Wednesday, January 11, 2017

The Horsingdon Transmissions No.11: Northwich Park Hospital

On the same day I took the photograph showing an object of unknown provenance in the skies above Horsingdon Hill, I also had an opportunity to take this photo of Northwich Park Hospital (the park itself is in the foreground) from the platform of Northwich Park Station:

Note what appears to be a cluster of aerial objects in the left hand corner of the photograph, and the strange, otherworldly tentacular striations (one of which appears to be reaching over from behind the hospital) in the right hand corner:

The hospital itself is currently subject to ongoing investigation (regarding an abnormally high incidence of unexplained deaths amongst its patients over the past few years); a friend of mine who used to work as a porter there also has some unusual tales to tell about the place and, since resigning from his post after one extremely peculiar incident, now refuses set foot in the building. But that is a tale for another time.

In his book on the history of mortuary customs in Europe since the Middle Ages, Phillipe Aries notes that, with the advent of modernity, death has been increasingly relegated from the public domain. Where once the process of dying was a collective affair involving the whole of one's village or local community, today it has become privatised and detraditionalised: an experience desaturated and hidden from view. Now so much of our dying occurs within the walls of clinical institutions that it is difficult not to think of them less as places of healing than as the boundless habitations of innumerable hollow spectres. And such things only gather at places where the barriers between worlds are already stretched thin.

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