Scene shot as found.

Featured in ‘Urbex: A Hazardous Addiction’, February 2012.

St Gerard’s is a small, abandoned hospital located near Birmingham (Warwickshire Orthopaedic Hospital for Children) and forms part of the Father Hudson Buildings (including a closed Boys Home, St Edward’s). The hospital closed in 1998 (St Edward’s having closed in 1988). More history can be found here, but in summary from that site:

“The Birmingham Diocesan Rescue Society for the Protection of Homeless and Friendless Catholic Children was established in 1902 with Father Hudson as its first Secretary and Administrator. Father Hudson remained in Coleshill from 1898 until 1934. During that time the work of the Rescue Society grew, in particular the children’s homes. Its expansion included St Gerard’s hospital for children. St. Gerard’s was the result of Father Hudson’s vision for a purpose built infirmary, not just for the boys of St. Edwards but for those from all Catholic homes in the Diocese and the Catholic children from the workhouse hospitals.”

I can only speculate as to the reasons for these closures, which are no doubt numerous, but do include the tragic connection to the site of subsequently convicted paedophile Catholic priest/s.

Many thanks to Andrew for the inspiration (and more!) for my visit.

Featured in ‘Deepest, Darkest Fears’, January 2012.

A photograph is a trace of its subject. The viewer and the image belong to each other. Capturing these traces is a passion, an obsession for me. I hope the thrill comes through in my images.

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  • Vicki Spindler (VHS Photography)
    Vicki Spindler...about 3 years ago

    WOW amazing shot!!!! And the history is so interesting as well, I’d love to visit these places! :))))))))))))))))))))))))))

  • Richard Pitman
    Richard Pitmanabout 3 years ago

    Looks like something from Saw. This has much more style though, obviously. :)

  • Tammera
    Tammeraabout 3 years ago


  • vampvamp
    vampvampabout 3 years ago

    fab girl!

  • sandygrafik
    sandygrafikabout 3 years ago

    WOW! So disturbing!
    Thanks for sharing the history behind the shot

  • Andrew Bret Wallis
    Andrew Bret Wa...about 3 years ago

    Wonderfully surreal dreamscape – jumps off the page and grabs you by the throat! :)

  • leunig
    leunigabout 3 years ago

  • I’m delighted! Thank you Leunig.

    – Josephine Pugh

  • Perggals© - Stacey Turner
    Perggals© - St...over 1 year ago


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