Butleigh Hospital, nr Street, Somerset
I first explored Butleigh Hospital in 2008. It had been abandoned for three years but well boarded and while there was a bit of damage to the interior I hadn’t expected to see the hospital in such a state when I explored it in October 2012.
Just over 4 years had passed since I first visited and immediately it was clear that Butleigh has been well and truly forgotten about. The exterior, while boarded up in places, is like a sieve. Windows have collapsed and porches fallen in on themselves. Visiting in 2008, the only way in was a rather clever route through the basement and crawling up inside the main hospital staircase, eventually squeezing through a hole made by previous visitors. Now it’s a case of simply walking in the front door…
Walking in to the once grand foyer, with it’s solid staircase was a shock. If the outside was in disarray, the inside was a wreck! Half of the stairs were missing, I’m not sure if that was down to “health & safety” concerns of the upper-level floors or someone just decided to have them away!?
There’s still a nice, creepy feeling to Butleigh Hospital. Even though most indicators that this huge building was even ever a hospital have been removed, if you look closely enough there’s some interesting details.
After a quick scout on the first-floor, it was decided that the flooring was way too fragile to continue. The second-floor flight of stairs were completely removed so we’d have to concentrate on the ground floor.
Butleigh Hospital is like a Tardis. Inside there’s room after room, followed by large wards & day rooms. It’s really surprising when from the outside it looks just like a large manor house. Unfortunately, since my last visit, the wards had been stripped. Beds and dividing curtains all gone and nearly every scrap of metal thieved.
If you like decay and general dereliction then Butleigh Hospital is still a nice little explore, but don’t be expecting anything spectacular.