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    Default St. Andrews Asylum, Norwich, June 2010


    The location is securely boarded up with regular security patrols, and required some careful and inventive thinking. This building doesn't compare to the West Parks and Hellingleys of this world, but it does have it 's own unique character and atmosphere. The following information was found on the Internet:
    Plans for the asylum were announced in 1876. The buildings were to be of ‘somewhat plain, simple and comparatively cheap construction’, later described as ‘a sort of go-between the Asylum and the Workhouse’.
    Designed by the architects Cornish and Gaymer, they were modelled on Metropolitan Asylums Board institutions at Leavesden and Caterham. They comprised a two-storey ‘H’ shape with large and rather barn-like male and female wards linked, or rather separated, by an administrative cross-section, behind which lay a single storey complex of kitchens and staff rooms.
    Costing £33,920, they accommodated 250 patients, two and a half times the original capacity. ‘Chronic lunatics, imbeciles and idiots’ were placed under the care of Hills’ assistant, who became resident medical officer, a head female attendant and a relatively modest staff of attendants and nurses.
    Sadly, much has gone from this place, including the fantastic journals and records, but St. Andrews still does it for me :-)



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    Quote Originally Posted by manof2worlds View Post
    The location is securely boarded up with regular security patrols, and required some careful and inventive thinking. This building doesn't compare to the West Parks and Hellingleys of this world, but it does have it 's own unique character and atmosphere. The following information was found on the Internet:


    Sadly, much has gone from this place, including the fantastic journals and records, but St. Andrews still does it for me :-)
    Good work there M02W, it was a Blast as usual, Ill add mine ...!!!
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    And a dreadful thing from the cliff did spring. And its wild bark thrilled around. His eyes had the glow of the fires below. Twas the form of the Spectre Hound. 'Ha' yer fa'r got a dickey, bor?' 'Yis, an' he want a fule ter roide 'im, will yew cum?'

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    And a dreadful thing from the cliff did spring. And its wild bark thrilled around. His eyes had the glow of the fires below. Twas the form of the Spectre Hound. 'Ha' yer fa'r got a dickey, bor?' 'Yis, an' he want a fule ter roide 'im, will yew cum?'

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    no good pressing the thanks button!!!

    excellent work fellas !!

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    Thanks Matty although we found another way!!!, This place never fails to let us down!!:)
    And a dreadful thing from the cliff did spring. And its wild bark thrilled around. His eyes had the glow of the fires below. Twas the form of the Spectre Hound. 'Ha' yer fa'r got a dickey, bor?' 'Yis, an' he want a fule ter roide 'im, will yew cum?'

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    Great work boys! The hard access places are always rewarding - No chav damage!
    Good to see you getting the nipper involved too.
    Keep up the good work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thepetrolhead View Post
    Great work boys! The hard access places are always rewarding - No chav damage!
    Good to see you getting the nipper involved too.
    Keep up the good work.
    The small dude is my son, he's nearly 12 and is becoming something of a seasoned explorer - my view is that if he is going to root around on old and dangerous buildings, best he does it with his Dad and does it safely whilst still getting that thrill of being somewhere you shouldn't ;-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by manof2worlds View Post
    The small dude is my son, he's nearly 12 and is becoming something of a seasoned explorer - my view is that if he is going to root around on old and dangerous buildings, best he does it with his Dad and does it safely whilst still getting that thrill of being somewhere you shouldn't ;-)
    Bet you're teaching him some cracking common sense which seems to be sorely lacking in people these days too. I'd say you're doing a good thing personally!

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    Quote Originally Posted by krela View Post
    Bet you're teaching him some cracking common sense which seems to be sorely lacking in people these days too. I'd say you're doing a good thing personally!
    Thanks Krela. He's been very receptive to safety issues and knows that when I say no, it's for his own good. Pretty much every explore Black Shuck and I have done over the last year, he's been with us, from tunnels to asylums to ROC posts, his favourite explore to date being the Connaught Tunnel. And of course there's nothing better than doing stuff you shouldn't with your dad in tow as well - lol.
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