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This place is definately an oldie but a goodie. I recently came across an article about this place, only to discover it is now being sold as a half a million pound house! Personally I prefer how I found it.... The History - Buckston Browne farm was built in 1931 by the Royal College of Surgeons as an animal testing and vivisection laboratory. The farm was stimulated by a gift from Sir George Buckston Browne F.R.C.S. and was later ‘modernised’ in the 1960s with new accommodation blocks, kitchen, laundry, operating theatres, operating microscopes, orthopaedic instruments, diathermy and portable X-ray units. Two large enclosed blocks of 20 animal pens were also added, suitable for dogs, pigs, goats, sheep and calves which were all tested on in the farm. The farm was used by a number of institutions who endorsed animal testing, but finally ceased experimentations after anti-vivisection raids in 1984. The Explore - We've all had days where all the planning, research and effort to get places falls to pieces and leaves you without one successful explore all day! This was the complete opposite, we descended upon Kent and had an amazing day visting many locations. This was by far the winner of the day. Despite the gruesome history of the place, the summer sun made it pleasant! THEN: These cages did upset me quite a lot! I almost forgot what I was exploring till this point. Not sure I want to know what this was.... NOW: Yours for half a million pounds!! Thanks for looking guys!
It's actually called Buckston Browne Farm, but if I'd put the word 'farm' in the title you probably wouldn't have clicked it would you It was a research establishment for the Royal College of Surgeons, England from the 1930's up to the early 1990's when it closed. The place gets its name from Sir George Buckston Browne, who was a British medical doctor and pioneer urologist in the first half of the 20th century. In 1927 he bought Charles Darwin's former home Down House and founded the Buckston Brown Research Farm in Downe in 1931. The Buckston Browne Prize is named for him. Down house is infact round the corner from the farm, the house now preserved and open to tourists, but the farm its self sits empty including it's own quite large house. In the 1980s, the farm caused controversy because of its use of vivisection techniques, and in August 1984 it was raided by anti-vivisection activists. This place is pretty grim really when you realise the sort of work that went on there, particularly in it's earlier days when such things wern't as tightly regulated as they are now. There's medical papers all over the internet which describe some of the research done there in quite some detail - for me it was quite uncomfortable reading some of them. Never-the-less, it was a good explore and was worth the trip, the house is quite nice with some good features still present. The research labs are damp, dreary and quite decayed, but interesting to walk round. Was quite fun day with Obscurity plus friend who isn't on here, so we'll just call him 'M' Some great carvings on the bannister post caps. That was the house, now the research labs Old 16mm projector 2 of the 3 large rooms were filled with a lot of bits and pieces that seemed to have little to no relation to the place. Labs All in all a good mooch for a Saturday afternoon. Thanks for looking, Maniac.