The story continues: Demolition and Developments.
September 2001 – The south end of the hospital bordering on St Quintin Avenue, still owned by the NHS.
September 2001 – Demolition of the south end of the hospital, looking towards St Quintin Avenue.
January 2002 – The foundations of the Nursing Home, looking towards St Charles Hospital.
February 2003 – The Princess Louise of Kensington Nursing Home from St Quintin Avenue, with Pangbourne Avenue on the left.
1 April 2006 – Main entrance showing ambulances and cars in the car park.
1 April 2006 – The Day Hospital, ambulances and hospital notice
1 April 2006 – ‘The Doctor’s house’, with the houses of Oakworth Road on the left and St Charles Hospital tower on the right
1 April 2006-The middle section of the hospital, Pangbourne Avenue in the spring (the hospital entrance on the left, St Quintin Avenue on the right)
Secret Cinema, November 2010
After the hospital had been sold but not yet demolished, the building was often used by film companies, including ‘Secret Cinema’. A notice was sent to neighbours stating that “During November, with the help of Mind, the mental health charity, we will be showing a classic film in the Old Princess Louise Hospital. The event will combine the screening of the film, theatrical installations, audience participation and discussion with professional associations”. Those attending did not know what film would be shown until ‘One flew over the Cuckoo’s nest’ was shown on the screen at the end of the evening. Everyone who had paid to come to the event had been asked in advance to arrive at Ladbroke Grove station where they would be directed to the venue; they were to wear a dressing gown and bring a toothbrush!
The queue to attend the event outside the gates (note the dressing gown!)
The ‘staff’ (nurses and doctors) preparing the tables with the wrist bands and labels for the ‘patients’ about to be admitted to the ‘Oregon State Hospital’ (note OSH on the board outside).
The Hospital demolition September – December 2012
October 2012 – the front has almost gone.
First views of Kensington Memorial Park from Pangbourne Avenue, October 2012
The Memorial Park and St Charles Hospital tower, November 2012
Work in progress; Pangbourne Avenue, ‘the Doctor’s house’ and St Charles Hospital tower, November 2012
Pangbourne Avenue, the hospital gone – demolition finished? Workmen’s office on the left with cars, new building site offices going up on the right, December 2012.
Recorded by Mary Lambert