Interesting topic, I'm originally from Meriden and hadn't heard anything about the interest surrounding Altebello / Undercliff. First I heard of it was from a local friend here in Durham who had thought it might be interesting to stop by for a visit.
We've considered it for a while now, and figured that it might be worth checking the old site out, and seeing what can be dug up. I have a nice mid-range Sony Handicam and access to some nice cameras, but I like my Sony due to it's nightvision, so I can put up some good quality video of our visit.
Anyone have any advice for our planned trip? Or would there be a standing recommendation as to where would be better to visit? I'd ideally like a place that wouldn't get me arrested, but if people think those places are the best, then "c'est la vie" I suppose.
ive been there many times and ive never ran into any problems, there are houses and if u keep driving up the drive way past the undercliff and the old house there is a huge building with lots of cars that i have no idea what its for. It always seems like someoen is watching you though. Good luck trying to get into the building idk how.
I used to do security work at Altobello, back in the 80's. It was a very "interesting" place, to say the least. "Bender" used to be a patient there, and they've got just about all the right facts. The small cottage down the road, where the patients would be given alot more liberty was called "Cliff's Cottage", by the way.
The main building, at the very top of the hill was formerly the hospital for TB patients, many years earlier. Sometimes, the patients would be taken out onto the roof, for fresh air.
This building was still being used for the care of patients like "Bender" at the time I worked there. Oddly enough, if I remember correctly, either the 2nd or the 3rd floor of the building, and the top floor, were abandoned. You could see the big "ward rooms" in the left wing, and the right wing. Empty. Nothing there except some debris.
As weird as it was, the employee's lounge was actually in the old morgue, located on the bottom floor, in the back of the right wing. The TV set was right in front of the "refrigerated drawers", which you could open and slide the tray out.
In all my time at Altobello, including many, many overnight shifts, I've never seen, heard or felt anything out of the ordinary in the main building...if you understand that the place used to be a hospital, and that sometimes people die in a hospital.
The place that was really strange was Undercliff House, the big brick building at the bottom of the hill, facing back to the top.
One night, while on patrol, I was walking around the outside of the building, and I noticed that the door to the basement was unlocked. I radioed in that I was going to check it out, and started down the basement stairs. I remember seeing a long hallway, from one end of the building to the other, with door all along both sides of the hall. There was heavy debris strewn in this hallway, so it made it a little difficult to walk thru. As I passed the first door on my left, I shined my light at it, and I noticed that it had a heavy door on the outside, facing the hall. Inside that heavy door, there was what looked like jail bars with a second door. What really got me was when I shined my light into the "cell"...I'd swear there were shackles on the wall. That's when I finally got the feeling that I wasn't alone. I finished up my check of the basement (all the rooms were the same), locked it up and went back to the main building.
There was no reason for that door to be unlocked...the lock wasn't damaged, but for some reason, it was open. I didn't really get a close up look inside one of these "cells", since I had a feeling it would have been a bad idea!
As far as security patrols, the only people we ever nailed for tresspassing were people driving up the little dirt road behind Undercliff House, that lead into the woods. I think you could figure out what they were up to! .
I wouldn't mind checking out Undercliff again, but I just don't have the time to do so. Anybody going there, please let us know what you find!
If you keep driving up theres a bigger buliding with lots of cars parked it seems like its running. Theres a wrong way sign if you go up there what is that place pass the old one?