Thursday, 7 September 2017

Fair Mile Revisited

I know my blog had been off line for a while now but my reason was I needed to update the whole thing a bit. I should have it back up again in the not too distant future but some exciting news.
Ian Wheeler is running another exhibition on the 21st & 22nd of October 2017 it will be a little bigger with more content

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Fair Mile Hospital (the Book)

Ian Wheelers New book Fair Mile Hospital a Victorian Asylum was launched on the 30th May at Cholsey pavilion (Parish Hall)

the book can be purchased through Amazon as well.

Sunday, 8 March 2015

The Laundry & Stores

The Laundry and Stores were both linked even though they started as separate places but I will start with the Laundry which used to have a lot of people working from the village and surrounding areas.

The original Laundry from what I can tell you is around where I have circled not far from where the 1960's kitchen was built. In the 1960's a new one was built with all the latest equipment to wash laundry from the hospital.

 This was how the building  looked back in 2009, the laundry is the building with the vents behind the stores.

 Inside had been cleared of all machines

 Plant life grew on the walls

The area where the Laundry was built is near the old farm and  incorporated  another building which was built in the 1950s, the Stores

The photo shows what was labeled as the stores and had a staff of it's own. The two vans are the site runarounds, one was and electric van the other looks like the laundry van. In the background you can clearly see the farm which by the 1970's could not be seen from this point.

     The photo here was taken to the right of the white van in the building photo.

This is the stores in 2009 ,  to the left is the covered loading area and ramp, the laundry is behind and has the big roof vents for the steam and ventilation. The original stores you saw in the photo was burned down a few years after it was built being replaced by the one above
This is part of the stores area back in 2009 where you are looking out to the loading area through one of the large doors.
Part of the stores with the store mans office
The stores admin office

The loading dock and ramp in 2009

Below are some older photo's of local people who worked at the Laundry though the two guy's Sid Patrick & Abbey Ruttle worked in the laundry as well

The laundry must have been  a good place to work for may people who lived in the village and from the look some fun was had though the couple on the left were inseparable and lived together in the village till they both passed away .


The Lady here is Doris Marshall on her retirement by the look of things she is also sat next to her sister Rose in the second photo.

This is the Laundry in Sep 2010 large braithwaite tank is to supply water for the machines not sure what the green one is but could be a softener as the water in the area is hard.

In 2010 the Laundry building itself was looking rather sad and very dilapidated.

The grass was growing well though.

But then the machines moved in and all the grass became ripped up and rubble dumped on the area.The stores was the first building to go.

Starting with the office block in front.

The Laundry office section was demolished next.

Though an entrance survived for a while

The main building awaited it's fate

but soon the the 360's started their work taking it down bit by bit,

sweeping up as it went.

Just before Christmas all that was left were walls

And then it was just a pile of rubble being fed in the crusher for hardcore.

Not long after the site was cleared and a temporary road put in.

But once the road had been re-laid the build was under way.

and footings started. That I am afraid is where I sot for now as work stopped while the build on other parts of the side were completed.  I will update when I have more photo's of the new housing. I would like to think the Laundry & stores will not be forgotten but many people will be sad to see it's passing.

Taken around a year after the first footing were laid the housing started to go up

Scaffolding going up on one of the buildings

This is the road that  too you past the old laundry & stores to the OT dept

This is about where the laundry used to be

Think you would have been looking at the water tank around this point

Looking towards the farm weeks later

The final touches on the houses which are ready to move into 

The finished houses as they are today.

Friday, 3 October 2014

The Hermitage Lawn

 This photo of my Dad was most likely taken in the 1960's as you can see Dad is sat on a seat with some of the patents he was in charge of. At this time he was a charge nurse of Hermitage Ward. The photo was taken in the corner of the airing courts

The second photo below shows dad with one of the nurses who worked under him. Unfortunately I do not know his name. Behind you can see the wall of the airing court and past that is what looks like the new OT block. Just in front of the wall are a couple of patents sitting on the bench watching what was going on

Roll on to 2010 and the lawn is looking like this, the benches long gone or rotted away

The tree they stood under is still there though. Behind that you can make out the OT block

The OT block was still there in November 2010

But a couple of weeks later in December it was gone, I missed that one.

The sign on the left went sometime in 2012 and by 2013 the road leading to the old OT building looked like this.

By the end of 2013 it was looking like this

and early 2014 people had moved in to some houses and the others nearing completion

Little happened to the lawn  till 2013 when you found the tree fenced off

and the lawns there torn up by contractor machines

and in January 2014 the area looked like a quagmire

By June 2014 the place looked different and had dried up

though looking at the place I wondered if it would ever be the same again

 but 3 months later and the lawns were cut

people lived in the houses built where the  old  OT block used to be.
The tree still stands in the airing court by Hermitage ward surrounded with memories of the people who used the lawn. I wonder what Dad would make of it all.