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If you follow me on Pinterest, you might have an inkling that I love photographs of abandoned buildings– seeing as I have a whole board dedicated to the subject on there. It is something I really like and the creepier the place, the better. There’s just something really fascinating about the forgotten, derelict places of the past. There is an abandoned fever hospital a short drive from where I live and I’ve been meaning to go and photograph this place for years. Life has just always gotten in the way. But this weekend, I finally managed to go and photograph it. It’s the first time in months that I have shot using my DSLR, as I have been favouring the use of my mirrorless camera due to its much lighter weight.

There isn’t a whole lot of be found online regarding the history of this place. I believe it was originally used as an isolation hospital to treat patients suffering with diseases such as diphtheria, scarlet fever and meningitis in the early 1900’s. After closure, it had various alternative uses– as a children’s home, a home for the elderly and as a hotel. Unfortunately, I have no idea as to what the timeline for those uses is. What’s obvious, though, is that these are long forgotten buildings that have been left to become completely derelict. The roofs have come down in places, the floors are rotten and rooms are littered with all sorts of trash and debris. Creepily, there are lots of old children’s shoes and toys scattered around the place– hinting to its history. There is definitely an eerie feeling to this place and I wanted to capture that in my photographs. As I took a number of photos I have decided to split this into two posts, you will find the link to Part 2 down below where you can see the rest of my photographs. I will also talk more about how I photographed this abandoned fever hospital.

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You can find Part 2 here.

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Hello, I'm Donna. I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia in 2013 and started this blog shortly after. After my health declined significantly the following year, I decided to become my own advocate and searched for answers. It took two years but, in 2016, I finally discovered I had Lyme Disease. On February Stars, I share my personal journey back to better health; discussing what has helped me and the mistakes I've made along the way. I also cover topics on self-improvement, managing symptoms and living life to the fullest with chronic illness.

10 Comments

  1. Beautiful photos Donna! I love places like this too I just wish there were some near me. The photos hold a spooky kind of magic which you can only find in these kind of places. Growing up there was an abandoned old house at the corner of my road set behind trees – it was beautiful but I wasn’t allowed to go exploring. Sadly there’s now 6 new builds in its place!
    Looking forward to more photos!

    Emma Xx

    http://www.emmaslookingglass.com

    • Thank you Emma. That’s a shame there are no places like this near you. I guess the sad fact is that most of them get demolished. I have no idea why this has been left as it has for so many years but I’m glad it has. I bet that old house would have been interesting to explore but I can see why you weren’t allowed, given the potential dangers. But yes, the atmosphere you can capture is pretty special.

  2. Donna, this post is so up my street, I absolutely love abandoned, derelict, run-down places, I don’t know why, they’ve just always fascinated me. Totally going to stalk your Pimterest now. The fact that it was a hospital is even better, they just always seem to have a eerie atmosphere. Your pics are amazing, thanks for sharing. Love this post, saving it!

    Sarah x

    • I’m glad you enjoyed this post Sarah, there’s something really fascinating about these places isn’t there?

  3. I’m always fascinated by places like this and your photos really capture it! There’s something so spooky about broken down toys though isn’t there?

    • Thanks Lexi. Yes there is definitely something creepy about all the broken toys. The little children’s shoes throughout were pretty spooky too!

  4. Donna, I am so glad I clicked over to your site from a Facebook group! Your photographs are absolutely KILLER. Exploring a place like this must be so cool. Where are ya near? I’m also clicking over to your camera post, because I need help like WOAH.

    • Hi Amanda, thank you for your lovely comments, they have made me smile this morning 🙂 I really appreciate your words. It was a very cool place to explore and totally up my street. I am on the east coast of Scotland. I’m more than happy to write more photography posts such as tips and tutorials– I just don’t know if anyone would be interested, so if you are do let me know. Take care.

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