TALES AND THOUGHTS
#1 - June 2000 - December 2001
I read your
Flincher story and in no way do I doubt your recollection. I've had
my fair share of uneasy presences, unexplainable sounds, strange sightings
etc... Although I am a little jealous that you had such a cool place
16th June 2000
I like it.
I love the detail you go into, it adds credibility. I've never been
near the place myself (save driving past it in the car). Thanks for
sharing the story.
18th June 2000
I first jumped
the wall in '92, to discover a whole new world of bad vibes and scary
noises. It'll be a shame to see it go - even though I haven't been
in there in over 2 years. The old house across the road has gone,
and now modern flats are to be found there. The only blessing is,
perhaps now all the spooks that walk the corridors, will now have
families and young couples to haunt instead.
I shot a 20
minute short film there for my last college project. It'll be mad
to watch it again in 30 years, and remind myself of what used to be
there. I will agree that no matter what time of day, or how ever many
of you enter that place, the hospital is without a doubt the scariest
place I've ever been to, without actually ever seeing an apparition.
21st July 2000
My partner and I went to the hospital on our first date! We had been
at The Oak in Taplow and were talking about it. I had never heard
of it, so off we went. It's certainly creepy, but I'm happy to say
we didn't come across anything too strange. Thanks for the story.
11th August 2000
Hey, I like
that Flincher story! It's interesting reading someone else's thoughts
and stories about the place. Me and a friend trekked there all the
way from the other side of Maidenhead to take some photos for a project
once. Didn't see anything really eerie, but we did find the "dead
files" with some very odd descriptions of how the people died. I remember
that we got there at about 4pm. I remember this cos it was sodding
freezing and I'd just started my photography A-Level at school. We
shot out of there quite quickly at dusk when we found that we didn't
have a torch or know our way around. To this day I still haven't been
back there. Still living down the road from it though.
20th December 2000
I am writing
to comment on the 'Flincher' article, in order to confirm that the
description of the 'layout' of the CRCMH depicted in the story is
quite accurate. I was a patient (inmate) in this hospital in the seventies
(around 1973/74), and although I think the term 'labyrinth' is something
of an exaggeration, the main corridor was certainly quite long, and
there was indeed a chapel approximately half way up it.
From the description
of the building itself, there is little doubt in my mind that the
author of the story has either visited the hospital himself or has
architectural records of some kind of the place, or knows somebody
who has visited there, who might possibly have recounted a description
of the place to him. Whatever the case, as I said before, the description
of the building seems quite accurate. The authenticity of the existence
of 'The Flincher' however is not something that I can personally testify
to. I certainly had no such encounters during my stay in the hospital
- but after all, when I was there it was a busy active environment,
full of patients of all ages, and of course the staff. The chief consultant
for the condition I was 'afflicted' with was a (latter?) 'middle aged'
lady called Doctor Barbara Ansell, who has recently reputedly been
awarded an O.B.E . (Webmaster's
Note: Dr. Ansell was indeed quite acclaimed and presented with
the C.B.E - read about it here.
died during the compilation of this website - on the morning of Friday
14th September 2001. Her funeral was held at Stoke Poges church on
Monday 17th September.) The
medical team there certainly helped put me back on the 'road to recovery'
, for which I remain grateful (If any of them are reading this - Thanks
from me). That's all I've got to say for now.
21st January 2001
the shit out of me! I was there as a baby. When it closed down, my
mum and dad found that you could get in when they were walking around
Cliveden woods. They took us kids back there, and we used to go exploring.
It became a good family day out on regular occasions and we used to
bring all manner of things home - an incubator that we turned into
a buggy and various x-rays.
Until I read
you story I hadn't given the place a second thought. But on the other
hand, thinking back, it was a very creepy place.It was almost as if
something had happened and the place had just been abandoned. There
were, as you said, old medical records lying around - this I can assure
you is highly illegal. Maybe the reason that it has been left in such
a hurry is more to do with your experience than people would like
to believe. Am I right in remembering that in one room there were
instruments hanging on the well that resembled some sort of butchers
shop? The door was locked and had a biohazard sign on the door, if
my fuzzy memory serves me right.
23rd January 2001
I have just
recently read your essay on the CRCMH in Taplow. A very interesting
story. I have been up to the site myself before. My original reason
being that it was my place of birth and I had heard the building was
still standing after being shut for so long. I have been there three
times but can not face it again. The first time was fine. I completely
understand what you mean when you say it has a relaxed calm feeling.
The second time, I was exploring a lot more. There is still a lot
of paperwork and various equipment up there, but I think everyone
has been taking bits here and there over the years. The third time
was a bit more unsettling.
I was exploring around the area of the hospital where you had your
experience. I felt so on edge. My boyfriend kept wandering off. I
suddenly had a great sense of panic and was running after him down
the long corridor. I was then whipped round the face by one of those
cables that hangs down from the ceiling. It made me scream. I swear
that I should not have run into it - I could see where they all were.
Anyway that is not the interesting part. My boyfriend returned to
the site on his own with a video camera. He explored even more than
we had done previously. The next place he went to was the Animal Lab.
On the tape, as he is coming up to it you start to hear intimitent
bang coming from the building. From what he has told me, he went through
the door, feeling pressure on him. This is something I have felt also
and I have not been able to get myself through the door for a huge
feeling of not being wanted there. He went into the building and down
to the main lab, this is where he started to hear the growling. This
followed him around, so he started to make his exit with feelings
of being pushed out and not wanted there. This reminds me of what
you had been talking about. The thing is that the video camera had
a completly black section for the time he spent in the Animal Lab.
I do not know what is going on there. I thought we were just spooking
each other out about the place, feeling things that were possibly
not there. But after reading your story, I am starting to wonder!
1st December 2001
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