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There has been scaffolding up here for quite some time, and it was obvious some brilliant views could be had from the top! So I set out one cold December night, found my way to bottom of the ladder, and began climbing. There was a PIR about 20 feet up, which turned out not to be connected to anything - so I carried on until I reached the turreted roof. It was a great spot to sit (when out of view) and enjoy the unique views! The church is opposite a monastery - here's a snippet of history quoted from pugin.com: "This is a Grade 1 listed building of as much historic value as The Grange next door. Despite having a private chapel in his house, Pugin built St. Augustine's for himself. It was begun in 1844, Pugin made only one plan for the building and this was where the foundations should be. From then on it grew out of a passion for the endeavour. The construction ceased from time to time since funds frequently ran out and Pugin would only use the best materials. He had stone bought from Whitby, as well as using local flint. The church was not finished at Pugin's death and the outside wall next to the road was only at waist height and approximately ten foot long. However this was completed by his eldest son Edward who was also an architect." Enjoy the photographs! Thanks for looking!
About the Site St Augustine’s Hospital (1875–1993) was a psychiatric hospital in Chartham, Kent. It was founded as the second, or East, Kent County Asylum in 1872. In 1948 the hospital became part of the National Health Service and was renamed St Augustine's Hospital. St Augustine's Hospital closed in 1993 and the site is now occupied by housing, although a few of the original hospital buildings remain. The water tower and admin areas are still standing, but have been redeveloped. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_Augusti ... ,_Chartham - Look here for a full history. http://www.flashearth.com/?lat=51.24433 ... =0&src=msa - Aerial view of derelict buildings. (Developed area with water tower and admin to the West). Three of the derelict buildings are original Victorian hospital buildings, but the fourth building was a later addition, it was used as a school, and has about a dozen classrooms and a gymnasium. The Visit Yet another place within easy driving distance that I had never got round to doing. Having perfect weather and not much to do I decided to head over to Chartham to see this place finally. Inside it was, for lack of a better word, eerie. The natural decay is quite unique here. In the hallways of one of the Victorian buildings fiber-glass insulation hangs from the rafters and every last painted wall is peeling. There is no denying it is quite trashed, but the decay really made the visit worthwhile. Anyway, hope you enjoy my first Black and White report! Photographs Thanks for looking!
visited with wevsky's girl a little history ... St Augustine’s Hospital (1875–1993) was a psychiatric hospital in Chartham, Kent. It was founded as the second, or East, Kent County Asylum in 1872. In 1948 the hospital became part of the National Health Service and was renamed St Augustine's Hospital. The hospital gained notoriety in the 1970s when it was the subject of a committee of inquiry into malpractice and mismanagement. St Augustine's Hospital closed in 1993 and the site is now occupied by housing, although a few of the original hospital buildings remain. on with the pics thanks for looking