The Alexandra Guild House was established in 1954 and used as a retirement home for elderly women. In 2007, it merged with Cowper Care and the residents were moved to different premises. Before doing so, the staff left a bunch of documents behind in one of the rooms. The pile of papers consisted of family photographs, letters written or received by the women, birth certificates and diaries belonging to some of the nurses. There was enough documents there for someone to obtain false identities and have access to unsuspecting peoples’ bank accounts.
This eye-catching cloth was stained with an unknown red substance. It’s unlikely it is blood.
No, the electric chair did not work
Nor did this one…
The air inside was dusty, musty and consumed with cobwebs
The name of the building, which used to be a nursing home
Some rooms had rubbish and wires strewn across the ground
A plaque found on one of the corridor walls
A bath had fallen through the ceiling which heightened the need to tread slowly and carefully so as not to vibrate the walls
Most parts of the floor was moist and decayed
This pile of documents consisted of former residents’ birth certificates, wills, diaries and photographs.
A door leading from one long corridor to the next
An unidentifiable piece of bathroom furniture that had fallen through the ceiling.
Some rooms were bare, others were scattered with wires, rubbish and rubble.