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Messy bedroom, Nocton Hall hospital remains | by Lplatebigcheese
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Messy bedroom, Nocton Hall hospital remains

Beside the sweet, sleepy village of Nocton lie the grounds of a former hospital going to waste. Most unsettling is the mindless vandalism which this once grand estate has endured. Read on...


RAF Nocton Hall was a 740 bed hospital under RAF control until 1984, used by civilians and forces personnel, one of the country’s undisputed RAF Hospitals. The decision to close Nocton Hall as a military hospital was taken on 31st March 1983.


In 1984 Nocton Hall was leased to the US Armed Forces for a third time, this time as a United States Air Force wartime contingency hospital. During the Gulf War in 1991/92 some 1300 US medical staff were sent there.


There followed a short period serving as an RAF forward outpatient department, from 1992 until 1993.


RAF Nocton Hall was again handed back to the British Government to stand empty on 30 Sep 95. After a short period serving as a private residential home, the Hall and grounds became subject to property development having been identified for disposal by the Defence Estates.


Shortly before midnight on Sat 24 Oct 04 the Hall was set ablaze by arsonists. At its height, about 70 firefighters attended the blaze which started just before midnight. After several hours it was brought under control, but the roof collapsed and the building was severely damaged. Only a shell was to remain.


A second fire in 2005 caused further damage...


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Taken on February 21, 2009