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Clayton Hospital - 02/15

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Urbexplore

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After the incredibly creepy experience that was the underground tunnel system the last thing we wanted to run into was a homeless man the second we reached the top of the stairs, especially one who said he was looking for his friends THAT LIVED THERE. We brushed it off and went on without taking him too seriously but decided that the best idea would be to keep the DSLRs in their bags and venture on with just the GoPros. No less than 5 minutes later he comes storming around a dimly lit corner having acquired a torch and brown paper bag since our last encounter, and he seemed in a less than friendly mood this time around! That's when things got tense.

Getting into the hospital grounds was relatively easy, though the actual entrance into the building was pretty sketchy, with sharp glass and vandal grease in abundance. Once inside the hospital we realised just how dire of a state it was in thanks to this easy point of access, there was excessive damage everywhere you looked and the removal of equipment, wire & original fittings was obvious, but somehow the building still felt like a hospital that could have been tending to the every need of patients no more than a week ago.

The atmosphere was incredible, though probably intensified by our encounter with the not so unknown! Boarded windows lined the corridors and had caused the majority of the building to descend into darkness, it's safe to say it felt like we were adventuring through the tunnels of a rabbit warren which made it difficult to ensure we explored everything!

Thanks to the network of service tunnels lying underneath the hospital in combination with the overhanging pipes/wiring throughout I think we spent at least a good 50% of the explore crouched in an attempt to avoid contact with them. Because of the access point we used the hospital as we knew it consisted of narrow corridors that led into narrow corridors that shot off into more narrow corridors, you get the picture! But eventually this layout gives way to a huge open corridor, of a similar look the the asylum that we explored a few weeks earlier. There were numerous rooms shooting off from this corridor, mainly old wards with bedside lamps attached to the walls and curtain rails falling off.

It's more of the same old upstairs, with old wards, staff rooms and administration offices. There were signs of life upstairs, with freshly opened packets of food and sleeping bags throughout. I'm definitely glad to say we were fortunate enough to avoid coming across any more of the occupants of these make shift beds but there were plenty of coughs/bangs throughout the visit that weren't caused by any of the team.

Having run into the homeless man earlier in the explore we were on edge throughout, but this in combination with the coughs/bangs pushed us over the edge and we made a group decision that we had gotten all the footage we needed and made our way back to the point of access.

Although we didn't manage to get any high resolution images we did make another video that is best experienced in the dark with headphones!

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UrbanX

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Blimey what a state, sounds like you had an adventure :)
Thanks for sharing :)
 

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Your photo's look great, I went in November but couldn't find any decent access points so I only got exterior shots, it's great to see what it looks like on the inside now :)
 

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