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    Smile Normans Riding part 2 Winlayton/Blaydon


    Weather was bad, so I thought I'd take a second visit to this ex-hospital in Tyne & Wear.
    I was here last year but since then its obvious that the situation has changed and they are leaving the place to rot. Kids and scrap scavengers have moved into the site and its being trashed in very short time. Someone even seems to be making a serios effort to strip the roof.
    This was a surprise and after an hour of sneaking around, following last years visit, I found I was there by myself and free to roam at will. I did and not without a few surprises, which the photos will show.

    General view of the grounds


    The frozen ornimental pond, where fire extinguishers go to die


    Another site view


    A lot of garden, here where they grow the wheel chairs!


    And zimmer frames


    Open air music it seems. The first of two keyboards encounterd


    Gatehouse bungallows


    Part of the water system. Wouldnt like to know how deep this thing might be




    Main building


    Second view


    Part of the pumping system I guess


    And some of the underground tunnels for heating etc


    I didnt explore much of them!


    Interiors trashed with a lot of stuff remaining


    Pretty high tech in its day




    Theres quiet a lot here, that probably shouldnt be


    Handy lift shaft for rapid service...down only


    Reception building from above


    View from the third floor. Roof would need a ladder


    Past splendour, not!, all plastic


    The bar is open but nobodys home


    And while we find another keyboard, the band has left the stage.


    Hand playground, for a rest after busy investigation


    But.....and here is the biggest surprise and main question


    Why does a old age peoples home have a set of stocks?????


    Might be worth a third return trip again at a future date but I dont think it could give a bigger surprise than the stocks. Is it a warning to urban explorerers???????
    Last edited by taliesin; 24th Feb 10 at 00:32. Reason: I gave it the wrong name!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by taliesin View Post
    Why does a old age peoples home have a set of stocks?????
    Perhaps they had a fund-raising fete and people paid to throw wet sponges at some poor sod in the stocks.
    Love seeing the grounds here...something secret gardenish about them. Nice to see you're still about, Taliesin. :)
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    Still about but in hibernation for winter! I think your probably right with the stocks but a trespassing deterant is a more fun idea
    Last edited by taliesin; 8th Mar 10 at 07:41.

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    Been looking for a good first time place to take my bro as he's an urbex virgin, looks like this place might be a good start

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    Good effort there Taliesin, the place looks well and truly trashed though!
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    Oh yws, its well and truelly trashed but a lot of it. I cant believe how much had been left there and while I didnt go through everything, #####i think there were a lot of confidential patients reports & data. Even company cheque books!!!!
    The gardes really are rather nice and the least trashed of it all.
    Probably is a good place to start but pity about condition


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