Rubble and ruins where former Little Plumstead Hospital once stood

Little Plumstead hospital demolished.Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Little Plumstead hospital demolished.Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

What was once a magnificent, Victorian building is now rubble.

Little Plumstead hospital demolished.Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Little Plumstead hospital demolished.Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

The former Little Plumstead Hospital was ravaged by fire earlier this month and was partially demolished on the day of the blaze to keep the structure safe. Now, this work has been completed, leaving just broken bricks, ruins and memories at the site.

The red brick building was originally built as a hall in 1889, before becoming a hospital for mental health patients in 1930. It had been unoccupied since the 1990s, but was set for a new lease of life after land surrounding it was purchased by Cripps Developments.

John Litster, of the Norwich Society, said: 'The loss of any Victorian building is a source of great regret, particularly one as well preserved and attractive as the Old Hall at Little Plumstead.

'So many have been lost; to fire, neglect, myopic demolition and, in our cities, to bombs, that we need to preserve and enjoy those that remain.

Little Plumstead hospital demolished.Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Little Plumstead hospital demolished.Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

'It is a certainty that this particular building, unused since the 1990s, will not be replaced by anything resembling its grand design and construction, the enjoyment of which will now be denied to future generations.

'This one is particularly regrettable, as it was about to be converted for modern use, with the rather splendid façade preserved.'