Starting life as Aylsham Union Workhouse, the impressively imposing building was built in the 1840s. In 1930 it became a Public Assistance Institution and then St Michaels Hospital. The main building closed in 2005. Tiny bits have been demolished since, making way for a road for the new housing estate on the grounds.
This is definitely a case of “don’t judge a book by the cover” – outside looks awesome. I’ve seen photos of this hospital when it was empty in 2007. I wish I went then – it was full of bits like signs, lights, plaster on the walls (!), and even an XRay machine. The building is now totally stripped out.
The two turrets on the main front bit contain some tight spiral staircases. I didn’t find this out until I got home though!
The corridors were long and gloomy.
The hydrotherapy pool was the only item of interest left in the entire hospital.
Totally stripped rooms…
There were a few interesting staircases (aside from the ones I missed).
The hospital is built around a central octagonal hub. Some time in the past this formed an atrium but the floors have been boarded over since.