are now inside The Boiler Rooms - the industrial heart of the
CRCMH. The original blueprints for these rugged buildings will be
appearing on this website soon. In addition, there's already a number
of interior shots elsewhere on the site, so we won't hang around here
long. I'll just add that basically, these rooms are full of raised
platforms and gullies - and the two huge boilers are still very much
in place (you can see one of them here on the right). The available
lighting in here is rather poor too, so mind you don't trip over anything
and land in all that tar stuff. I think we'll move outside where it's
a little brighter.
- You've seen them a million times before, and no doubt, they were
the first thing you even noticed about the CRCMH. But no tour of the
boiler room are would be complete without at least a glimpse of the
giant smokestacks which rise above the yard here. If the hospital
had a trademark, then this would be it - unmistakably CRCMH. A truly
daunting sight - and the skyline of the forest will never look the
same again if they tear them down.
lower than the chimneys, but still fairly high up, you'll notice these
huge doors which presumably open up onto the yard. It makes you think
"what on earth did they used to get up to here?"...perhaps.
But it gets stranger. Much stranger.
- Explosives! is scrawled on the wall in gothic German script.
Well, not so much scrawled as lovingly crafted. I really wish we could
tie up this "Patton" thing - there's German writing everywhere.
To say that it all adds ambience to the place is an understatement.
It's enough to take you back to Nazi Germany - even if you were never
there in the first place.
here's more of it - at the Western end of the yard. It says what appears
to be Bersorgungslager and I can't figure out for the life
of me what that's supposed to mean. So if any of you know a thing
or two about German...
...and Lo &
Behold - it seems that some of you do (hurrah!):
By way of
thanks for the site, I used my GCSE in German to translate that text
for you, the one towards the end of the tour. Bersorgungslager without
the first 'R' translates as "provisions store" or something along
those lines. Hope that sheds some light on things.
(who I think may be slightly more German) writes:
Hi - I just
took the virtual tour of the CRCMH (lovely place by the way) and noticed
that you wonder what Bersorungslager means. It's actually Versorungslager
and it means supply depot.
Thanks guys for
that - and now I think we get the idea. If you'd like to see a better
quality version of the strange text, there's a good photo of it on
the Wire Jesus Collection page of the Photographs section
once you get back to the main part of the site.
back to the tour. At the Western end of the yard, you can see that
Lucas, Isaac and Alaric are feeling somwhat parched now and wouldn't
mind heading off home for a nice cup of tea and a slice of coffee
(or indeed a frothing pint or two of Bersorgungslager). So,
what we'll do is head out through the yard. This is pretty much the
closest point of the buildings to the entrance wall, so it's a fairly
convenient place to conclude a hard days exploration.
Ormrod-Spink is looking weary as he examines the assorted junk inside
what has now become a car scrap yard. It's temping to say that there's
more junk here than in the rest of the hospital put together - but
that might be exaggerating just a tad.
through the gate we go, out into the open expanse on the Eastern side
of the grounds - leaving an awful lot of rubbish behind us. Thankfully,
we weren't responsible for any of it. Shame on you NHS, shame...
keep on walking - you're not quite home yet.