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Royal Hospital Haslar, Gosport Feb 2016

Vulex

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Big Big thanks to @TheVampiricSquid for being the hero he was and giving us the grand tour!

So @Ferox and myself drove down to Portsmouth for Haslar on the satuday, so we could get a good start on the Sunday. We tried a few derps on the long drive, a few fails and a few successes. But it didnt matter.... we were here for Haslar, and it didnt disappoint.

We got there early doors at 6am, met @TheVampiricSquid and a none member and got in with haste. It wasnt long until Secca was on our trail. Literally all four of us laying on a flat roof while security stood a 2 meters below shining a torch up at us. Lucky for us he didnt see us. Well after 5 mins he buggered off and we continued our entrance. probably 15 mins later we were in, in the most exciting way ive done yet (sorry manchester arches.) 

It was a nice surprise to meet @CuriosityKilledTheCat for the last 1/4 of our explore, its a shame her friends failed to get in.

All photos were taken on a Nikon D3300 with a 35mm lens.

History (straight from wiki)

The Royal Hospital Haslar was designed by Theodore Jacobsen and built between 1746 and 1761. The site opened as a Royal Navyhospital in 1753. It has had a very long and distinguished history in the medical care of service personnel both in peacetime and in war since that time, treating many tens of thousands of patients.

Haslar was the biggest hospital – and the largest brick building – in England when it was constructed. Dr James Lind (1716–1794), a leading physician at Haslar from 1758 till 1785, played a major part in discovering a cure for scurvy, not least through his pioneering use of a double blind methodology with Vitamin C supplements (limes). The hospital included an asylum for sailors with psychiatric disorders, and an early superintending psychiatrist was the phrenologist, Dr James Scott (1785–1859), a member of the influentialEdinburgh Phrenological Society.

In 1902 the hospital became known as the Royal Naval Hospital Haslar (abbreviated to RNH Haslar).

In the 1940s, RNH Haslar set up the country's first blood bank to treat wounded soldiers from the Second World War.

In 1966, the remit of the hospital expanded to serve all three services – the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force, after which time, it became known as the Royal Military Hospital Haslar.

In 1996 the hospital again became known as the Royal Hospital Haslar.

In 2001, the provision of acute healthcare within Royal Hospital Haslar was transferred from the Defence Secondary Care Agency to the NHS Trust. The Royal Hospital was the last MOD-owned acute hospital in the UK. The decision to end the provision of bespoke hospital care for Service personnel was taken prior to the UK's expeditionary campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan, but was nevertheless followed through, largely on the grounds of cost. The change from military control to the NHS, and the complete closure of the hospital have remained the subject of considerable local controversy.

The hospital formally closed in 2009 and the site has since started to be redeveloped.

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Nice set there  (y)  Love this place! And was good to meet you for the brief time I was there, like that one of the pool table, and number 11 :)  

Got to see a few bits I missed last time too, despite my other mates getting caught, so worth the hassle getting in! (cheers Jack) 

 

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Nice pics, good to hear that you had a successful day too (y)  Like the test tube pics :)

Any update on the work that has started here? It was scheduled for it when I visited but nothing had started as of yet except the Admiral's houses being converted for private sale. They were up for sale when I last went. 

:comp  

 

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@Urbexbandoned

for ease of exit we kind of got caught on purpose by secca. He said the work is due to start next week. There were some JCB's Parked there. And some of the houses have residents now, I saw one walking his dog. 

 

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Security told me they were starting work next week in 2014 so I wouldn't necessarily pay any attention to that. Also the diggers have been on site for about a year. Some nice pics there, especially the close up shots. Need to get me one of them 35mms

 

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i love that 35mm. The only time it lets me down is the staircase shots and wide rooms. But I can't afford a wide angle. So it will do for now. 

Also bokeh <3

 

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Really nice pics m8ty and some awesome exploring. Sounds like a proper good time you had. And with Mr tweet tweet himself @TheVampiricSquid ears are burning now lmao. Anyway good stuff looks awesome. Even better now your camera sorted gratz m8ty.

 
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Yes mate  (y) Cracking report there bud with brilliant photos. You captured the place really well. It was a fine explore indeed. Big thanks for getting us down their mate  :)

 
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