Boiler Room area is one of the first places that CRCMH explorers
tend to flock to - perhaps because of its proximity to the old
entrance - and the fact that its tall chimneys can be seen from
miles away, towering above the woods (try standing on Widbrook
Common in Maidenhead and gaze eastwards - they're quite imposing
at dawn). They're also menacing at on a misty moonlit night,
casting tall shadows around the yard. They were also once home
to one of the strangest pieces of memorabilia that we ever found
- an original set of blueprints.
are in the form of one huge single sheet - 80cm by 1 metre in size
- drawn up in 1972 for the purpose of converting the boilers to an
oil firing system. They provide a good plan of the whole Boiler Room
building and yard alongside more detailed views of the boilers. Dare
I say, obviously, the sheet is too large to scan in its entirety,
so here you will discover a series of elements from it. These are
- understandably after 30 years - a bit crumpled, but the intentions
of the document can still be determined. The image below attempts
to demonstrate roughly where each component is found on the original
sheet. Choose a number and click on a zone for an enlargement.
69kb - The sheet
label - what, who & when and a good place to begin. This looks
kind of funky for some unknown reason.
89kb - "Canadian
Red Cross Memorial Hospital North Boilerhouse Showing Existing Chain
Grate Stokers + Proposed Oil Storage" - is the actual title
of this part. An overhead plan of the rooms and yard.
14kb - "Elevation
- Proposed Fuel Oil Storage" - Yes, it's a tank.
49kb - "Scrap
Section Showing Method Of Fitting Controls To Boiler Shell Using Welded
Pads" - Quite literally "riveting" stuff.
- There is no five - it was bulldozed to make way for a yuppie housing
estate. No, actually it's because my brain wasn't working properly
when I produced the above graphic and I can't be bothered changing
65kb - "Schematic
Arrangement Fuel + Boiler Feed Lines" - This is another overhead
view - and you'll notice numbers 1 - 21 listed in circles around it.
These apply to the notes on the final two images.
83kb - Notes for
image 6 - Numbers 1 - 10.
79kb - Notes for
image 6 - Numbers 11 - 21.
project appears to have been commissioned by the Windsor Group Hospital
Management Committee - contact us if you're aware that it was ever
actually carried out. The plans clearly show new tanks outside the
Boiler Room. Unless they are underground (a very likely possibility),
they are not visible on the site today. The internal boilers are however
still in place.