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The Old Eye Infirmary, Merridale, Wolverhampton.

Eye Infirmary, Wolverhampton.

The Old Eye Infirmary, Merridale, Wolverhampton

The sign of progress.

Changing the daily doggie walk, I have ventured into a new territory. Spotting what looked like a burnt out tower, I investigated more closely. Exploring round the outside of the building (first along the road the other side), the canopy at the front in the distance suggested some sort of hospital to me. Further down, I could see a sign on the building that said Eye Infirmary.

Progress, sadly leads to some rather splendid buildings outliving their purpose and becoming derelict. This end may be more modern, but the rather more ornate part in the distance dates back to 1888. Despite being Grade II Listed, it has fallen into complete disrepair after becoming empty in 2007. It made the news in 2018 when Wolverhampton Council served an enforcement notice on the NHS who then still owned it. The council had attempted to buy the building, but was outbid by McCarthy & Stone, although that deal later fell through. It is now owned by private investors, but its state is still pitiful.

Photograph Details:

  • Taken: 6 May 2020
  • Camera: Canon 5D MkIII
  • Lens: Canon EF 16-35mm 1:4 L IS USM
  • Focal Length 16mm
  • F/10
  • 1/200 sec
  • ISO 100

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