Tales of the Urban Explorer: Briarmede Care Home

We had been procrastinating about 'Briarmede Care Home' for some time. This was not due to apathy, but more lack of intelligence.

It’s a little off the beaten track, and wasting 30 minutes would not be conducive to our tight schedules.

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One week it was open, then next it was doom and gloom and those words I don't want to hear…

…‘It’s been sealed again’…

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This was to be my last explore (or so I thought), before retiring for the winter months. @anidiotexplores had other ideas about that, which I can discuss in the next chapter.

Middleton care home could face enforcement action by watchdog

A little digging provided me all I needed to see.

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It was doomed and closed shortly after in late 2019. Click the links if you want to read more.

Closure of care home leaves 24 elderly people - including a 103-year-old - in urgent need of a new place to live

Parking none too close, we jumped a small wall snickering at the non-obstructive barriers, and headed for the back of the house, and out of sight.

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A wonderful sight assaulted our eyes.

“Can it be this easy?”, I stammered to @anidiotexplores in confusion.

I got silence in response as he had already vanished into the gloom of the large house.

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Following quickly and a little slower I entered a dark and wet corridor.

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You know someone needs to figure out where to aim. The crappers were relatively clean inside ‘Briarmede Care Home’.

For fuck sake, there’s no need for this; dirty bastards.

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The wankers had beaten us to it. I was expecting a ransacked building walking down this corridor.

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Sights such as these surprise me little. Throwing the nice leather chair around takes effort. Why bother?

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There was plenty left, you need to take away the positives (and try to forget about the shit, I mean literally).

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The old dears need lots of clothing, and lots were left. I was not going to dig in looking for old knickers.

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It looks normal, almost.

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Just like living in a hotel, everyone has their own room, complete with a number.

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Many of them appeared to be in decent condition. Maybe we were not too late after all.

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Brian Taylor was born in 1934. Apply Galaxy to his balls, twice a day it says.

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Very comfortable, the homeless could sleep here but they always wreck places with needles, fags, and beer.

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Even my light was having trouble penetrating those dark corridors.

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The wallpaper is suitably old. Keeping the resident's mindset fixed in the 1980s is a priority.

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In the old breakfast room; now there are inkjet printer boxes on the menu.

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How I would have loved to play that piano. Pulled down by mindless idiots and destroyed.

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You can’t go wrong with ‘The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly’

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The letter is pre-covid and looking dire. 'Briarmede Care Home' never made it to the COVID era, but likely would have folded then.

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It's little wonder care home workers leave often. Inspecting and cleaning the Urethra of old people can't be much fun.

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Plenty of entertainment for the residents, though I’m not sure you can call Susan Boyle that.

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Very wrecked and yet still plenty of goodies to mooch through.

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Those chairs remind me of ‘Mossley Manor’, but in much better shape.

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There are still a lot of valuables in 'Briarmede Care Home'. They need to do a better job of keeping the likes of me out.

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Apologies Miss Morley, but now you need to pay to watch the telly; ridiculous and this letter probably scared the shit out of her.

'We are making it as easy as possible for you' - READ: Give us your fucking money.

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Still using CRTs in this day and age? They used to give me migraines.

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It’s almost perfect. Just lose the flowers.

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In other rooms, it was obvious people had been bedding down. Tidy up for fuck sake!

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That’s me with the torch.

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On lovely summer days, the residents would sit in those uncomfortable metal chairs and take in the rays.

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Do not put ‘what’ down the toilets?

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Not ripped off the walls yet. The wankers were not totally on form that day.

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Playing Cards costs? Some of these things should be accountable, others are taking the piss.

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Terrible grammar. Someone needs to learn English.

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This one is going back some time when things were good and our government did not neglect care so much.

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What a mess and the pungency level was quite severe. It's not going to pass Health and Safety like this.

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‘Dirty Pots’, that’s probably cups of tea when finished. Many must have been smashed.

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There’s plenty of tea still kicking around if you are thirsty and don’t mind it cold.

Ensure Compact is a 125 ml, ready-to-drink, nutritionally complete* oral nutritional supplement for people with, or at risk of developing disease-related malnutrition.

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Amongst other things, it's for treating malnutrition. I shudder to think. Feed them Bacon butties and they will be much happier.

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Maybe the Ensure Compact was an alternative due to those terrible kitchen conditions.

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‘Today’s Menu’ is not particularly extensive. Lite Bites and Cakes. Dietary needs I see were not high on the agenda at 'Briarmede Care Home'.

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Taurus Security, your Manned Guards should be sacked. Not one was to be seen.

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It was quite the blast in there. Lots left to see and a few things I would prefer to not have seen.

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