The Barnes Hospital, also called Manchester Convalescent Home, is a former hospital, built by Manchester Royal Infirmary in 1875 in the rural area of the periphery of the city, with the intent to stay away from the industrial smog. It is now surrounded by big highways. The name of the hospital is due to a big donation from Robert Barnes who wanted a new hospital in the area of Cheadle.During the construction works, three high stone crosses were found, but today we know the location of just one: a Celtic cross head stone, dated between the 10th and 11th century, which you can now see in St. Mary’s Church, Cheadle.During the construction works, three high stone crosses were found, but today we know the location of just one: a Celtic cross head stone, dated between the 10th and 11th century, which you can now see in St. Mary’s Church, Cheadle.

During the construction works, three high stone crosses were found, but today we know the location of just one: a Celtic cross head stone, dated between the 10th and 11th century, which you can now see in St. Mary’s Church, Cheadle.

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The hospital was used through the wars as a caring house for injured soldiers, especially during the World War II. Later it became a clinic for geriatric cures and stroke patients. It’s been estimated that tens of thousands of people were treated in the hospital during its 100 years of operation.

The special type of architecture chosen contributes to make the building a gloomy place. With its large size and Gothic feeling it is surrounded by an aura of mystery. It was also described as a “great gaunt pile of a building, abandoned and all dark at night, except for the lonely light in its tower-top clock.“. Moreover, in 1974 a horror movie “Let Sleeping Corpses Lie” was made here.

The hospital was closed in 1999, and in the same year it was listed as a Grade II building, meaning it is been placed in the Statutory List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest. Grade II is reserved for buildings that are of special interest, prescribing every effort to preserve them.
After the closure the hospital have housed some refugees from Kosovo, and later in 2007 it was briefly occupied by a group of gipsy families.

Since its shutdown, the building has had several owners that had different plans for the hospital, but they all failed for different reasons. It is now owned by four local businessmen who want to restore Barnes hospital creating a residential development on the site, and after few years of silence the works have finally commenced in 2015. It is good but at the same time a shame for hunters of grim places, who have not had the chance to visit it during its dark years!

Sources:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barnes_Hospital,_Cheadle#cite_note-2012_Sale-12
http://www.urbanghostsmedia.com/2014/07/abandoned-manchester-exploring-barnes-hospital/
http://opacity.us/site144_barnes_hospital.htm
https://www.thesun.co.uk/archives/news/32674/the-15-creepiest-abandoned-places-in-britain-youd-never-spend-the-night-in/
http://www.derelictplaces.co.uk/main/hospitals-and-asylums/22790-barnes-hospital-manchester-2012-a.html

 

 

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