The Abandoned Ruins of the Flat Holm Cholera Isolation Sanatorium

The Abandoned Ruins of the Flat Holm Cholera Isolation Sanatorium

The Cholera Hospital Ruins of Flat Holm are on an Unnamed Road, the island of Flat Holm, off the coast of the city Cardiff in Wales.

The Abandoned Ruins of the Flat Holm Cholera Isolation Sanatorium
Overgrowing and flourishing as nature consumes.

The limestone island of Flat Holm was used through out early history and has roots of use from Viking and Anglo-Saxon time periods. Flat Holm was used in the 6th century by priest and disciples and by 1883, 3 seamen were being left on its shores, suspected of having cholera.

The Abandoned Ruins of the Flat Holm Cholera Isolation Sanatorium
Dilapidated bits from the hospitals walls

A few more sailors who were from Marseilles yet passing through Cardiff were believed to have Cholera and were subsequently left on Flat Holm island in 1893. For several years, a small 1 building hospital tended to the few patients who were sick. Those who may infect others were left with a beautiful place to potentially recover or die.

The Abandoned Ruins of the Flat Holm Cholera Isolation Sanatorium
Chimney stack still standing tall near the seaside.

In 1896, the hospital needed to expand so the island was leased to the Cardiff Corporation for £50 a year. The hospital buildings grew to have a new main building, laundry building and a wooden crematorium among other small out buildings.

The Ministry of Health condemned the Flat Holm sanatorium in 1935. The cholera hospital has turned to ruin ever since. The hospital ruins are Grade II Listed Buildings and are considered to be ‘At Risk’. Preserving this bit of history is important and the ruins themselves are beautiful.

The Abandoned Ruins of the Flat Holm Cholera Isolation Sanatorium
Beautifully colored bricks with history all over them.

Where are the decaying ruins of the abandoned isolation hospital on Flat Holm Island located? You can find it with these coordinates. 51.377662,-3.12194.

The Abandoned Ruins of the Flat Holm Cholera Isolation Sanatorium
Aerial view of abandoned hospital from Google Maps.

Images 1, 3 and 5 used under Creative Commons License Attribution Non Commercial No Derivs 2.0 Generic. Images 1, 3 and 5 by Sam Whitfield / Flickr.
Images 2 and 4 used under Creative Commons License Attribution Share Alike 2.0 Generic. Images 2 and 4 by Gareth James / Geograph.org.uk.

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