The incredible ruins of Great Barr Hall, built in 1777. This chamber was the meeting place of the Lunar Society, a group of intellectuals who gathered here at every full moon lunar cycle. On those clear nights, the moonlight streamed in through the large skylights to naturally light the room and also provided a safe carriage ride home through the otherwise dark country roads. It must have been an incredible sight.
In 1918 the hall became part of a hospital for disabled kids, known as the Great Barr Idiot Colony. In those times, the word “idiot” was a medical term for those with the lowest IQ scores of 0-25, and was commonly used by doctors before it became stigmatized. This old building was most likely too costly for such a public institution to maintain, and it fell into disrepair in 1978. Even the scaffolding was rotted out, making it a bit of a sketchy climb.
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