“It’s evil. Pure evil. That place should have been demolished years ago.
I worked long, hard shifts at night, and staff were terrified of going to certain parts of the hospital.
You could feel the evil when you walked in, it was in the atmosphere.
I remember going down into the basement one night to get a blanket to keep myself warm. As I walked in I saw a man, in a white coat with no head walk past and straight through the wall. I flew out of the room, it was terrifying.
Another time I was at reception and there used to be a stone staircase opposite. I looked up and saw woman in Victorian dress. She was there for a second and then disappeared. I found out that she was the old matron from when it used to be an orphanage.
On the old C Ward there was an old cast-iron staircase that no one would go up because it led to a corridor that had lines of cupboards where the children were put if they were naughty. You would hear banging from the cupboards.
I worked there for 13 years and I will never go back.”
John Gray - Worked at Newsham Park Hospital from 1973 - 1986 on the hospital switchboard and reception.
Interviewed by the Liverpool Echo.