Hampole Manor, South Yorks, October 2019

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1. The History
The gothic manor is located in the village of Hampole, near Doncaster. The building dates back to the early 19th century, although some parts of the house are thought to be much older. Few places have such a sad back-story to them becoming derelict as this place. Known as both 'Manor House' and 'Ivy Farm Manor', the manor belonged to psychiatrist Neil Silvester, who practiced at Doncaster Royal Infirmary. He shot into the news in 1991 when he discharged a sectioned mental patient, two days prior to her killing an 11-year-old girl. He authorised the release of Carol Barratt from psychiatric care in April 1991, despite the fact she had previously threatened a young girl with a knife and attempted to strangle a medic. Forty-eight hours after her discharge, the 24-year-old Barratt knifed an 11-year-old schoolgirl, Emma Brodie, after picking her out at random in Doncaster’s Frenchgate shopping centre. In the aftermath, Dr Silvester was deemed to have made “a serious error of clinical judgement”. He moved out of his Hampole home soon afterwards (some unconfirmed reports claim he was driven out by locals) but continued to practice at Doncaster Royal Infirmary and subsequently went on to rebuild his career. Barratt was sent to Rampton in October 1991 to remain indefinitely after pleading guilty to manslaughter, on the grounds of diminished responsibility. Later Barratt changed her name to Dawn Healey and married fellow inmate and child-killer Malcolm Fletcher in 1996.

The house has been empty in 1991. It has slowly gone down hill and is now in a state of complete abandonment. Contrary to some reports, it is not Grade II listed. It was currently on the market with estate agents Austin Brooks with a guide price of £400,000 back in early 2017 but has since been taken off the market.

2. The Explore
Last went to this place on a very rainy day in March 2017. This place has been done to death but was passing so decided to have a look around. The place hasn’t gone downhill that much but remains pretty much a shell. In truth, it’s more interesting externally than internally, but still worth a few pictures.

3. The Pictures

A few front shots:

48969186341_067a0ab2c2_b.jpgimg3913 by HughieDW, on Flickr

48970354931_0e030d3183_b.jpgHampole 01 by HughieDW, on Flickr

48969804388_32e7482288_b.jpgHampole 09 by HughieDW, on Flickr

48968644973_c640723e8b_b.jpgimg3911 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Inside it’s pretty much trashed:

48968654413_35a65dd6ba_b.jpgimg3900 by HughieDW, on Flickr

48970526502_07faa9a907_b.jpgHampole 02 by HughieDW, on Flickr

48968647443_19f8dfda77_b.jpgimg3909 by HughieDW, on Flickr

48969193071_524ec83fb4_b.jpgimg3907 by HughieDW, on Flickr

And there is little in the way of personal effects left:

33233271145_e3253e6495_b.jpgimg9064 by HughieDW, on Flickr

The roof has fallen in here:

48969191876_4e19c3acb9_b.jpgimg3908 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Up-stairs and we’re onto the doctor’s former library room:

48970522882_e889f0f611_b.jpgHampole 07 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Up-stairs, the roof appears to be OK:

48970523137_d48faf8d07_b.jpgHampole 06 by HughieDW, on Flickr

48969371862_9985182de3_b.jpgimg3905 by HughieDW, on Flickr

48968652643_e65cebcdf1_b.jpgimg3904 by HughieDW, on Flickr

And there are nice views:

48970350886_5e31d157f8_b.jpgHampole 05 by HughieDW, on Flickr

And round the back:

48970526067_575856be40_b.jpgHampole 04 by HughieDW, on Flickr

48969810083_bfd1ce1bc7_b.jpgHampole 03 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Our back there’s a swimming pool:

33192011256_c92c078942_b.jpgimg9106 by HughieDW, on Flickr

And obligatory bath:

32850433440_52f73a1a48_b.jpgimg9109 by HughieDW, on Flickr

On to the garage:

48968657538_8ae931036c_b.jpgimg3896 by HughieDW, on Flickr

And the remains of the old car are still there:

48969381612_446dedd278_b.jpgimg3893 by HughieDW, on Flickr

48969203026_8f74276a10_b.jpgimg3894 by HughieDW, on Flickr

48968658583_f93f7f2835_b.jpgimg3895 by HughieDW, on Flickr


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Sadly Silvester is not alone in making judgmental issues - as recent events have shown and others over the years have shown. Know this place well, as born in Donny and still living there in early '90's. The whole situation was very sad and got completely out of hand.

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