CMH – Cambridge Military Hospital, Aldershot, UK

Cambridge Military Hospital opened in 1879 to serve the British Army. It was also used by the NHS in later years and closed in 1996.

CMH Cambridge Military Hospital
 

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History

Cambridge Military Hospital, or CMH was built to serve the various British Army camps based around Aldershot. The hospital which was built by Messrs Martin Wells and Co. of Aldershot opened in 1879.

The hospital does not have any associations with the town of Cambridge, as its name would suggest. Cambridge Military Hospital was actually named after Prince George, Duke of Cambridge who was the Commander-in-Chief of the British Army at the time. 1

The hospital is famous for its “mile long corridor”. The corridor probably isn’t quite that long but it certainly does feel it when walking down it. The plan was to have a number of self-contained wards, each for a different regiment, connected to the corridor, but the plans were changed and the hospital opened with each area specialising in a different type of treatment instead.

CMH was the first place in the UK where plastic surgery was performed. Captain Gillies had been on leave in France where he met with the surgeon Hippolyte Morestin and learnt from him while he reconstructed the faces of people who suffered with cancer. Upon his return, Captain Gillies put these skills into practice on people injured in battle. 2

The British army saw a decline in demand after the second world war, and as a result civilian patients began being admitted to the hospital.  The hospital closed in 1996 due to the high cost of running the old buildings.

Cambridge Military Hospital, Main Building - Sink Symmetry

Cambridge Military Hospital, Main Building – Sink Symmetry

Our Visits

I have had three visits to CMH, each more successful than the previous. The first visit saw Kriegaffe9 and I trapped in a courtyard for several hours after activity begin at its only entry/exit point moments after we entered. We eventually managed to get out and decided to bail due to on-going activity around the site.

The second visit saw ProjectM4yhem, The Mule and I get busted for the first (and to-date only) time at this location. Security handed us over to the military police but, unbeknown to them, this was after we’d explored the maternity hospital and seen the “bleeding doors” and still working lights.

The third visit with ZeroUE turned out to be most fruitful. After an all-nighter at another location we headed to CMH and made our way into one of the buildings. We were not prepared for what we found! We had somehow managed to discover a previously explored x-ray department that still had the power on and had functional x-ray machines!  We spent a fair bit of time around the x-ray department before heading over to the main wards of the hospital. I have written a separate report for the CMH X-Ray Department.

 

Louise Margaret Maternity Hospital

 

Cambridge Military Hospital, Maternity Ward - Lights on

Cambridge Military Hospital, Maternity Ward – Lights on

Cambridge Military Hospital, Maternity Ward - Decaying room with lights on

Cambridge Military Hospital, Maternity Ward – Decaying room with lights on

Cambridge Military Hospital, Maternity Ward - Mixture of light

Cambridge Military Hospital, Maternity Ward – Mixture of light

Cambridge Military Hospital, Maternity Ward - Seriously decayed but the lights work

Cambridge Military Hospital, Maternity Ward – Seriously decayed but the lights work

Cambridge Military Hospital, Maternity Ward - The infamous bleeding doors

Cambridge Military Hospital, Maternity Ward – The infamous bleeding doors

Cambridge Military Hospital, Maternity Ward - Bleeding Door

Cambridge Military Hospital, Maternity Ward – Bleeding Door

Cambridge Military Hospital, Maternity Ward - Creepy sink

Cambridge Military Hospital, Maternity Ward – Creepy sink

Cambridge Military Hospital, Maternity Ward - Staircase

Cambridge Military Hospital, Maternity Ward – Staircase

Cambridge Military Hospital, Maternity Ward - One of the ward rooms

Cambridge Military Hospital, Maternity Ward – One of the ward rooms

Cambridge Military Hospital, Maternity Ward - Another room with lights on

Cambridge Military Hospital, Maternity Ward – Another room with lights on

Cambridge Military Hospital, Maternity Ward - Kitchen

Cambridge Military Hospital, Maternity Ward – Kitchen

Cambridge Military Hospital, Maternity Ward - Ward

Cambridge Military Hospital, Maternity Ward – Ward

Cambridge Military Hospital, Maternity Ward - Curvy room

Cambridge Military Hospital, Maternity Ward – Curvy room

Cambridge Military Hospital, Maternity Ward - Doors with lights behind

Cambridge Military Hospital, Maternity Ward – Doors with lights behind

Cambridge Military Hospital, Maternity Ward - Interesting decor

Cambridge Military Hospital, Maternity Ward – Interesting decor

Cambridge Military Hospital, Maternity Ward - Light closeup

Cambridge Military Hospital, Maternity Ward – Light closeup

 

Cambridge Military Hospital Main Building

 

Cambridge Military Hospital, Main Building - A long ward

Cambridge Military Hospital, Main Building – A long ward

Cambridge Military Hospital, Main Building - Ward room

Cambridge Military Hospital, Main Building – Ward room

Cambridge Military Hospital, Main Building - Hoist chair in bathroom

Cambridge Military Hospital, Main Building – Hoist chair in bathroom

Cambridge Military Hospital, Main Building - One of the wards

Cambridge Military Hospital, Main Building – One of the wards

Cambridge Military Hospital, Main Building - Operating Theatre

Cambridge Military Hospital, Main Building – Operating Theatre

Cambridge Military Hospital, Main Building - Interesting Room

Cambridge Military Hospital, Main Building – Interesting Room

Cambridge Military Hospital, Main Building - Arched doorway

Cambridge Military Hospital, Main Building – Arched doorway

Cambridge Military Hospital, Main Building - Ward with arch at end

Cambridge Military Hospital, Main Building – Ward with arch at end

Cambridge Military Hospital, Main Building - Main kitchen

Cambridge Military Hospital, Main Building – Main kitchen

Cambridge Military Hospital, Main Building - Arches in stairwell

Cambridge Military Hospital, Main Building – Arches in stairwell

Cambridge Military Hospital, Main Building - Double doorway and arched window

Cambridge Military Hospital, Main Building – Double doorway and arched window

 

The X-Ray Department

View more X-Ray Department pictures on the Frimley Park X-Ray Department at CMH Report

 

CMH X-Ray Department - Radiology Room

CMH X-Ray Department – Radiology Room

CMH X-Ray Department - Trolley with eyes!

CMH X-Ray Department – Trolley with eyes!

More from the X-Ray Department

Please visit my report about Frimley Park X-Ray Department for all the pictures and write-up about our x-ray machine find.

CMH X-Ray Department Report

If you liked this report please check out Proj3ct M4yh3m's Cambridge Military Hospital report too.

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  1. Source: http://www.qaranc.co.uk/cambridgemilitaryhospital.php
  2. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cambridge_Military_Hospital

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