The building is Grade 2 listed but has been allowed to
fall into an extremely bad state of disrepair, in fact it
is probably almost irreparable. We have some extremely good
footage on camcorder of orbs, lights, ghostly shadows etc.
We also experienced a lot of physical contact from spirit
including the feeling of one particular spirit passing through
our bodies. A full report of this investigation will be
published on this site as soon as we are able to go public
with it. We obtained some strange video footage at this
site (lights and shadows/mists).
Orignally Middlewood hospital was known as South Yorkshire
Asylum (1872-1890) It then became West Riding Asylum, Wadsley
(1890-1930) apart from a couple of years from 1915 onwards
when the hospital was evacuated by the military to be used
as Wharncliffe War Hospital.From 1930 the hospital became
Wadsley Mental hospital and remained so until 1939 when
2,200 patients were evacuated so that the hospital could
once again be used as a war hospital. After the military
had finished with it, the hospital again became Wadsley
mental hospital until 1948 when it became Middlewood hospital.
The hospital closed in 1998 when it was demolished to make
way for a housing estate. The only original building still
standing is the Administration block which is a Grade 2
listed building which as part of the contract of sale was
supposed to be renovated. The building is now practically
irrepairable. The owners, I think, are hoping it will fall
down(with a litle help, I may add) so that they can build
38 new apartments on the site.
After doing some research at the local library we have
come up with some interesting documentation. 1872- After
furnishing the wards and appointing staff, the Asylum was
declared ready for opening on August 21st. The total cost
of providing the site, and for the erection and furnishings
up to September 29th, the end of the financial year, was
of land, buildings and burial
of building and works connected therewith
Meaning, therefore, that if Middlewood mental hospital
was built on a burial ground then so is the new housing
estate they have just built on the site.
The site is also home to some 300 million year old fossil
trees. These fossils are going to be covered up and preserved.
Not all the original inmates of the hospital were lunatics,
some were paupers from the workhouses who were no longer
able to work, some were women suffering from post-natal
depression and some were suffering from things like epilepsy.
Insulin shock treatment was introduced into the hospital
in 1935 for the treatment of schizophrenia. The hospital
also had a mortuary and post mortem room.
We have lots more information and photographs which we
may add at a later date.
Thursday April 30th 2009 ONGOING. A couple that rented one of the apartments
in the adminstration building had serious paranormal happenings
which disturbed them so much that they have since moved.
They are a level headed business couple in their 40's who
are not prone to flights of fancy. We visite
the site several times over a six week period. below are
some the results we obtained.
Investigation teams Brenda, John, Steve.
Brenda, Steve, Mikey, joined by Denise. Brenda and Steve
.Brenda, Julie, Carrie, Joyce. So far we have had the sensor
alarms going of on four seperate occasions (contact had
to be broken for this to occur, happenand once when the
main 'haunter' was asked to show hinself), knocking from
under the bed, heavy footsteps and light coming on in corridor
when no one was there, security chain taken off of door,
whispering, moanining, whistling and short bursts of a child
crying, tiny flasihing blue lights, sound of metal objects
being scaped together (bit like when supermarket trolleys
scrape together), glass marble triggers objects reacting
as if they were magnetic, equipment batteries drained, mobile
phones drained, video cameras turning themselves off when
there was still tape left, digital recorders turning off,
dictaphones rewinding, presences felt, feelings of nausea
and stomach pains, oppression, various spirits speaking
through the medium giving names and dates, other noises,
lights and occurrences that could be attributed to natural
causes. Whispering and Moaning, Strange shapes and shadows.
As yet nothing but orbs caught on cameras and camcorders.