Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Harold Wood Hospital, October 2010

This was a rather unexpected explore, not only was it visited on my birthday but it was more of a back up plan that turned out to be just as good as the original explore that we'd hoped to see that day. Although it's fair to say that Harold Wood has seen better days, there are still a lot of artifacts and interesting rooms which create an eerie setting that just reeks with atmosphere. I'm hoping to get back to visit the rest of the site in the not so distant future and definitely stop by the mortuary next time.

"The hospital was opened in 1909 by West Ham County Borough council, as the Grange convalescent home for children, which operated with the nearby Plaistow fever hospital. The Grange had been a private house, built in 1884 by John Compton, owner of the Gubbins estate. The convalescent home was maintained by the county borough until the Second World War, as an emergency hospital. After the war it became a permanent hospital, and in the 1960s was significantly enlarged.
The hospital later became part of the Barking, Havering and Redbridge Hospitals NHS Trust. It was closed on 13 December 2006 with patients and functions relocated to Queen's Hospital and to King George Hospital. The site vacated by the hospital has been earmarked for a 470-home housing development" : Wikipedia 

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