Inside Out: The Shoot - Continued
The Ballroom had now been totally demolished, with part of the corridor network smashed through to allow
the heavy plant access to the damaged building. The twisted girders were all dragged into the centre of the
airing court and provided a poignant backdrop for a short narrative about the dangers of leaving buildings
derelict for too long.
I sat in one of the airing court shelters for another Q&A before we moved onto the Stores. They had been
extensively graffitied since my last visit and large holes were burnt in the floor where unsuccessful arsonists
had attempted to ignite the building. This allowed for more high and low shots as I peered through blackened
holes down into the depths of the cellars below.
Our final visit was the Water Tower. It had been mentioned several times during the trip, with Martin
reluctant to climb it. But with such a successful day filming in the can, everyone was in celebratory mood, and
they were up that Water Tower like rats up a drain pipe. With some elevated shots of Severalls taken from
the balcony, we made our way back down.
It was considered we had enough (although I’d have liked to covered Administration and the Chapel) and so
we bid Severalls farewell.
(There was a subtle payback for the BBC although I didn’t fill Martin in at the time. In 2004, BBC director
Clive Dunn was working on Restoration Nation and contacted Ian Richards (through his Save Severalls
website) about the possibility of filming a piece about the former hospital and its future. Ian assembled a cast
of former nurses, patients and even the hospital’s historian - but English Partnerships (who delight in saying
‘no’) refused point-blank to allow the BBC to film there, thus scuppering the piece. At the eleventh hour
they contacted me, I suggested Rauceby, and owner David Wilson Homes gave permission to film within an hour.
Therefore I relished the fact that Severalls was finally committed to film in the end.)