and "Bob-Diddley" lead the way out of here. As we tramp
along the disused concrete airfield of a road once again, take note
of the abandoned gurney patiently rusting by the side of the path.
It looks like one patient never even made it as far as casualty. Directly
in front of us, you can make out a wooden fence. This surrounds part
of the original entrance. To the right, immediately behind that lamp-post,
is our in and out point - the glass-topped wall. Be careful - because
most accidents happen on the way out. Believe me - I know these things.
last look at the world's creepiest lamp-post - creaking eerily in
a non-existant breeze, it sums the whole place up. The light has been
extinguished on the Canadian Red Cross Memorial Hospital. Once and
for all. But the adventure has only just begun.
trust that you have enjoyed your brief foray into the realm of the
CRCMH, and that my inane ramblings have provided you with a little
bit of information into the world of hospital exploration and what
it was like in the early 1990s - back in the days when everyone work
lumberjack shirts and listened to Nirvana and drank in places like
BJ's and Skindles. Now - all of those things have disappeared into
the mist of time. The hospital itself, however, lives. For how long
now - who can tell. But it won't be long before it's all just a distant
memory. But, as somebody rather intuitive once said - all things must
the long walk back to the car park of The Feathers Inn, opposite the
entrance gates to the not-so-threatened Cliveden, it's time to jump
back into the car and head off home. But not before making one final
pass through the tunnel of trees alongside the hospital. At night,
as you can see here, this can actually be quite a freaky experience
- especially on the night of The Flincher I can tell you. Never
have I floored a car and focussed only on the road directly ahead
as much as I did that night. But I'd return again - because the CRCMH
has an unearthly attraction. And it wouldn't surprise me one iota
if after this tour, you returned too. So happy hunting to you (not
that we condone that sort of thing, constable).
tight. Don't have nightmares. And most of all - enjoy the rest of
the Official Unofficial Canadian Red Cross Memorial Hospital Shrine.
Chief Virtual Tour Guide