the creepy abandoned morgue at County Hospital, Durham (Image: True British Metal; the eerie mortuary at Durham’s County Hospital)

In 2010, Durham’s old County Hospital closed its wards for good after 157 years of operation. It was opened back in 1853 thanks to public subscriptions and donations from well-to-do locals, and was built in the Elizabethan style on a prominent rise overlooking the city of Durham, in North East England. County Hospital originally accommodated just 44 patients, but that number increased as the Victorian facility was extended over the years. Latterly it was part of the NHS’s Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys Foundation Trust and offered mental health care to residents of the North Durham area. But the facility was closed in 2010 after the opening of the £24 million Lanchester Road Hospital, which formed part of a major redevelopment of the old Earls House Hospital. The site now lies strangely quiet, and plans to turn the former County Hospital into a student village were rejected by planners in October 2015.

the creepy abandoned morgue at County Hospital, Durham-2 (Image: True British Metal)

These haunting photographs show the County Hospital’s abandoned mortuary. Aside from an assortment of last year’s autumn leaves, the old morgue is far from derelict. The images reveal a tiled room in good condition, devoid of the mindless vandalism that so often blights such places, not to mention the ravages of time and the weather. At its centre stands the autopsy table, an eerie reminder of what this space once was.

the creepy abandoned morgue at County Hospital, Durham-3

the creepy abandoned morgue at County Hospital, Durham-4

the creepy abandoned morgue at County Hospital, Durham-5 (Images: True British Metal)

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