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Institute of the fallen angel, MAY 2018

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The Orphanage was opened on September 19th, 1872. It was built at an estimated cost of £6000.00 and built beautifully in a gothic style. The estimated sum of £6000.00 came from a £10,000.00 donation made by Mrs Maria Holland, a local resident of the time. The remaining £4000.00 was used to provide thirty places for local Roman Catholic girls.
The Orphanage was designed in three sections, as a place for the Orphan girls to live, learn and eat, a space to house the nuns of the orphanage and a place for visiting guests. The orphanage accepted girls from the age of two years old up to fifteen years old, although records show some girls were allowed to stay at the orphanage for longer than this. The girls were given a school education but were also trained for various occupations. There was training in house work, teaching, shop work, servant work and machinists, depending on the individual girls skills and interests.
In 1877 Mrs Maria Holland gave a further gift (the exact amount is unknown) to construct a hospital for the poor sick alongside the orphanage.
 In 1905 Moorfield Orphanage opened and girls at the Orphanage were moved to the new facility. The orphanage then became a Hospital, caring for the sick who couldn’t afford medical treatment alone (There was of course no National Health Service at the time and the poor’s health was taken care of by charities and donations from the rich).
During the First and Second World Wars the Orphanage was used to take care of wounded soldiers returning from the front.
In 1958 the Hospital became a training centre for nurses until it’s closure in circa 1986. In Circa 1988 the Hospital was bought by a nursing home operator and was renamed Mount Street Nursing Home. The private nursing home cared for the elderly until it closed in February 2003 after new regulations deemed the building wasn’t fit for purpose. 
This place had been on my "to do" list for a long time now but from what id read access was sporadic and so it kinda got forgotten about. So after a message from a certain Mr Bolt advising me to get my arse over there ASAP as access was easy but probably not for long. Well, how could i resist. 
The very next day three of us were heading up the M6  Not deterred by the 2hr+ drive amid the chaos created by the mass of bank holiday drivers. And with anti arsehole cannons, (i can dream, cant i ),fully armed, we made good time.
On arriving it was clear that this was a location that was unlike any id visited before. In the middle of the city the surrounding streets were awash with people enjoying their day off and the decent weather. Most of my visits have been at places a little more private and the fact that we had to clamber up a jenga type stack of junk in open view was a little unnerving. 
But, we were here, so ,waiting for the right moment we made our move. After an undignified entry the first thing i see is major collapse, this didnt bode well. But, fortunately this wasnt representative of the rest. 
I wasnt long before we heard footsteps and voices, heading our way. We stayed quiet and waited, and soon a small group of teens came up the stairs towards us. Just in time for a well placed BOO, to shit the life out of them. As they walked away i overheard one say "i didnt think old people would be looking round here"....Feckin cheeky kids. It wasnt long before we could here the sound of stuff being trashed. 
I really liked this place, and despite the amount of stuff that was smashed i was surprised at how much stuff was still intact. I thought the laundry room was fantastic, and the chapel. We spent about 3 hrs here but never found the mortuary. 
And now......... 

some pics.....

42386333212_165b1fae87_z.jpgDSCF8018 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr

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40631140570_437507f749_z.jpgDSCF7874 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr

42388306922_1c00fa97fc_z.jpgDSCF7879 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr

40631029880_3ea6f82217_z.jpgDSCF7892 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr

40630998050_801441e590_z.jpgDSCF7893 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr

28565717538_fc3c50644f_z.jpgDSCF7915 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr

41536357665_725994868f_z.jpgDSCF7919 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr

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40630562430_0bd7f77337_z.jpgDSCF7929 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr

41536037645_5ee09091b6_z.jpgDSCF7950 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr

42438131301_670454c8b5_z.jpgDSCF7962 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr

40630317030_f96a2ae230_z.jpgDSCF7965 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr

28565268918_ea3ca03538_z.jpgDSCF7968 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr

41714431004_a2bb834401_z.jpgDSCF7978 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr

40629778250_1c3228b64c_z.jpgDSCF7992 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr

"Is it a long way down?"
" Nah, just a couple of feet"
41713497324_ba8a92de37_z.jpgDSCF8009 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr

28563836738_21ee932ab5_z.jpgDSCF7847 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr

28565346148_ee015ff5d2_z.jpgDSCF7961 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr

Thanks fer looking guys

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what an excellent perspective with your shots and also good to see somebody put a good bit of history on to boot 

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