The Towers Ghost Hunt - Leicester Ghost Night
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Ghost hunts at The Towers Abandoned Hospital in Leicester are a must for all ghost hunters wanting that ultimate ghost hunting experience. Spend the night inside this former hospital and see who or what awaits you! This Abandoned hospital for the insane is intense, and nothing can prepare you for your overnight ghost hunt here. Dark Shadows, along with disembodied voices, are often heard. This is on any ghost hunter’s bucket list! Ghost hunting events here can be terrifying. Doors have been seen and heard slamming shut by unseen hands. Many experienced ghost hunters have been scared at this haunted location. Are you ready to embark on your paranormal night? Join the team for an ultimate ghost hunting event.
The History Of The Towers Hospital
The History Of The Towers Hospital
The Towers Asylum opened as a hospital for the insane in around 1869. This was a hospital for the insane and became a home to some very disturbed unfortunate patients. Signs of those times still exist with the isolation rooms and the ward layout. The Towers was renamed a mental hospital in 1912 and became The Towers Hospital early in 1947. Due to population growth and the refusal of the Commissioners in Lunacy to sanction an enlargement of the County Asylum, in 1865, the Leicester Corporation decided to build an asylum for the town\'s pauper lunatics. A 30-acre site in Humberstone was purchased for the new Leicester Borough Asylum by the Leicester Borough Council in 1864 for the sum of £8,000. The place was purchased from the executors of the Broadbent estate, having formerly been the home of Benjamin Broadbent (1813 to 1862). Benjamin Broadbent had formed the company of Broadbents Ltd in Leicester in 1840 and, by 1861, had amassed sufficient funds to build a house known as Victoria House on a large estate in Humberstone. This was a substantial property and is described in the deeds as a mansion house with stables, coach house, vineries, orchard, houses, conservatories and outbuildings.
A Lunatic Asylum Committee was formed to progress the project, with its eleven members being drawn from existing Borough Councillors and Aldermen. Mr Buck, the Medical Superintendent of the Leicestershire and Rutland County Lunatic Asylum, also provided his professional input and expertise. The architect chosen was the Borough Surveyor, Edward Loney Stephens. The first meeting was held on 5th December. The original proposal was designed to accommodate 100 pauper lunatics already known within the Borough, with a space for a further 100. The building was a two-storey design, but the Commissioners in Lunacy insisted that it be increased to three storeys.
Designed in the neo-gothic style, in March 1867, the total cost estimate, including the land and furniture, was £32,700. The work was awarded to 8 subcontractors under the control of a Clerk of the Works, an Mr.S.Peebles of 9 Kate Street Leicester, who was paid the sum of £2/12s/6d per week. Starting in 1867, the scheme progressed well and was completed in just over two years, with the first ten inmates admitted on 2nd September 1869. In the first annual report, the final project cost was £50,000.
There were 11 single bedrooms on the male side, and 13 on the female side, including two padded rooms. In addition, there were five male and six female rooms classed as strong or cemented. Beds and pillows were made of horsehair, and each bed was supplied with four woollen blankets plus a thick woollen cover. Day-rooms and dormitories had carpeted floors with linoleum in the corridors.
In the East Midlands Asylum, in 1871, it is recorded that there was a total of 283 patients, with 80 of these belonging to Derby. Given that no additional building was undertaken to cater to the increase in bed numbers, other beds were erected in the existing dormitories.