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Birch Hill Hospital June and Aug 2015

Judderman62

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So onwards and upwards with the Letter B. Judderman productions today

brings you Birch Hill Hospital. Couple of visits - one solo and one with
the man some call ..... Zero81.
It was originally designed by George Woodhouse and Edward Potts as a 
workhouse. It was intended to accommodate 632 inmates. However, by its 
eventual opening in November 1877, various extensions had increased
 the capacity to 847, to include accommodation for 29 officers which 
increased the total cost of the buildings and land to £85,000. 

The building was officially opened by the then Mayor of Rochdale, 
Alderman T Schofield on Wednesday 19 December 1877. 

In 1930, control of the site was passed on to Rochdale County Borough with
 the hospital being run by the Health Committee.

The inauguration of the National Health Service in 1948 meant the site
 became a single hospital known as Birch Hill. It was run by Rochdale 
Healthcare NHS until its closure in January of 2013.

All but two buildings had been demolished by the time of our visits.

On with the Images.

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Thanks for looking.



 
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Some nice pics there mate (y)  I love the old main building with the clocktower. Some nice internal shots too, Nice corridor shots. The clockface is beautiful. 

I had to look twice and check if Durex were now making bricks hahaha! 

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Nice old place that. I do like those brick clock towers, so imposing but full of character. 

 

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Nice report! I like the look of the main hall and tower :D any idea on the current state? 

 

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Thanks all. Aye the clocktower is defo a bit special.

@ Raz - I doin't , I haven't been past it recently.

 

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Nice ones  (y)

Never did make it here for some reason  :confused:  Had expected it all to be converted by now.

 

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Really nice pics that tower is awesome. Nice looking building also. Had a pop at this a while back but unfortunately to much work on site lol. @ACID-REFLUX its still there if i Remember correctly not sure how much but maybe one day will pass by and see. Thx for report and pics 

 

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Yes it changes quite a bit. I got in easily in June, next time we tried we didn't get in, then in August we did. There's also a gate at the front where the boarding is and sometimes it's left open so it's eady in once on site and other times it's closed and locked.

 

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Bloody nice that internal of the clocktower mate :)

Some really nice features in this place still to be seen, cheers for posting (y)

 

Andy

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The clocktower is the architectural highlight, very nice set.

 
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