BARNES HOSPITAL – MANCHESTER

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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Barnes Hospital

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.

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Barnes Hospital

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

 

 

Plokstines Missile Base – threat to the Europe

The Soviet missile base in Lithuania was a big threat to the Western Europe during the Cold War. It was able to destroy any city in Europe. From 1963 to 1978, 4 mid-range ballistic missiles SS-4 equipped with 2 megatons of thermonuclear power were located at Plokstine’s base in Lithuania. In comparison, the atomic bomb that hit Hiroshima was ready just for 13-16 kilotons.

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Lay-figure

The base was built at Ploksciai village, next to Plateliai Lake. This location was chosen because of the perfect surrounding of lakes and forests, which made hard to locate a secret base. Infrastructure was changed according to the needs of the base.

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Plokstine Missile Base

The whole compound was completed in 2 years (1960 – 1962). More than 10,000 soldiers worked on the necessary facilities during its construction, most of them from Estonia. During the construction period all the people who lived nearby were evicted. The whole base was under rigorous security conditions and had 6 different security lines around it.

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Entrance to the bunker

A missile launched from the base was able to reach any destination within 2,000 kilometres range. For the most of the time the missiles were pointed towards Norway, Denmark, United Kingdom, Spain, Turkey and West Germany.

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Lay-figure 2

The base was closed in 1978 when the US intelligence learned about its location. All the missiles were brought back to Russia. After that the base was left abandoned.

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Silo

In 2012 it was opened for the tourists and since then anyone can come to the base and see by themselves the destructive power the Soviet Union was ready to launch against the Western Europe. The tour gives you a chance to feel real Soviet Union atmosphere and see how tons of money were spent to create an underground base. Every year thousands of tourists come to visit this place and have only the best to say afterwards.

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Plokstine Missile Base 2

 

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Doorway

 

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Soviet Propaganda

 

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Lay-figure 3
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Missiles 
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Soviet Guns
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Museum
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Plokstine Missile Base Landscape

Check out more:

http://kelioneslietuvoje.com/saltojo-karo-muziejuje-arba-karineje-bazeje
https://www.marxists.org/history/cuba/subject/missile-crisis/preface.htm

http://coldwarsites.net/country/lithuania/plokstine-missile-base-museum-of-cold-war

http://www.alfa.lt/straipsnis/15752657/saltojo-karo-muziejuje-arba-karineje-bazeje

Sources:

http://www.visitlithuania.net/sightseeing-in-lithuania/cruise-service-shore-excursions/1590-plokstine-soviet-nuclear-missile-base

http://www.thebohemianblog.com/plokstine-missile-base-a-lithuanian-cold-war-museum

http://www.roamingrequired.com/exploring-a-secret-nuclear-missile-base/

http://www.roamingrequired.com/exploring-a-secret-nuclear-missile-base/

http://www.atlasobscura.com/places/dvina-missile-silo

https://www.flickr.com/photos/45747400@N05/17300783481/in/photolist-smP3bn-snEYdc-s8om4U-s67Ssb-4yrSDB-4yw93Y-aB32uk-aB32UH-9acAfs-nEXpXt-2Uut9a-2UusfB-2RsoST-2UyQdb-F5T3Uk-avqg69-avqg37-avnBdk-avqg8Y-avqg77-avqgaQ-avnBi8-avqgbS-aB33wt-2RsmVz

https://www.flickr.com/photos/sergorlov/6240122906/in/photolist-avqg8Y-4yrSDB-4yw93Y-avqg77-avqgaQ-avnBi8-avqgbS-aB33wt-2RsmVz-aB5Jpj-iTMLyv-rpNPQJ-4yxLNS-iTN3TK-4yvZcN-4yxA87-avqg55-4yrMD2-4ywWDs-4yrJXz-4yrNoc-4Aiff6-iTNonW-4ywv9m-kwgzEi-4yvYDs-4ypEcS-4yszKT-4ys8N6-4ywrfu-4ysfwp-iTLq4g-4ywk4S-4yw6qY-4yw7fq-4ykrQT-4AnAXo-iTLEXp-4ywvUo-4yw1hU-4ywrGA-iTMN32-4yrFg6-4ykgBk-4Aih5r-4AnzpG-4yRrbe-4yRtFx-iTQ7ns-4ySZ1U/

 

Author: Dovydas Cincius