|4 new pictures have been added to the The Wards & Hospital Buildings page.
Local artist and illustrator Rob Leach from Joydens Wood kindly supplied scans of some of his watercolour paintings of Bexley Hospital, painted shortly before its demolition.
Rob writes "The boarded up scenes were my fascination at how quiet and sad the building looked. Its eyes - the windows, all boarded up and here and there a board had been taken off by someone getting into the building. I think there were many kids going in there.
These were painted only months before it was pulled down. The one with the long grass reminded me of the artist Hopper who painted buildings in a mysterious feel, nature taking back over ,the grass standing really high.
The other two were painted in 2000. I believe there was just one ward open, the one with the figures in front of the red bench.
Having known the mysterious tower all my life it seemed incredible that this beautiful building in a lovely setting was going to disappear. I felt very strongly the urge to capture the feel of the place before it was gone forever." [April 2010]