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Great Britain Castle Morgue, Kent, May/August 2019

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St Bart's Morgue
The Grade 2 listed structure which is built to the design of a castle houses the mortuary for the former St Bartholomew's Hospital.

The hospital itself dates back to 1078 and has over 900 years of history, after closing in 2016 following another relocation.
Like most mortuary's there is very little history to be found as most people focus more on the hospitals than the morgues individually.

The hospital this morgue is situated along with was opened in 1863 close to the old site with a £4,000 grant from the Richard Watts charity.

In 1923 a Friend's of the Bartholomew's hospital was founded they provided funds to the hospital which allowed for two new operating theatres, a modern pathology laboratory as well as wards.

The hospital was volunteer run until 1948, when the NHS was founded and took over, after initially relying on a £1000 yearly grant from the charity.

Documentation of this mortuary has been hard to find and most seem unaware what the white castle like structure is, therefore i can only assume the small area attached would be the pathological department.

The Explores
On the first visit we had been rushed for time and missed a lot of what i wanted to see and there fore the image quality lacks but thankfully, i gave us an idea on how to get back in.

Later in the month we came back to find the entry had been sealed.

Then in mid July it was said demolition had begun this would be our last chance, so we planned a day of other locations and went for it.

Things started smoothly with a delightful chase from the police followed by a section one search and a moaning at by the armed response unit. We then got our selves on the train and headed off here, hopefully without getting detained again.

We then found ourselves standing, looking at the castle like structure. Unfortunately on all visits I had forgotten to take any externals of the building.

The Photos
The First Visit.

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The Third visit.

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Anyway that'll be all.
 

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Awesome photos mate! Very atmospheric indeed. Sadly; this year has been so slow for me. The more hobbies I get, the less exploring I seem to do! You went this morning I take it?
 
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Awesome photos mate! Very atmospheric indeed. Sadly; this year has been so slow for me. The more hobbies I get, the less exploring I seem to do! You went this morning I take it?
Did this over a week ago, had a few people go recently and from the photos from inside the main hospital it has very little time left.
 

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Nice one for getting in, this one can be a bit hit and miss. I've been lucky both times I've visited it's been accessible. Great shots, thank you for sharing :)
 

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Nice little place isn't it, a rarity for Kent. I'm not sure who decided joint body viewings are a thing haha but that slab despite it's lack of porcelain feels nice on one's bare cheeks too :)
 
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Nice one for getting in, this one can be a bit hit and miss. I've been lucky both times I've visited it's been accessible. Great shots, thank you for sharing :)
Yeah we learnt the same way. Thankfully I managed to get in on the third attempt, allowed me to test the new tripod out. Thanks!
 
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Nice little place isn't it, a rarity for Kent. I'm not sure who decided joint body viewings are a thing haha but that slab despite it's lack of porcelain feels nice on one's bare cheeks too :)
As far as i'm aware the chapel is entirely staged and it took me a while to re-arrange some bits to fit in frame. It's definitely an unusual one, albeit there are more morgues the further south you go.
 

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As far as i'm aware the chapel is entirely staged and it took me a while to re-arrange some bits to fit in frame. It's definitely an unusual one, albeit there are more morgues the further south you go.
I had to laugh at the pillows. They must have been dead comfy.
 

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Nice that, When we went we were all to hungover to do anything other than spin each other around on the slab so see who we could make feel sick the most.
 
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