Monday, 20 July 2009

Good Graffiti and bad Graffiti at the Vue Cinema, fragments of Haine Hospital.

One somewhat unusual source for the historian is graffiti in this particular case at the Vue Cinema at Westwood Cross once the site of a hospital.

This hospital founded in 1902 operated under various names:

Isle of Thanet Joint Isolation Hospital (1902-1948)
Ramsgate Infectious Diseases Hospital (1902 - 1948)
Isolation Hospital, Haine (1948 - c.1955)

All that remains of the hospital now is part of the wall that formed the entrance gateway and inscribed into some of the brick is the graffiti of soldiers who were patients there during both world wars.

The worry now is that this may be obliterated by modern graffiti iscribed into the bricks by people waiting for films.

The customer of mine who voiced his concerns about this gave me these photographs of the names inscribe into the bricks.

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