Abandoned asylum mortuary at St. Mary's Hospital in Stannington, Northumberland.
This was the last time I saw this room with all it's inside walls on the inside.
Last I saw, the three front walls had been demolished, leaving the white tiles on the back wall exposed to world and the light of day. There was no sign of the once pristine mortuary slab.
Background: St. Mary's Hospital, formerly Gateshead Borough Asylum,
was founded in 1910 and opened in 1914, when it became the last asylum
to be completed within the lifetime of it's renowned architect, George
Thomas Hine. Hine held the role of consultant architect to the
Commissioners in Lunacy and was assigned to the project together with
Hallam Carter-Pegg. After serving as a military hospital and
tuberculosis sanatorium as well as a mental hospital, the blue door
finally closed on St. Mary's in 1995. Most of her original surviving
buildings, which have remained in remarkably good condition
considering their years of neglect, have been given Grade II listed
status. Hopefully this will go some way to ensuring their preservation
and sympathetic treatment within the scope of future development
activities, which it seems have already begun.
For more information on the history of the hospital, I would recommend the County Asylums website at: