Alder Hey Children's Hospital - Operating Theatre

Urbex: Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Liverpool – October 2015

The now abandoned Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool was originally intended to be a workhouse the for insane. Despite being the original intent of the site when the land was purchased by the Board of Poor Law Guardians, plans changed and the Hospital first opened its doors in 1914 as a military hospital during the First World War…

Château Gryffindor

Urbex: Château Gryffindor, France – September 2015

The Chateau itself was obviously the main draw and I think accounts for most of the photos below including the lovely spiral staircase which leads up to a small landing area with decoratively painted walls. There was a room with an examination bed and a few pieces of other medical equipment which were one of the few remaining reminders of the last function of the building as a care home for the elderly.

Haslar Hospital Pocock Brothers Padded Cell

Urbex: The Pocock Brothers Padded Cell, The Royal Hospital Haslar, Gosport – June 2015

Padded cells were common place in many of the UK Insane Asylums and were considered essential in the control and treatment of some of the more extreme Asylum inmates. The primary function of the padded cells were to accommodate patients for short periods of time to prevent them from harming themselves when suffering epileptic and psychotic episodes but they were also used to monitor patients who had suicidal tendencies…

The Little Miracles

Urbex: The Little Miracles, Belgium – May 2015

The so called “Little Miracles” are a collection of deceased babies stored presumably in formaldehyde, they were supposedly donated for medical research and further examination. Whilst the majority appeared to be normal in appearance there were a handful which featured deformities and most were scared with incision marks where they had received autopsies…