Cambridge Military Hospital, Aldershot, Hampshire
At the turn of 2012 a flurry of reports bombarded 28dayslater from the Cambridge Military Hospital in Aldershot and some of the photos being taken there made the place look like a fantastic explore. Unfortunately, almost every report suggested that the place was like Fort Knox! And that entry was exceptionally difficult.
We wanted to see this place before the entire exploring community had been there so, even though we knew it’d be busy, we headed out for a weekend explore!
The Cambridge Military Hospital, named after Prince George, Duke of Cambridge opened on 18 July 1879. In the First World War, the Cambridge Hospital was the first base hospital to receive casualties directly from the Western Front.The Cambridge Hospital was also the first place where plastic surgery was performed in the British Empire.
After the Second World War, with the decline in importance of Britain’s military commitments, civilians were admitted to the hospital. It pioneered the supply of portable operating theatres and supplies for front-line duties. The hospital also contained the Army Chest Unit. It was closed on 2 February 1996 due to the high cost of running the old building as well as the discovery of asbestos in the walls – info from WikiPedia
Upon arriving in Aldershot we quickly realised that the town is very Military based. Almost as though it’s an Army Camp first and a town second! We parked up and took a walk to our point of entry which was embarrassingly easy considering the nature of the site! Within moments we were inside the mortuary. A small detached building on the perimeter of Cambridge Military Hospital.
Immediately we bumped in to another set of explorers, photographing the metallic autopsy bench, complete with bone saw blades. We stopped in here for a few moments and got our photos but it was small space and we wanted to get on inside the main hospital building without the burden of other explorers blowing our cover.
Here’s where it apparently gets difficult… or not! We were inside the main building via the most obvious route ever! How had other explorers missed it?!? So far so good.
We went upstairs and explored the top floors of the Cambridge Military Hospital first. Not a lot remains here but the atmosphere of the hospital is fantastic and I’m really pleased with the photos I captured from the long, creepy, dark corridors.
After exploring the Clock Tower, Ground Floor and Basement we decided to move on to the Maternity buildings, a separate area on the site when one of our group had a message from a fellow explorer saying they’d been discovered by security. Heading back upstairs we looked out across the site to see a group of explorers being given the blue-glove treatment by Police Officers. Time to leave!
It was a shame I didn’t get to see the Maternity block as the majority of awesome photos have come from there! Never mind, there’s plenty more opportunities!