... and welcome to The Shrine - the original resource for that most mysterious of places
The Canadian Red Cross Memorial Hospital
Taplow, Maidenhead, Berkshire, England.
1940 - 2006
of Lee Hillon
UPDATE: Forum ...
Do make sure you visit our FORUM. We're still getting a lot of email enquiries which would perhaps be better answered if people would post their questions or thoughts in the forum for all to see and potentially assist with. The forum is clearly the central way of the future for The Shrine, so don't be shy. This website can only get better if you contribute to it.
And while I'm here, thanks to Marchi Eduardo for adding to our plethora of corrected information regarding the Duchess of Connaught.
And reiterating some still brilliant news for you:
CRCMH-inspired book released on 3rd April 2008 ...
"... a character and a world that lives on long after the pages have been read."
Yes indeed, lucky readers - here's a new work you might want to check out from the British novelist and critic Adam Mars-Jones. The long-awaited Pilcrow follows the internal and external struggles of John Cromer, a boy growing up disabled and gay in the 1950s - and rumour has it that a fair portion of the book is set in the CRCMH.
If you'd care to investigate the intrigue surrounding what looks set to become one of the decade's most compelling novels then why not join us at The Shrine in ordering your copy of Pilcrow HERE.
More soon - including our rundown on which homes in the new Cliveden Village Estate you might not want to live in (cue spooky noises).
in March 2002, The Shrine hit cyberspace at a time when there wasn't
a single (useful) online mention of the CRCMH (as it shall subsequently
be referred to within - just
to make life easier). There are now two other 'proper' websites
based around the hospital - one that details and promotes the current
redevelopment proposals, and another being an effort to stop these
construction plans altogether. Offically, The Shrine sits on neither
side of this proverbial fence and, as such, still remains the sole
CRCRH internet realm that isn't politically motivated. It's a vast
and useful resource - indeed, you'll find more relating to the hospital
within than on the rest of the web put together - but it's here
purely for your enjoyment. So, what's the deal?
you were hoping to make an appointment at the hospital, you've come
to the wrong place. Actually, there is no right place to go. The
CRCMH closed its doors to the public in the darkest depths of 1985.
Or so it was believed ...
wiped from the face of the Earth forever in early 2006, the
derelict buildings and grounds had become a unique source of adventure
and intrigue for more Maidenhead citizens of all ages than would
freely admit. Over the past two decades, the CRCMH firmly established
itself as the town's equivalent of the Guatemalan city of Tikal,
or Cambodia's Angkor temples.
Although centuries younger, the CRCMH's eerie setting as a vast
abandoned complex in a remote overgrown forest was more awe inspiring
than any officially recognised historical sites in the region.
central purpose of this website is to give the CRCMH the attention
it deserves as one of Maidenhead's foremost mystical and historic
locations. There's far more for the CRCMH researcher here than on
the rest of the web put together. These pages will take you on a
journey through some interesting and sometimes intriguing facets
of the CRCMH. You will discover visuals of the site, tales of exploration,
insights into life as a patient, recovered artefacts, historical
information, obscure trivia, and a whole lot more. And yes, there's
even some ghost stories.
that the end has finally arrived, the last hospital brick removed
from the hallowed grounds of Cliveden's woods,
a further excuse for the existence of this site is to preserve as
many memories, images and tales about the CRCMH as we can, so that
the people of Maidenhead and beyond can forever reminisce. For that
reason, you are absolutely encouraged to contribute as much as you
can to this project. We thoroughly welcome your input - be that
in the form of photographs, your experiences of the place (both
before and after its closure), or indeed whatever you so desire
to immortalise for all to see.
the duration of your online CRCMH relationship, you may or may not
be aware that you are now viewing The Shrine at its brand new and
easy to remember cyberspace home - crcmh.com - and we ask that you
bear in mind that this website is very much in the process of being
revamped. As a result, you may well discover that certain links
might be broken or that things just aren't working properly. Please
try not to get irate or email us about any such concerns - we're
all too aware of these matters and are at present slowly working
through all the things that need tweaking, so that everything will
be up and running again soon. Therefore, do be patient (and not
a patient) - because before you know it, you'll be surfing
The Shrine in all of its glory once more. Yay!
thank you for visiting - we trust that you'll enjoy your stay...
& strange Bohemian types (allegedly)
we get asked all the time
Keep up to date with the future
proposals for the CRCMH site
Why not kick off your visit with
a Virtual Tour of the CRCMH!
And when you're done here,
join in or create a new discussion.