- Mar 17, 2018
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The Grade 2 listed structure which is built to the design of a castle houses the mortuary for the former St Bartholomew's Hospital.
The hospital itself dates back to 1078 and has over 900 years of history, after closing in 2016 following another relocation.
Like most mortuary's there is very little history to be found as most people focus more on the hospitals than the morgues individually.
The hospital this morgue is situated along with was opened in 1863 close to the old site with a £4,000 grant from the Richard Watts charity.
In 1923 a Friend's of the Bartholomew's hospital was founded they provided funds to the hospital which allowed for two new operating theatres, a modern pathology laboratory as well as wards.
The hospital was volunteer run until 1948, when the NHS was founded and took over, after initially relying on a £1000 yearly grant from the charity.
Documentation of this mortuary has been hard to find and most seem unaware what the white castle like structure is, therefore i can only assume the small area attached would be the pathological department.
On the first visit we had been rushed for time and missed a lot of what i wanted to see and there fore the image quality lacks but thankfully, i gave us an idea on how to get back in.
Later in the month we came back to find the entry had been sealed.
Then in mid July it was said demolition had begun this would be our last chance, so we planned a day of other locations and went for it.
Things started smoothly with a delightful chase from the police followed by a section one search and a moaning at by the armed response unit. We then got our selves on the train and headed off here, hopefully without getting detained again.
We then found ourselves standing, looking at the castle like structure. Unfortunately on all visits I had forgotten to take any externals of the building.
From the photos you will notice that the slab rotates around, I'm unsure why, a feature which makes it rather unique. Albeit, this lead to spinning one person around on it as fast as possible.
The PhotosThe First Visit.
The Third visit
Body Fridge Castle Morgue
Anyway, That'll be all.
The full album: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmFBjeyM