Sandhill Park Hospital, nr Taunton, Somerset
An early morning start saw us heading out towards Taunton to explore Sandhill Hospital. Opened in 1919 as a care facility for girls and then in 1925 as a hospital for mentally retarded children, there’s widespread belief amongst ‘ghost hunters’ that Sandhill is haunted. Codswallop.
The military took over in 1940 and for a few years it was leased to the American government. 1990 saw the land sold off by the NHS and Sandhill had a few reincarnations before finally laying derelict. Now gutted by fire in a recent arson attack, it’s a shame to lose another beautiful building.
We started in the outbuildings. Completely demolished by thieves and bone idol kids. Our priority was to explore the main house. Not many had found a way in and it was looking like our trip would be fruitless too, when we found a small window that we could all squeeze through.
We made our way to the staircase and went to the attic. It’s always been a kind of unwritten rule that we explore places from top to bottom, weird but true and on this particular explore, extremely handy! All the interesting rooms and paperwork left behind was in the upper rooms of the large house.
After sorting through the piles of abandoned paperwork and interesting bits & bobs left behind we ventured downstairs. The ground floor of the main house has some grand features and lovely high ceilings, unfortunately for us, an alarm system was still in place and within a few minutes we were being turfed out by security.
All in all we spent a good few hours in the house, however only a hand-full of photographs to show for it!