Urban Exploration - Barrow Hospital
We decided to visit this place on a hot day and when we stepped inside we noticed it still had that hospital smell although the whole place was pretty much trashed we did find small pockets of intact rooms.
The hospital had a creepy feeling as we walked around which put us on edge as we were the only ones around on site except for the couple who seemed to show up where we were exploring. The corridors were flaking away from the years of paint that had been applied
and the flakes covered the floor.
On the Childrens ward was a massive mural which was still standing and we also found the DJ booth although this was all stripped out.
We made our way around trying to find the morgue but this had been demolished already. By this time we noticed the creey looking couple with an old fashioned victorian pram ,but no baby could be heard, following us around everywhere.
History of Barrow Gurney Hospital
Barrow Gurney Hospital opened in 1938 and was later commandeered by the Royal Navy during the outbreak of World War 2 as a Royal Naval Auxiliary Hospital.
It was used to treat seamen injured during conflicts or who were suffering from psychological distress, brought in through the Port of Bristol.
The Naval Hospital was decommissioned and returned to civilian use in 1946 and taken over by the NHS.
Patient numbers continued to dwindle over the following decades and in 2003 the Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust announced its intention to close Barrow Hospital by 2008.
By 2004 only three residential wards remained open. A report published by Mind in 2003 found that on the issue of the hospital's closure, opinion among patients was divided with groups of patients having strong feelings both for and against.
In 2005 a national survey of hospital cleanliness named Barrow as the dirtiest in Britain after inspectors found cigarette burns on floors, graffiti on walls, urine stains around a toilet and stains from bodily fluids on the bottom of a hoist chair.
The report, combined with the collapse of part of the ceiling onto the head of a patient the same year saw the closure plan brought forward and the last ward closed the following year.
Following closure, the buildings and surrounding estate were sold to the former Chief Medical Officer for just Â£227,000. Plans were subsequently made to redevelop the site as business park, and indeed several buildings were converted and occupied by local companies as part of the "Black Mountains Business Park". However, due to the site's isolated location and the global recession, the venture failed and only one or two businesses remained on the site by early 2009.
In 2009 the site was offered for sale. By this time, several properties that once belonged to the hospital, such as the gatehouse, had been sold off and the buildings were becoming derelict. There are signs of demolition throughout the site and many of the original slates (believed to be worth in excess of Â£1 million) were stripped from the roofs.