- Sep 27, 2013
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- Near London Charing Cross.
5AM and already had one place under our belt, next stop was this old hospital! (Asbestos Masks At The Ready) moving away from cottages and houses, I wanted to add some more hospitals for my gallery in my home town, and for my future book. I did not want to hit the north wales hospital as I find that place boring, an having already done Pool Park and Talgarth before, I was left with this one which I did not mind at all, as it seems the less popular of the bunch derelict at the moment.
We walked around the whole site for a few hours before many people had awoke from sleep venturing in and out of each building an room, a few times I could of gone through the floors upstairs, (the floors are like wet cardboard in places) especially center of the rooms, I just hope no one heavier than myself ventures too far upstairs as the certainty is they will fall. Each part of this hospital had something different but many rooms had horrid wallpaper and tonnes of old lights hanging about, many railings in the wards are practically holding on for dear life. We initially thought some other explorers were upstairs when we heard noises, I went off to investigate braving some soggy stairs an turns out that pigeons wanted to make me jump (to no avail) but later they made my partner jump, which of course adds to the fun of exploring, the kitchen area is like a painters workshop seems kids had fun down there an despite it being a mess of red paint splatters it really added to the area. (See my photos below).
Having covered the whole site an the added bonuses around it, I wanted to find the morgue freezer having missed it on our exit so we went back in and heard sniffing from either upstairs or down the corridors, that followed with mumbling and footsteps we finished taking shots of the morgue area, an listened closely as the footsteps drew nearer, I initially thought oh maybe security are onsite or another explorer, so we looked round the corner to the corridor an no one was there... This baffled us as the footsteps had stopped shining a light down the corridor I could not see anyone or hear anything but I wanted to check anyway in case it was explorers an we had startled them, we looked around the hospital well this area an we heard nothing at all, so we decided to make our way out from upstairs this is when the footsteps started again... this time from behind us and doors slamming, it was clear we was being followed at this point an weirdly enough I had the feeling since going back in, an seeing used needles in this area it would not surprise me if someones living here so we left the quickest way possible.
Dont go alone here, an please keep your wits about you if you are thinking of going, the floors are sketchy and just be on the safe side, I feel the need to say this, as it goes with any abandoned site really.
Some history below.
The original workhouse complex and adjoining chapel were Grade II listed 20 odd years ago...
(the workhouse certainly needs saving as I read somewhere not many exist anymore).
The early Victorian building was designed by St Asaph architect John Welch and used as a workhouse for the poor of 14 parishes. It was built by Thomas Hughes of Liverpool and the contracter was Samuel Parry. There may have been alterations in 1869 and it was enlarged to the right in 1902. There were also some modern extensions during it's conversion to hospital use. It has the standard workhouse grid plan with separate courtyards for men and women and transverse and spinal ranges with a linking central octagon
The buildings are set in grounds of around 7.4 acres which have been allocated for housing development. It is thought up to 70 houses could be built on the site.
In 2006, Cilla Black (rip) visited Lluesty as part of a BBC Wales programme called Coming Home with Cilla Black.
The building has a Classical front with coursed masonry, plinth and slate roofs. The main block is a three-storey, three-bay builing,advanced to the centre with a pediment. There are giant order pilasters, paired to the central bay, rising from the first floor sill band. There are small-pane sash windows including broad tripartite window to the second floor centre and round-headed windows to the first floor, as well as similar (round-headed) windows to the ground floor flanking the porch with a pedimented parapet. There are also two -storey, three-window wings set back, behind which the side elevations of the main block become rubble with similiar small-pane sash windows. At the right end of the building there is a two-storey, four-bay 1902 range with freestone dressings and a hipped roof.
There are also three-storey main courtyard ranges and a four-storey central octagonal block which have sashes without glazing bars.The spinal range continues to the rear of the octagon.
Hope you all enjoyed my report an it certainly makes a change to do a hospital