too modern for the decor and gives it that garish feel. Looks very grand and imposing, Some really nice ironwork on that bannister and nice period features, Im trying to work out if the woodwork is original or not in some areas. Really nice Andy!
  9. I am a big fan of a dial as some of you might know.. Here's a few of mine
  10. What a great intro to the forum eh.. Nice! This place is amazing. I love love love that first internal shot. Architecture is stunning all around. Really impressive
  11. As delapidated as this place is, it is one of the most photogenic places I have been to. Nice to see it pop up again
  12. I saw this title and thought nah Im not clicking. Here I am! Stupid is as stupid does I guess... My sister made me watch a film when I was 10 called Dolls. It gave me nightmares for years and I could never look at a doll the same since, even now. Its their eyes, they follow you everywhere! Your number 6 picture has now imprinted on my brain. I do like the clown one though That said, your pics are great and I would probably visit the place myself given the chance despite the nightmares. Great work
  13. I reckon there is some pretty cool history to that place. I found it quite interesting looking through your pics. What are those blue things, bath tubs? They look pretty short. Maybe some sort of washing machine? Pretty cool none the less. Nice work
  14. Thats awesome, so much to see too! The level of peeliness is just up my street, colours are really starting to come out too. Really like the class shot and the one of the little med room. Like that a lot
  15. Really like that, especially those tiles. I particuarly like the green ones Very clean and looks like they are starting to dismantle with some of the bump strips and skirting boards gone from areas. Id visit that Nice shots, clear and crisp
  16. Lovely to see you back here Michelle, this place is amazing! I'm loving those bath tub shots especially the detailed one. You've come back with a bang
  17. That's real nice! Really like those sinks and what an impressive building exterior wise. Hall is awesome
  18. That's cool, some nice bits in there too well worth seeing
  19. That's a pretty cool find, everything looks new. Your pics are pretty cool. I'd like to know a bit about this place?
  20. It seem like the weather has really got to one side of this. That staircase is nice thanks for sharing.
  21. That's different, had to laugh when you mentioned your leg sinking. The Chinese gardens look quite nice
  22. Some nice little lanterns/lights
  23. Probably one of the best reports on hospitals/asylums I've seen for a while! Nice to see another person made it in to the Lawn and Rossylnee is always nice as it doesn't crop up too often. Fairfield I'd be interested in seeing inside if you have any pics as this was down the road from where I grew up. thats some proper history there with many now no longer standing or converted. I like this, a lot!