Haunted Poole Hospital

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Poole Hospital

Did you ever venture onto the abandoned Poole Hospital?

Once a proud medical institution, it became a haven for teens looking for their own real-life Blair Witch experience in the 90s.

And here for the first time are snaps taken during that period by David Cole and Adam Richardson, who as part of a group went to explore what was left.

The sanatorium originally opened in 1932, finally shutting its doors in 1989.

David said: "At one point Grey Towers Hall - the mansion - was converted into flats for doctors and a friend of a friend of my parents lived there and said it was definitely haunted.

“Even though I lived in Nunthorpe on and off since birth it wasn’t until late 90s I discovered it.

“Such a huge empty place, so close to our house - a ten-minute walk max.

“It was odd that we didn’t start exploring it sooner than we did.

“The first time I went was a wet Friday afternoon.

“We went via Poole woods which all made it a bit more creepy.

“We went back the next day, a sunny Saturday morning, up the main drive with loads of dog walkers about. Much less sinister. However it was still very creepy.

“We spent a lot of time exploring it around 1999.

“We rarely bumped in to anyone else, but it clearly had a lot of visitors: we often found left over camp fires, food remains, once we found loads of empty but recent Polaroid film boxes.

“When it was closed, they’d clearly pretty much just walked out.

“The place was full of furniture, beds, wheelchairs, some sort of massive machine (possibly xray - in one if my photos).

“There was always on site security, with dogs, which kept us away.

“For good reason too - the place was obviously really dangerous.

“The lift shafts were open and empty, the basement floor of the canteen was flooded to ground level and obviously had been for years.

“The whole hospital was peppered with gun shot marks (see quite a few of my photos).

“My favorite building was a massive lecture theatre. Sadly it was before the digital age so I never got chance to, or thought to, photograph all of it.

“But most sinister of all was the morgue building and adjacent furnace and chimney.

“We didn’t discover it until a late visit, but always assumed it existed.

“Local rumor pointed us to a building distant from the main hospital site, adjacent to the woods.

“Inside were three rooms: one full of broken office furniture, one still had the roller storage for corpses (see photo) and one with just one item: a sinister ceramic autopsy table.

“We didn’t spend long in there - it was horrific, with just a few fogged windows letting in very little light.”

David added: “With hindsight I wish I’d taken more photographs to record more of what we found.

“The main building was demolished around 2002 for housing. Grey Towers House has now been converted in to flats...”

Those interested in the paranormal see the Nunthorpe location as a place of interest - many who have memories of it reminiscing online.

One contributor on the FMTTM message board says: "It was scary to us 'cos we were told once admitted to Poole Hospital you never came out."

Now a luxury development, the spooky snaps capture everything from rusting medical equipment through to wheelchairs left in the wilderness.


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