Maiden Law Hospital Morgue, Durham

An abandoned morgue with a white porcelain slab. The mortuary shows no signs of damage, only natural decay after being left forgotten for several years.

The Maids Morgue - Abandoned Mortuary
 

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“There’s talk of visiting a morgue with a porcelain slab on Sunday” the message from Proj3ct M4yh3m read. I don’t even remember typing the response, but glancing over my screen “Count me in” was sure enough the message I’d sent without even thinking about it!

There’s something about porcelain slabs. I have no idea what the attraction is, maybe the scarcity of them now-a-days, a throwback from Victorian times they conjure up images of barbarian butchery of the human body, often associated with the medical procedures of times gone by. Anyway, whatever the attraction, looking over the very few pictures of this place I certainly wanted a visit.

Fast forward to the weekend and I find myself walking along a leafy lane towards a hospital further up the hill, Mr M4yh3m and Peter C4 in tow. Not exactly sure which building it is, but not exactly strangers to mortuaries either(!) we soon figure it out.

The building, as is often the case with morgues, is a bit of a Tardis housing the examination room with remaining porcelain slab, body storage room, chapel and a few small facility rooms inside the tiny façade. Most rooms now empty, the mortuary has been abandoned for a good few years and shows no damage caused by kids or metal thieves, only natural decay. Peely paint galore throughout!

 

Maids Morgue - Body fridges and view into morgue

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Maiden Law Morgue – Body fridges and view into morgue

Maids Morgue - Side room

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Maiden Law Morgue – Side room

Maids Morgue - Side room

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Maiden Law Morgue – Side room

Maids Morgue - Through door into examination room

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Maiden Law Morgue – Through door into examination room

Maids Morgue - Porcelain slab

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Maiden Law Morgue – Porcelain slab

Maids Morgue - Porcelain slab

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Maiden Law Morgue – Porcelain slab

Maids Morgue - Porcelain slab in examination room

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Maiden Law Morgue – Porcelain slab in examination room

Maids Morgue - View along porcelain post mortem table

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Maiden Law Morgue – View along porcelain post mortem table

Maids Morgue - Drain in the table

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Maiden Law Morgue – Drain in the table

Maids Morgue - Table has drainage groves

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Maiden Law Morgue – Table has drainage groves

Maids Morgue - Drainage flap lifted up

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Maiden Law Morgue – Drainage flap lifted up

Maids Morgue - Tap under the table

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Maiden Law Morgue – Tap under the table

Maids Morgue - Porcelain slab

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Maiden Law Morgue – Porcelain slab

Maids Morgue - View along the examination table

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Maiden Law Morgue – View along the examination table

Maids Morgue - Slab with flap lifted

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Maiden Law Morgue – Slab with flap lifted

Maids Morgue - Inside the body bridge

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Maiden Law Morgue – Inside the body bridge

Further Reading If you enjoyed this report please also see Proj3ct M4yh3m's Morgue Report on his website

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