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OFFICIAL Cliveden Hospital Redevelopment Website
Maintained by the National Trust in partnership with Countryside Properties,
this resource - which went online in Spring 2003 - is the primary
place to visit if you either want the latest news on the impending
development, or indeed if you wish to have your say.
The OFFICIAL "Say NO To CRCMH Redevelopment" Website
This is the polar opposite of the above National Trust website. Check
it out, and learn how you can show your support for the Cliveden 'No'
Campaign. It might be far too late to save the hospital as we know
it, but there's still hope when it comes to avoiding any proposed
unrealistic high-density local development at the site. Keep truly
up to date on the matter here.
& Derelict Hospitals
A website devoted to the clandestine exploration of abandoned British
buildings. Full of great abandoned sites - including hospitals (such
as Cane Hill). Don't just look at the pictures - have a read too -
it's interesting. Good links as well, and the perfect place to continue
your online quest into urban exploration.
Cornwell's Urban Exploration Site
This site concentrates
on RAF Wyton & Cane Hill - and groovy it is too. Features some nice
photographs, and they're not tacky snapshots either. Worthy of RAF
Wyton's "photographic factory" in fact. So, trot along and
get stuck in...
I must say that I'm jealous. Cane Hill, near Croydon, South London
is an abandoned mental hospital that would make any CRCMH explorer
envious. That's not to say that the CRCMH isn't worthy - just that
Cane Hill is pure magic (check out the aerial photo and cringe), and
now, like the CRCMH sadly under threat. Witness the sacrilege to be
- for it is indeed a huge and magnificent complex of buildings, and
there's some lovely photos here. And full points too for registering
canehill.com before the scummy developers got there - "excellent"...
The original (American) Urban Exploration site and originator of the
Urban Exploration Webring - which we're not a part of for the
simple reason that we're not altogether sure that webrings are actually
effective. Add to that the horrible obtrusive graphics that come with
them. Still, don't let that detract you from this site because it's
well worth a look.
Founded in 1862, this British society is the oldest organisation in
the world associated with psychical research. A good place for anyone
interested in the supernatural.
Cyberspace home of the Association for the Scientific Study of Anomalous
Phenomena - another respected British organisation.
An interesting American site based around an MTV series with good
links to websites on haunted derelict buildings - including British
and American hospitals. Unfortunately, this site is often temporarily
suspended for excessive bandwidth usage - so get in while you can!
A site concentrating on local hauntings by Alan Cleaver, author of
the book Strange Berkshire. It details the major ghost stories
from Berkshire and environs.
This site lists places which house collections of old British medical
aparatus and other ancient paraphernalia taken from derelict hospital
buildings, which it points out "are now a familiar part of the
British urban landscape."
The official site for "The Mothman Prophecies" - a Hollywood
film based around an entity uncannily similar to The Flincher
- was taken offline some time ago now. However, here's a good website
for you which should tell you more than you need to know about this
mysterious phenomenon. Check it out and decide for yourself.
World Wide Web
A British hauntings site - with a section on haunted hospitals.
Features great photos of abandoned hospitals in the Netherlands.
Features a story whereby a British health authority was fined for
leaving stuff behind in a derelict hospital - a warning to the former
tenants of the CRCMH if ever there was one.
This is an American site - but it covers Canada too (and we are dealing
with the Canadian Red Cross Memorial Hospital here). It's a
very good site though, and even features comments about The Flincher
on its message board - my favourite being: "Cooool! I really
did like that story. I wasn't to keen on the trespassing part. But
still good story." So there.
A collection of wonderful old nursing postcards maintained by Michael
Zwerdling RN. His forthcoming book, scheduled for release in October
2003, will contain images related to the Duchess of Connaught/ Canadian
Red Cross Memorial Hospital.
Clocktower Web's Paul Baker brings you this excellent and definitive
site for anyone who wants to know anything about Maidenhead. Do not
pass GO, do not collect $200 - Simply head straight here for the best
Maidenhead destination on the internet.
About in Downtown Maidenhead
New Jersey resident and former Maidonian Bob Egby presents a nice
visual tour of the town. Discover what the place looked like in September
2001 with some interesting photos.
Daze's Maidenhead based music and nightlife website community geared
toward the darker, more gothic end of the spectrum. Right up Pwürg's
alley in fact. Features an interesting Message Board - regular contributors
of which include Mist Raiders' very own Nathaniel Hang (aka.
Grimble Grumble) and Pwürg
(Isaac Mangang and Lucas Bones) themselves. Even the elusive Ray Hurley-Castle
has been know to say a word or two.
Online home for the local government body. This site has some fantastic
old photos of the area, but be warned that the effectiveness of the
search facility is questionable. The title of the images within doesn't
always reflect the name of the location portrayed - for instance,
a photo of Taplow Court might be called "Driveway with lovely
flower arrangement" or something equally painful. Which is absolutely
useless if you're looking for a picture of Taplow Court. The site
also lists material in the archives it governs, including many documents
associated with the CRCMH (which are held in libraries or storage
facilities). Go have a browse...
An array of village and church photos from Bucks and Beds - a godsend
to genealogists, so I hear.
A site devoted to the very local Carry On films - where you
can discover what locations were used for filming - and no, the CRCMH
didn't feature - Maidenhead Town Hall (which is now likewise under
threat) was invariably used whenever they needed a hospital.
Very strange trivia - This commercial laundry company was set up during
WWI using five temporary wards obtained from the CRCMH which were
erected in Beaconsfield. Click here
for Damon's unique advice of "Things to do in Beaconsfield"
that has nothing whatsoever to do with the CRCMH...
The best site on the beautiful nearby village of Cookham - has plenty
of information on the great Stanley Spencer. Webmaster Damon is somewhat
chuffed that he can reminisce by visiting the National Gallery of
Victoria in Melbourne, Australia where there's one solitary Spencer
in its collection - but it's thankfully a marvellous one that's "very
Cookham" featuring the distinctive chain fences near the churchyard.
The town's #1 weekly read - get all the gossip first online. Updated
every Friday-ish (I think) which coincidentally is when the paper
itself comes out in a tabloid format (they dropped the broadsheet
a few years ago, much to the delight of the paperboys of Maidenhead,
which used to include myself in the days of yonder).
It goes without
saying that this website is to Taplow what maidenhead.net is to Maidenhead
or cookham.com is to Cookham. Run by passionate local Andrew Findlay,
it features a great photographic tour of the village and many links
to other locally relevant sites.
Planning and Transportation Committee meeting transcript which discussed
the CRCMH - at last, we discovered where this
Contains a walking tour of Cliveden. There's a few other interesting
things (not to mention freaky stuff that make us look almost "normal")
on this site if you have a look around.
The National Trust's partner in the redevelpment of the CRCMH site,
having beaten several other organisations for that honour. Although
the new development website (above) contains the most relevant information,
this link is to their main cyberspace home - in case you wanted to
examine their integrity or discover what else they're up to.
International property consultants assigned by the National Trust
to lead the quest to find the best proposal for the future of the
CRCMH site. This honour was eventually won by Countryside Properties.
Official site of the National Trust - The owners of the CRCMH site.
An independent consultancy firm specialising in the fields of urban
regeneration, sustainability and urban design. Often concerned with
the CRCMH development.
Canadian Military Heritage Project
This site is dedicated to presenting Canadian military history - wars,
uprisings and conflicts in which Canadians participated. Their goal
is to preserve the records and memories of Canadians who served for
their country, and to ensure that their sacrifices are not forgotten.
Houses memorabilia and papers from English novelist Christopher Sykes
- Biographer of Evelyn Waugh and friend of the Astors, who spent much
time in and around the CRCMH.
A tale from E. Besterman - a former CRCMH worker, now a consultant
cardiologist in Jamaica.
A good site featuring historic B&W maps online.
Free online OS maps for personal use.
A site full of information on war cemeteries and memorials. This link
will take you to the Cliveden War Cemetery entry - so navigate backwards
from that if you want to peruse some others.
Holds records of noted rheumatologist Professor Eric Bywaters who
worked at the CRCMH from 1947 to 1975. This website was down last
time I checked, but it is allegedly still in operation.
and Other Stories
Sporetastic Pwürg Download Centre
Yes folks - if
it's Pwürg music you're after, head over here. It's pretty basic
at the moment (and features some very questionable quality MP3s) but
will offer a greater quantity and quality of groovy free downloadable
product in the near future.
Join Frondulon and friends at Owen's latest art site - features spores
aplenty and his many contributions to B3TA and lots more besides.
And very groovy it all is indeed.
The best site online for Counter Strike gamers - designed and maintained
by Owen amongst others.
Both Damon's original website (Dead End?) and Owen's original
website (Esoteria) are now offline, supposedly forever - although
cached versions of certain popular sections may be resurrected elsewhere
in the future.
If you know of
any other places in cyberspace that are genuinely relevant to this
site - by all means let us know so we can pass them on to everyone.
Also, reporting dead links here is appreciated too (how fickle is
the internet?) - Ta very much.