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Re: Royal Naval Hospital, Chatham
« Reply #51 on: September 16, 2014, 07:38:08 »
Fantastic photos Kyn - thanks!

There is some great things to see around the back of the Hospital. You can really appreciate the original structure of the place from there

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Re: Royal Naval Hospital, Chatham
« Reply #50 on: September 16, 2014, 07:28:39 »
Some more of the Engine and Laundry House with water tower.

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Re: Royal Naval Hospital, Chatham
« Reply #49 on: September 14, 2014, 19:30:29 »
Laundry and Engine House.  A portion of this is being converted into a new morgue as part of the hospital improvements.

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Re: Royal Naval Hospital, Chatham
« Reply #48 on: September 14, 2014, 14:51:00 »
The original coal pounds.

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Re: Royal Naval Hospital, Chatham
« Reply #47 on: February 25, 2014, 14:27:01 »
Another old postcard of the Main Gate - this one dated 1910:

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Re: Royal Naval Hospital, Chatham
« Reply #46 on: December 23, 2013, 18:01:02 »
The site now is really cramped, and in future some of the original buildings could go, as adapting them would be impossibly difficult. They are really quality buildings made to last.

That would be a terrible shame; yet more historic buildings lost.

 


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Re: Royal Naval Hospital, Chatham
« Reply #45 on: December 23, 2013, 10:07:38 »
There is still a lower corridor the length of the Old hospital buildings. The walls of the original buildings are about 5 ft think, really strong. I think the patients on their beds were put there during the war, as it was as good as a purpose built A/R Shelter.

The emergency water tanks are still there, and functional I think, as the water pressure on top of the hill would not be sufficient for a major incident.

The site now is really cramped, and in future some of the original buildings could go, as adapting them would be impossibly difficult. They are really quality buildings made to last.

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Re: Royal Naval Hospital, Chatham
« Reply #44 on: December 21, 2013, 14:56:06 »
Does anybody know why and when they removed the rather posh domes from the corners of the wards?

And the administration block with the dome like St Pauls, being replaced with that horrid metal structure which has more recently had some work done, which included the removal of the large shelters outside the main entrance.

I agree with Merc, the Hospital used to look better than it does today.

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Re: Royal Naval Hospital, Chatham
« Reply #43 on: November 08, 2013, 18:58:48 »
Ah - right! You learn something new every day! Thanks Kyn!  :)

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Re: Royal Naval Hospital, Chatham
« Reply #42 on: November 08, 2013, 18:19:48 »
I think the shelters marked on plans were just sun shelters for patients getting fresh air.  You find them on plans of other hospitals.  The only shelter that I know was here was an underground operating theatre.

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Re: Royal Naval Hospital, Chatham
« Reply #41 on: November 08, 2013, 12:51:43 »
Thanks Cliveh :)

I personally don't recall ever seeing any of the shelters, unfortunately. I'm guessing they were sealed or probably demolished.

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Re: Royal Naval Hospital, Chatham
« Reply #40 on: November 08, 2013, 12:37:04 »
On my 1908 plan Merc there was a mortuary behind the Laundry backing onto York Avenue.

On a different note - are all the shelters now all demolished or just sealed up does anyone know?

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Re: Royal Naval Hospital, Chatham
« Reply #39 on: November 08, 2013, 11:42:18 »
Very nice. That's probably the end nearest Windmill Road, with York Avenue in the background. There used to be a long, single storey 'corridor structure' protruding from this side. we used to call it 'the morgue'. Whether it actually was the morgue or not, I don't know...

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Re: Royal Naval Hospital, Chatham
« Reply #38 on: November 08, 2013, 10:07:52 »
That is a fantastic picture, thank you for sharing :)

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Re: Royal Naval Hospital, Chatham
« Reply #37 on: November 08, 2013, 08:45:18 »
A rare side view of one of the wards c1912:

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