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This was a random find when out recently, it'll probably go down as one of my favourite ever random finds as there is a lot more to see here, notably an entire manor house as well as another part of this building we weren't able to access not for want of trying - despite all our best and most thorough efforts both of those parts of this site remained stubbornly inaccessible but tantalisingly within reach at the same time.
This place was weird, as these two buildings have obviously been derelict for some considerable time. The newest dated items I found inside were phones with a manufacturing date of 1999 stuck on them however a lot of the equipment and furniture inside is very old indeed, the sort of stuff that was phased out long ago. From what I can deduce the nursing home occupied the whole of this mid-century building but downsized at some point and it appeared they just chucked all their old stuff in here for storage whilst still operating out of the more modern half.
We really didn't expect to get into anything here at all as there are at least two open businesses on site as well as a couple of occupied houses, however on our first cursory inspection I noticed an open door which led into a slightly disappointing fire damaged building which wasn't very inspiring. I took a few snaps on my phone and then we went to check out the larger of the two nursing home buildings and I was totally shocked when the last door I tried opened! Cue a mad dash back to the car to grab our things and a quick jog back to the entry point. Our elation was short lived, however, as we realised the small corridor that would have led to the slightly newer part was locked shut. I found a potential other route in but much to my frustration I just couldn't quite get it to work - next time though...
After that disappointment we took stock and realised that where we were standing was actually pretty damn good in itself. Each room off the central corridor was filled with old nursing and medical equipment, including a whole room full of wheelchairs, a store room full of supplies as well as a rack of staff uniforms and residents clothes, and much to my delight not one but two examples of an Avery weighing scale chair, once commonplace but now an exceptionally rare sight - I've only ever seen one other example and that was in an asylum eleven years ago.
There's a mix of actual camera as well as phone photos below. Starting with a few shots of the disappointing building and then moving into the better one.
Thanks for looking
I like car graveyards.
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