Exploring in a UK High Security Hospital

Author sophos9 - Last updated: 16.03.2010

Explored by Rusty

This high security hospital was home to some of Britain’s most dangerous criminals. There has been a hospital on the site since 1872 The Mental Health Act of 1959 brought in far more sweeping changes.

Abolishing the statutory distinctions between mental illness and mental deficiency, it outlined for the first time the role of what would become known as the special hospital for people who, in the opinion of the Minister, required treatment under conditions of special security on account of their dangerous, violent or criminal propensities. Moors Murderer Ian Brady was known to be an inmate, as well as the “Cardiff Ripper”, Richard Gwilym.

Urban Exploration in a High Security Hospital

Urban Exploration in a High Security Hospital

It was Sunday morning and another early start ready for the day ahead. There was me and my misses and 2 friends all coming. We arrived at the location not really knowing what to expect as we hadn’t seen the place before and had no idea how we were getting in.

Urban Exploration in a High Security Hospital

Urban Exploration in a High Security Hospital

As we drove round the outside we spotted security near the gate and instantly thought that this was probably going to be another day we got caught. We headed over the fence and towards the first building. Straight away we spotted a window that was broken and looked big enough to squeeze through. My first attempt didn’t work to well though and so I tried again but minus a few jumpers.

Urban Exploration in a High Security Hospital

Urban Exploration in a High Security Hospital

I managed to squeeze through this time. We walked round this building for about an hour but really wanted to see the main buildings so had the fun of that small window again. We were all on edge moving from building to building using the walls as cover we made it over to the female side.

This building was so secure due to what it was, the windows were set in a really thick metal frame and we knew that finding access from a window was probably not going to be an option. I went over to a old metal fire escape and started to climb. I was so happy to see a hole in the roof and knew that was our way in. One by one we stepped off the fire escape and on to the roof and in . Wow we had made it we were all in.

Urban Exploration in a High Security Hospital

Urban Exploration in a High Security Hospital

We set off to look around the place, the paint peeling on the walls was amazing and the sun was beaming through the windows making some awesome lighting for my photos. As we turned a corner we were all shocked at the amount of cells we could see. These were some seriously tough looking doors. That was a great reminder of where I was exploring . As I walked down the corridor I noticed the cells still had names on them. We carried on round this building snapping pics as we went but always on the look out for the security. We decided to go to the male side to look for a certain cell.

Urban Exploration in a High Security Hospital

Urban Exploration in a High Security Hospital

I knew where I was heading for but spotted the floors looked really bad. I hadn’t come this far for a floor to stop me. I cautiously crept over the floor, I could feel it moving under my feet and was trying my hardest to keep my feet on the beams . As I walked round the corner I spotted the cell I had been heading for. The row of cells were so so secure looking.

Urban Exploration in a High Security Hospital

Urban Exploration in a High Security Hospital

Tiny windows with 3 layers covering them. I entered the cell and pulled the door to behind me as I wanted to get the shot from inside the cell it was so strange as I pulled the door to. I was only in there for 5 minutes but that was enough for me.

Urban Exploration in a High Security Hospital

Urban Exploration in a High Security Hospital

It was such a great explore with so much history behind it , such an eerie feeling to be walking in the footsteps of some of England’s most dangerous criminals.

As we were leaving I was thinking how it was just a day for me but for most people who were in there it was nearly a lifetime.

Urban Exploration in a High Security Hospital

Urban Exploration in a High Security Hospital

All I took with me is my “I don’t care if I drop it camera” with a cheap fish-eye lens for some crazy angles, my trusty tripod, my friend as he is my camera and tripod caddy, a dust mask and a pack of hobnobs

:D

This was one on my favourite explores so far and I’m sure I will return again soon before its all gone .

Rusty

5 comments

#1sjp1983May 9, 2010, 6:38 pm

Hey Rusty,
First of all I find your work fascinating and the photos are incredible. Secondly, I’m currently doing a little research and noticed you mentioned the ‘Cardiff Ripper’ in your piece. Having done some research I note there is not much going on the net and wondered if you had any other information on him….when he committed his crimes etc If so, could you possibly get back to me via the email address I provided.
Thanks for reading my comment
SjP

#3elleMay 14, 2010, 5:50 pm

the last photo is great !!
amazing place to photograph

#4urbex2 and pussy cat or urbexing explorerDecember 6, 2010, 7:52 pm

hi rusty great pics with fab textures and a cracking insight nd explore,well done,was it wp ? lol

#5alice prattDecember 12, 2010, 12:24 pm

which hospital is this? and has it shut down or did you just visit unused sections of the building?
I was also wondering if you had any more information about Richard Gwilym, as the web is surprisingly empty.
Great pictures :)

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