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  1. Severalls Hospital (also known as the Second Essex County Asylum and Severalls Mental Hospital) was a psychiatric hospital built in 1910 in Colchester. The 300-acre site housed some 2000 patients and was based on the "Echelon plan" - a specific arrangement of wards, offices and services within easy reach of each other by a network of interconnecting corridors. Psychiatrists were free to experiment with new treatments on patients seemingly at will, using practices now considered unsuitable such as electro-convulsive therapy (ECT) and the use of frontal lobotomy. The hospital closed as a psychiatric hospital in the early 1990s following the closure of other psychiatric institutions. I don't generally post reports from old trips but nobody has posted a report from here for ages so why not, it's a classic! The first time I went we spent 4 hours inside before being busted by a Gurkha just as we were leaving. He was a smily chap who didn't speak much English, I gave my name as Robert Palmer and sang him a quick rendition of my hit 'Addicted to love' before he let us out and told us to "come back and try again tomorrow" with a cheeky wink. I returned a couple of weeks later and this time we managed 7 hours unseen and saw a fair bit of the site. There isn't much stuff left behind but the long corridors and 20 odd years of natural decay are really photogenic in places. The site is now apparently being prepped for initial demolition, all the trees have gone and there is new security in place so my advice is to get down there soon if you want to see it before it goes. Asylums will soon be a thing of the past.... 1. The front of the admin building 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Squirrels Boutique was the hospital tuck shop 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. This was where the main hall existed before it was destroyed in a fire and demolished in 2007 26. More fire damage, the beams on the ceiling stood out in the shape of a crucifix from this angle 27. 28. Some externals 29. 30. Thanks for looking
  2. After a night visit with four non members I had a couple of hours around here in the morning on my own. I was buzzing about seeing this place the previous evening but, seeing the old girl in the daylight was another thing again, absolutely amazing. Had a relaxed (surprisingly) mooch marvelling over the decay and features in here until I started hearing noises about two hours in. I got to the area with the Welcome to Severalls muriel with the intent of making my way to the section where the tunnels meet when I seen a white car parked up with someone sat in the driving seat with the door open. Could not be arsed with any hassle on my own so I quietly retraced my steps out of that area and got out of the site. A fantastic place this one and I can definitely see a re visit or two on the cards. History Severalls Hospital in Colchester, Essex, United Kingdom was a psychiatric hospital built in 1910 to the design of architect Frank Whitmore. It opened in May 1913. The 300-acre (120 ha) site housed some 2000 patients and was based on the "Echelon plan" - a specific arrangement of wards, offices and services within easy reach of each other by a network of interconnecting corridors. This meant that staff were able to operate around the site without the need to go outside in bad weather. Unlike modern British hospitals, patients in Severalls were separated according to their gender. Villas were constructed around the main hospital building as accommodation blocks between 1910 and 1935. Most of the buildings are in the Queen Anne style, with few architectural embellishments, typical of the Edwardian period. The hospital closed as a psychiatric hospital in the early 1990s following the closure of other psychiatric institutions. However, a small section remained open until 20 March 1997 1/2 3/4 5 6 7 8 9/10 11 12 13 14/15 16/17 18/19 20/21 22 Thanks For Looking
  3. Wanted to see this place for a awhile now and was over the moon to finally get into this awesome site.Spent a good few hours wandering the hospital and got to see some excellent features including the admin building and it's lovely staircase. Got to spend another couple of hours in the morning on a solo mooch which I will put up as a separate report. Visited with four local non members. History Severalls Hospital in Colchester, Essex, United Kingdom was a psychiatric hospital built in 1910 to the design of architect Frank Whitmore. It opened in May 1913. The 300-acre (120 ha) site housed some 2000 patients and was based on the "Echelon plan" - a specific arrangement of wards, offices and services within easy reach of each other by a network of interconnecting corridors. This meant that staff were able to operate around the site without the need to go outside in bad weather. Unlike modern British hospitals, patients in Severalls were separated according to their gender. Villas were constructed around the main hospital building as accommodation blocks between 1910 and 1935. Most of the buildings are in the Queen Anne style, with few architectural embellishments, typical of the Edwardian period. The hospital closed as a psychiatric hospital in the early 1990s following the closure of other psychiatric institutions. However, a small section remained open until 20 March 1997 1/2 3/4 5 6/7 8 9 10 11 12/13 14/15 16/17 18 19/20 21 22 23 Thanks For Looking
  4. Monkeyboy here! This one I've wanted to do for a while, for some reason I just never go there. When the opportunity arose I was BUZZING to get here, some people have done it many times, seen it all, etc, but this has always been a 'want' for me. Probably the best remaining asylum in the UK as all of the epics like Cane Hill and West Park, etc are history. Here's some copied history on the place as I'm sure you've read it all before: Severalls Hospital in Colchester, Essex, United Kingdom was a psychiatric hospital built in 1910 to the design of architect Frank Whitmore. It opened in May 1913. The 300-acre (120 ha) site housed some 2000 patients and was based on the "Echelon plan" - a specific arrangement of wards, offices and services within easy reach of each other by a network of interconnecting corridors. This meant that staff were able to operate around the site without the need to go outside in bad weather. Unlike modern British hospitals, patients in Severalls were separated according to their gender. Villas were constructed around the main hospital building as accommodation blocks between 1910 and 1935. Most of the buildings are in the Queen Anne style, with few architectural embellishments, typical of the Edwardian period. The most ornate buildings are the Administration Building, Larch House and Severalls House (originally the Medical Superintendent's residence). Closure The hospital closed as a psychiatric hospital in the early 1990s following the closure of other psychiatric institutions. However, a small section remained open until 20 March 1997 for the treatment of elderly patients suffering from the effects of serious stroke, etc., as a temporary building for nearby Colchester General Hospital which was in the process of building an entire new building for these patients. A few of the satellite villas as of 2013 are still operational as research facilities on the edge of the site. This includes "Chestnut Villa" (originally Children's Villa), which provides laboratory services, and "Willow House" (originally Male Acute Ward), and Severalls House (originally the Medical Superintendent's residence). "Rivendell", a more modern building is still in use at the entrance to the site. Apart from Chestnut Villa, all remaining Buildings still in use are owned and run by North Essex Partnership University Foundation Trust. Since 1997 the remaining structures have changed little. Architecturally, the site remains an excellent example of a specific asylum plan. However, the buildings have suffered greatly from vandalism. In 2005 the main hall was subjected to an arson attack and in 2007 the charred building was demolished for safety reasons. The five boilers were removed from the Central Boiler House in 2007. In 2008, the sale of the hospital site, including its extensive grounds, collapsed due to the slow-down in the building industry. Photos: And of course:
  5. Severalls Hospital in Boxted Road, Colchester, closed in 1997 and negotiations by owners the North Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (NEP) are ongoing in a bid to sell it to developers. However the site has attracted a number of unwanted visitors wanting to photograph the buildings, picnic on the grounds and even from ghost hunters. A 20-year-old man was given 40 hours of unpaid work, fined almost £200 and given a one year probation order at Colchester Magistrates’ Court on February 23 after being prosecuted for trespassing on the site on February 7. Full story here http://www.eadt.co.uk/news/ghost_hunters_trespassing_at_colchester_s_old_severalls_hospital_site_warned_they_face_prosecution_1_4016240 PMSL Apr 1st
  6. After a 3am start and awesome morning at Haslar we headed through London to Colchester to go to Severalls. on arrival just as we was about to negotiate the palisade security flew round the corner in his van and spotted us so we hid in the overgrowth for a short while until the coast was clear, after we was inside we thought any moment that Micheal was going to pop out of nowhere and bust us but due to being careful we managed a good couple hours in there until darkness fell and we headed to the main gates and gave ourselves up instead of going back over the fence! First time using the new camera today finally invested in a decent camera instead of using the trusty old gopro and after spending half the day messing around with settings I managed to come up with enough pics for a report, barely scratched the surface when I visited last month! Visited with Fat Panda, Seldom Seen and a non member Hope you enjoyed
  7. Finally got to visit the place that sparked my addiction to these places and it was worth the wait! after unintentionally using some other lads we bumped into as bait for the secca we made our way round the endless corridors like headless chickens trying to decide which way to go and after just short of 2 hours we walked straight into security! probably the most friendly I've bumped into yet and nicely pointed out the best bits on our long walk out, all of which we missed ! Apologies if the fish-eye is too much pics shot from my gopro! The History Severalls Hospital in Colchester, Essex, UK was a psychiatric hospital built in 1910 and opened in May 1913. The 300-acre (1.2 km2) site housed some 2000 patients and was based on a plan whereby wards, offices and services were within easy reach of each other by a network of interconnecting corridors. This meant that staff were able to operate around the site without the need to go outside in bad weather. Patients in Severalls were separated according to their gender. Villas were constructed around the main hospital building as accommodation blocks between in the years after its opening. Psychiatrists were free to experiment with new treatments on patients seemingly at will, using practices now considered unsuitable such as electro-convulsive therapy (ECT) and the use of frontal lobotomy.. A change in management during the 1960s (and likely a change in social acceptances) saw reforms introduced including the creation of art and music therapy programs and the widespread use of drugs and medication. The hospital closed as a psychiatric hospital in the early 1990s following the closure of other psychiatric institutions. However, a small section remained open until 20 March 1997 for the treatment of elderly patients suffering from the effects of serious stroke, etc., as a temporary building for nearby Colchester General Hospita Thanks for looking
  8. I know, I know, the Tourist Trail. I had a day to myself and fancied a wander of something big. Years ago it was all about the Asylums and this was the first one for me, I only ever went once and I had never made it back until recently. Today it is more like Hellingly as it is peeling paint and spongy floors everywhere, when I went in 2007 the peeling paint had only just begun and it was a little 'cleaner'. Consequently, this makes it much more interesting to photograph. I ventured in before sunrise, had a cup of tea from a thermos whilst the sun came up before I got on with it. Last time I went, this corridor was dry and still had plaster on the ceiling! Two from 2007: One from the tower S8
  9. SEVERALLS HOSPITAL - DECEMBER 2014 Severalls Hospital history The 300-acre (1.2 km2) site housed some 2000 patients and was based on the "Echelon plan" - a specific arrangement of wards, offices and services within easy reach of each other by a network of interconnecting corridors. This meant that staff were able to operate around the site without the need to go outside in bad weather. Unlike modern British hospitals, patients in Severalls were separated according to their gender. Villas were constructed around the main hospital building as accommodation blocks between 1910 and 1935. Most of the buildings are in the Queen Anne style, with few architectural embellishments, typical of the Edwardian period. The most ornate buildings are the Administration Building, Larch House and Severalls House (originally the Medical Superintendent's residence). The hospital closed as a psychiatric hospital in the early 1990's following the closure of other psychiatric institutions. However, a small section remained open until 20 March 1997 for the treatment of elderly patients suffering from the effects of serious stroke, as a temporary building for the nearby Colchester General Hospital which was in the process of building an entire new building for these patients. Since 1997 the remaining structures have changed little. Architecturally the site remains an excellent example of a specific asylum plan. However, the buildings have suffered greatly from vandalism. In 2005 the main hall was subjected to an arson attack and in 2007 the charred building was demolished for safety reasons. The five boilers were removed from the central boiler house in 2007. In 2008 the sale of the hospital site, including its extensive grounds, collapsed due to the slow-down in the building industry. Planning permission was however granted in 2011 to redevelop the site. Today Building work is now up to the perimeter of the main site on the eastern side. This includes the construction of a new road that will link the A12 with the junction of the Northern Approach Road and Mill Road which covers land where several villa's once stood along with part of the former cricket pitch. As a consequence the dog walker's path is closed whilst the new road(s) intersect it. In my theory the new road will provide a good way to carry poor old Severalls away once demolition starts, as it avoids the majority of residential areas with a useful direct link to the A12. The new road is now nearing completion and a spur from the new link road leads ominously up to the main perimeter fence. This year, could be her last... The explore Spending all night in an asylum has been on my mooching bucket list for sometime. I wanted to experience Severalls at night (and no - it has nothing to do with ghost c**ting), but all to do with atmosphere and the gradual change from night to day and taking away (hopefully) a few half decent snaps. Explored in the always excellent company of Hamtagger and Matt Inked. It is surreal to be on a Friday late night train from Liverpool Street, stuffed full of very loud pissed up city types heading home to middle England and ponder that in just over an hours time they will all be left behind and home for the next ten and a half hours will be exclusively peaceful... 1. Full moon - it was not to be sadly. 2. Day room.. at night. 3. 4. Ok, i can hear: "what the hell is that?". I liked this effect, night sky on glazed tiles in the smaller kitchen. 5. Cold kitchen. Yes, it really was cold - middle of winter is always the best time to do an all nighter . 6. On to the next day and ablutions time. 7. I think we were feeling 'vacant' after ten plus hours... 8. Far Male Wards. These were at least 20 degrees warmer than the female side for anyone thinking of repeating this exercise. 9. 10. 11. 12. Severalls one and only chair. With the bed gone, this is the only comfort around . 13. 14. Path to paradise. Thanks for looking folks!!
  10. Visited with Hamtagger and Session9 It's been a while, but I'm back and I'm staying here for good. 2015 should be full of awesome explores so I'll be posting a lot more often on here now. Severalls was one of the first places I ever wanted to do but due to distance it took a while to happen. We set off from Lincoln and had a 3 hour drive down to Colchester to experience what has to be the coldest night of my life! When we arrived outside Severalls the only way in seemed like a bit of a ball shredder so we walked around the outside of the Fences for a while in the dark before going to collect Session9 from the train station. When we got back to Severalls we stuck with the first ball shredding access point and luckily all 6 of our testicles were still intact. The night then consisted of eating cold food from Ration packs, numb fingers and various banging noises from the ground floor. Hamtagger cheated death by about 3 inches when he looked back and saw a huge hole in the floor leading to the basement. (Exploring in the dark is dangerous kids) After about 9 hours inside we went to one of the bigger rooms to wait for the sunrise. Somehow we managed to fall asleep in temperatures of about -9 and woke up feeling colder and more tired than before with no sunrise After another hour of taking some daylight shots we decided that the easiest way out was to bump into security (The ball shredder didn't seem as appealing when you have no energy whatsoever) He was a nice bloke and said he always finds Explorers wandering around. He told us a story about how the week before he bumped into some Younger lads (Around 18 years old) who actually ran away and cried when he caught them and begged him not to hit them (Own up if you're on here, we won't laugh....Much) We left Severalls (Without shedding a single tear or shredding a single ball) History Lesson The 300-acre (1.2 km2) site housed some 2000 patients and was based on the "Echelon plan" - a specific arrangement of wards, offices and services within easy reach of each other by a network of interconnecting corridors. This meant that staff were able to operate around the site without the need to go outside in bad weather. Unlike modern British hospitals, patients in Severalls were separated according to their gender. Villas were constructed around the main hospital building as accommodation blocks between 1910 and 1935. Most of the buildings are in the Queen Anne style, with few architectural embellishments, typical of the Edwardian period. The most ornate buildings are the Administration Building, Larch House and Severalls House (originally the Medical Superintendent's residence). The hospital closed as a psychiatric hospital in the early 1990's following the closure of other psychiatric institutions. However, a small section remained open until 20 March 1997 for the treatment of elderly patients suffering from the effects of serious stroke, as a temporary building for the nearby Colchester General Hospital which was in the process of building an entire new building for these patients. Since 1997 the remaining structures have changed little. Architecturally the site remains an excellent example of a specific asylum plan. However, the buildings have suffered greatly from vandalism. In 2005 the main hall was subjected to an arson attack and in 2007 the charred building was demolished for safety reasons. The five boilers were removed from the central boiler house in 2007. In 2008, the sale of the hospital site, including its extensive grounds, collapsed due to the slow-down in the building industry. Planning permission was however granted in 2011 to redevelop the site. Pictures 1. 2. This is where the "Secreta" worked 3. The Water Tower with a bit of moon showing (I was hoping this would turn out better when I took it) 4. The paintings down this corridor must have taken a while 5. My personal favourite from the explore. This room was pitch black and we were all taking seperate pictures so I took advantage of the lights everyone else was using. 6. This is the Sillouhette of the Giant that is Session9 7. Who's up for a double dip? 8. Light Painting took up at least 70% of out time here... 9. More light painting. Either Security were blind or lazy. 10. Toilet doors Thank you for taking time to read my report and Happy New Year
  11. Severalls Asylum - Midnight to Midday The Explore Collected Matt Inked from Lincoln train station and we made our way south for a quick recce before picking up Session9. Dined in the swankiest McDonalds I've ever been in, then headed for the old girl once again at about 11:45pm. The idea for this explore was to have a good mooch around through the night then find a decent spot on site for some sunrise shots. As it turned out it was one of those gloomy mornings where it just gradually got light with no defined sunrise, but oh well, we had a right good laugh anyway. At about 11:30am we had been awake for around 30 hours, except for maybe a 45 minute hypothermic snooze in one of the dayrooms and really couldn't be bothered with the effort of getting out again, so we switched to "overt mode" and quickly met a very friendly security man (not Michael) who we had a good chin-wag with then he let us out. Brief History The 300-acre (1.2 km2) site housed some 2000 patients and was based on the "Echelon plan" - a specific arrangement of wards, offices and services within easy reach of each other by a network of interconnecting corridors. This meant that staff were able to operate around the site without the need to go outside in bad weather. Unlike modern British hospitals, patients in Severalls were separated according to their gender. Villas were constructed around the main hospital building as accommodation blocks between 1910 and 1935. Most of the buildings are in the Queen Anne style, with few architectural embellishments, typical of the Edwardian period. The most ornate buildings are the Administration Building, Larch House and Severalls House (originally the Medical Superintendent's residence). The hospital closed as a psychiatric hospital in the early 1990's following the closure of other psychiatric institutions. However, a small section remained open until 20 March 1997 for the treatment of elderly patients suffering from the effects of serious stroke, as a temporary building for the nearby Colchester General Hospital which was in the process of building an entire new building for these patients. Since 1997 the remaining structures have changed little. Architecturally the site remains an excellent example of a specific asylum plan. However, the buildings have suffered greatly from vandalism. In 2005 the main hall was subjected to an arson attack and in 2007 the charred building was demolished for safety reasons. The five boilers were removed from the central boiler house in 2007. In 2008, the sale of the hospital site, including its extensive grounds, collapsed due to the slow-down in the building industry. Planning permission was however granted in 2011 to redevelop the site. The Pictures (sorry some are a bit cheesy using lights etc but as it was pitch black i found it difficult to capture anything decent) 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Then morning arrived.. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. As always, thanks for looking and feedback always appreciated
  12. After my initial introduction on OS I have been severely lacking in effort getting any reports up (apologies!) so though I might as well start with one of the "classics"! History Everybody knows the history of Sevs by now but for parity’s sake… Severalls Hospital in Colchester, Essex, United Kingdom was a psychiatric hospital built in 1910 to the design of architect Frank Whitmore. It opened in May 1913. The 300-acre site housed some 2000 patients and was based on the "Echelon plan" - a specific arrangement of wards, offices and services within easy reach of each other by a network of interconnecting corridors. This meant that staff were able to operate around the site without the need to go outside in bad weather. Unlike modern British hospitals, patients in Severalls were separated according to their gender. Villas were constructed around the main hospital building as accommodation blocks between 1910 and 1935. Most of the buildings are in the Queen Anne style, with few architectural embellishments, typical of the Edwardian period. The most ornate buildings are the Administration Building, Larch House and Severalls House (originally the Medical Superintendent's residence) The hospital closed as a psychiatric hospital in the early 1990s following the closure of other psychiatric institutions. However, a small section remained open until 20 March 1997 for the treatment of elderly patients suffering from the effects of serious stroke, etc., as a temporary building for nearby Colchester General Hospital which was in the process of building an entire new building for these patients. A few of the satellite villas as of 2013 are still operational as research facilities on the edge of the site. This includes "Chestnut Villa" (originally Children's Villa), which provides laboratory services, and "Willow House" (originally Male Acute Ward), and Severalls House (originally the Medical Superintendent's residence). "Rivendell", a more modern building is still in use at the entrance to the site. Apart from Chestnut Villa, all remaining Buildings still in use are owned and run by North Essex Partnership University Foundation Trust (NEPFT). Since 1997 the remaining structures have changed little. Architecturally, the site remains an excellent example of a specific asylum plan. However, the buildings have suffered greatly from vandalism. In 2005 the main hall was subjected to an arson attack and in 2007 the charred building was demolished for safety reasons. The five boilers were removed from the Central Boiler House in 2007. In 2008, the sale of the hospital site, including its extensive grounds, collapsed due to the slow-down in the building industry. The Explore Visited on a clear and chilly morning with a regular exploring buddy. We arrived before sunrise to scout out our entry. Straight away we had a couple of close shaves with a van patrolling the external perimeter and then the finishing night shift passing us very close by just as we reached the fence. After biding our time, sitting tight for a short while and with daylight fast approaching we finally hit the fence and were surprisingly up and over the tackle mashing palisade quicker than expected and made our way inside. Now I know every man and his dog has had a go at Sevs and it has a reputation of being a bit a “tourist†site these days but I can now see why it’s so popular. The place is vast, with all those never ending corridors, buildings galore and everything you would expect from your typical asylum. Seeing the place unfold in front of us just as the sun came up, beautifully lit and cloaked in the early morning mist really was a sight to behold. We managed to spend just over four hours inside and covered best part of the east side of the site. As we began making our way towards the western side our luck finally ran out. Upon trying to squeeze through a tight door into one of the corridors who should I see standing at the end of the corridor facing the other way but security. Wedged in the door I couldn’t enter the corridor for obvious reasons and it would have made too much noise trying to exit back out so the best I could do was hide in the doorway and hope our high-viz adorned friend carried on in the other direction. Sadly it wasn’t to be and with a polite “Hello†we were busted. Michael had claimed another scalp. Credit to Michael, he was extremely professional but polite and it was a pleasure to finally meet the legend. After the usual formalities he kindly showed us the way out. Overall it was an enjoyable day at a beautiful site. I never did get to visit this gift shop that everybody talks about though… My photos don't do it justice but the light on the cobwebs covered in morning dew was amazing The obligatory morgue shot My exploring buddy The fateful door where our day ended . Didn't realise I had shot it earlier in the day until reviewing my pics! Hope you enjoyed
  13. Severalls, a heads up.

    Hi guys, I haven't been on the forums much recently (been busy mostly with my new born, but some of it's laziness) but thought I would give you guys a heads up. We were at Sev's this morning for a silly o'clock start and after a 5-6 hour mooch about and on our way out we got busted by Michael accompanied by a Police Officer. Now we had a good chat with them both and they were friendly enough but it turns out the NHS has been getting pissed off with people getting in, so now it seems the cops will be called out every time security thinks they are in the building so they can run name checks (due to people using 'Mickey Mouse' names) and search anyone caught. So I was informed the NHS are looking to make an example of people going in. The Police let us go as they didn't see any reason to take it further their side however we were informed to expect a letter from the NHS with a possible civil prosecution. How I have been lucky enough enough not to get caught in 4 years but everyone's luck runs out some day, but getting accused of breaking and entering and tearing down the water towers palisade fence was a bit nerve racking when you know you haven't done anything wrong. I get the feeling the NHS are trying to pin anything which happens on the site to anyone caught. We will see what happens. This might be nothing to some of you but I though I would let people know that Sev's might not be the easy ride it has been regarding security any more, hats off to Michael though, he was very fair and very professional, and after a bit of a cat and mouse game I felt very good at his job. Anyway just a little shot from the day:
  14. Thanks for looking, hope you enjoyed.
  15. It was another early start to the day for my biggest explore to date, accompanied by Upright _ Ninja (the coffee bringer) and Bamboo Backbone (the sandwich maker), we headed out all very excited about the day ahead. we managed to get there and get in without too much trouble, a little climbing involved, but it was all worth it when we got inside. I was amazed at the size of the place, and was looking forward to a good few hours exploring. We managed to get about half the way round, but also managed to double back on ourselves and we ended up getting busted 5 hours later, pretty much where we started. Clearly another trip is needed in the near future to see the rest of it, and maybe a trail of bread crumbs to make sure we don’t end up where we started again! History Originally known as The Second Essex County Asylum ( The S.E.C.A) opened in 1913 and was known soon after as Severalls Asylum, then Severalls Mental Hospital until finally being known as Severalls Hospital. It was built by W.King & Sons London, with a patient capacity of 1,800. The main complex was laid out on the ECHELON Floor plan, which meant that patients and staff could move between different areas of the hospital through connecting corridors without stepping outside. The hospital was operational for almost 90 years and survived 2 world wars, only succumbing to the mental health act & care in the community, closing its doors forever in 1997. A Few pic's, trying out my new Sigma 10-20mm lens Needless to say we didn't find the nurse in charge.
  16. The explore... A very early start again, a liquid monster breakfast, and a couple of hour drive down to collect S9, then onwards to begin the longest explore to date. High spirits and expectations were quickly dashed on arrival as we spotted a hi-viz from a distance near our planned entry point and the next hour and a half was spent trying to outwit him. After a textbook flanking manoeuvre we made our entry and blood was drawn in the process. The next 8 ½ hours was asylum heaven. Pretty much everything here for the derp-addict. Met up with the Hi-viz secca man at the end, as we couldn’t be arsed climbing out again, so waited for him to find us. He was a very pleasant chap and was quite bemused that it was us, still here since the morning encounter. He scribbled down our made-up names and addresses and let us out through another gate (about 600 miles from my car). Another can of Redbull was consumed for the looong drive back to Lincoln. Some history and pictures below, hope you like! Severalls Hospital history (stolen from S9 thanks mate) The 300-acre (1.2 km2) site housed some 2000 patients and was based on the "Echelon plan" - a specific arrangement of wards, offices and services within easy reach of each other by a network of interconnecting corridors. This meant that staff were able to operate around the site without the need to go outside in bad weather. Unlike modern British hospitals, patients in Severalls were separated according to their gender. Villas were constructed around the main hospital building as accommodation blocks between 1910 and 1935. Most of the buildings are in the Queen Anne style, with few architectural embellishments, typical of the Edwardian period. The most ornate buildings are the Administration Building, Larch House and Severalls House (originally the Medical Superintendent's residence). The hospital closed as a psychiatric hospital in the early 1990's following the closure of other psychiatric institutions. However, a small section remained open until 20 March 1997 for the treatment of elderly patients suffering from the effects of serious stroke, as a temporary building for the nearby Colchester General Hospital which was in the process of building an entire new building for these patients. Since 1997 the remaining structures have changed little. Architecturally the site remains an excellent example of a specific asylum plan. However, the buildings have suffered greatly from vandalism. In 2005 the main hall was subjected to an arson attack and in 2007 the charred building was demolished for safety reasons. The five boilers were removed from the central boiler house in 2007. In 2008, the sale of the hospital site, including its extensive grounds, collapsed due to the slow-down in the building industry. Planning permission was however granted in 2011 to redevelop the site. Today Building work is now up to the perimeter of the main site on the eastern side. This includes the construction of a new road that will link the A12 with the junction of the Northern Approach Road and Mill Road. As a consequence the dog walker's path is closed whilst the new road(s) intersect it. It seems unclear when work will start on the main site. Much was made of the announcement late last year that work would start this year, but rumour has it, that this has fallen through, yet again. In my theory the new road will provide a good way to carry poor old Severalls away once demolition starts, as it avoids the majority of residential areas with a useful direct link to the A12. If the redevelopment has fallen through, it can only mean this Essex beauty spot can be enjoyed for sometime yet. Thanks again to Session9 for a cracking day! 1. Exterior 2. 3. Once A 2000 bed asylum, where did all the other beds go? 4. 5. Found this little dude, half cocooned, in a basement and spent quite a while witnessing his birth, not a dry eye in the place haha 6. Day Room 7. Wall Mural 8. Turd Area. Why didn't I open those two first doors for a better shot?! 9. The most photogenic corridor in my opinion, really liked the pastel colours in this one. 10. Medium-level bombing 11. Astro-turf, derpy radiators, and a tree. 12. Anyone know what the yellow bars are? 13. 14. X-Ray Dept. 15. Hard to get away from the corridor porn in this place 16. The dangers of Vindaloo 17. Yes, I checked, and no 18. Mmmmm, corridors 19. 20. Kitchen Area 21. My toilet obsession, eh S9? 22. Selfie to end with. Picture credit to Session9 Thanks for looking everyone. Feedback appreciated as always
  17. Well... I thought it was about time I ventured over to the mighty Severalls to see what all the fuss is about! Along with 28DL member '12318', a sparrow-fart early start was in order and off we trotted! Access was up to the usual Sevs standard but we did it with a bit of perseverance, ignoring the inbuilt brain fault telling us "how difficult a climb can it be?"....! Once inside we headed round in the comfort of the buildings and, following the corridors, ventured around maybe half of the site until... Graham the Security guard put an end to our joviality! To be fair, he is one of the good guys and politely escorted us off site, telling us of the plethora of 'urbexers' he's had the pleasure of meeting. So, despite our stealthy prowess... we were rumbled! Unfortunate, as we were getting into our stride and had managed to see a bag full of the delights inside. Perhaps another day to finish the job! Here's a bit of history: Situated just north of Colchester (The oldest recorded town in Britain, apparently), Severall's Asylum was built in 1910 and opened it's doors for the treatment of patient's with mental health issues by 1913. The hospital, owned by Essex County Council, was the second one built in Essex to help accommodate patients in addition to Warley Hospital near Brentwood. It's design was the combined effort of F Whitmore and W.H. Town in the Edwardian 'Art & Crafts' style of facing red brickwork and large sash, bay windows giving it a simple, yet elegant look. Being connected by a huge network of corridors, the staff were able to navigate to all parts of the complex and the functional buildings housed everything from in-patient accommodation, wards and isolation units, to kitchens, laundry and workshop facilities to keep the hospital pretty much self sufficient. The hospital faithfully served Colchester and the wider community for nearly ninety years and survived two World Wars despite being bombed in 1942 by the German Luftwaffe who mistook the hospital for a factory, resulting in the tragic deaths of 38 patients. Many more were wounded. The hospital finally succumbed to the 'Mental Health & Care in the Community Act', closing it's doors for the last time in 1997. Numerous planning applications have been submitted since the hospital's closure but haven't seen any development or restoration work commence. Speaking to Graham the security bloke today confirmed that the demolition of the entire site is imminent, but, this has been mentioned countless times over the last fifteen years or so and could just be a usual ploy to discourage further breaches. I'd like to think we'll get another chance to see all we missed today but if these rumours are indeed true, the end of Severall's could be on the horizon. Here are some of the 177 shots I took today. I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed taking them and I'm glad I got the chance to cross this one off the list! Apologies for this being a bit image-heavy and all in mono... erm... I'm not sorry really! A truly magnificent place and such a shame to see it in a state of disrepair... but then again, it wouldn't hold the same appeal if it was normal! Thanks for having a look... and thanks again to 28DL member 12318 for joining me and not pointing and laughing at this middle-aged loser trying to scale fences designed for a Russian gymnast!
  18. UK Severalls Asylum April 2013

    My Second visit to Severalls aka Sev’s this time accompanied by Sam ‘The Mule’, Pete Costello, Altdayout & Sssshhhh. This time round I shot a lot more bay window shots as you will see over the 3 pages of shots. I notice the Squirrels boutique has been moved around a bit, the bed has made its way from the yellow room with the barred windows to the neighbouring blue room. Otherwise the bits we covered last time seemed relatively similar. Lots of corridor shots as always from Severalls, that’s what she’s. all about. Definitely my favourite of the remaining asylums in the UK. Hopefully wont be my last visit here. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. Posted about 70+ photos from this trip the rest are on my blog: http://www.proj3ctm4yh3m.com/urbex/2013/04/21/urbex-severalls-lunatic-asylum-colchester-april-2013-revisit-part-1/ Thanks for looking
  19. With this being the main target for the day we did have backups that one after the other became failures. After setting of from Brapfud super early we arrived and after waiting about 20 mins we were in and making our way round the site. History: (stolen from session9) The 300-acre (1.2 km2) site housed some 2000 patients and was based on the "Echelon plan" - a specific arrangement of wards, offices and services within easy reach of each other by a network of interconnecting corridors. This meant that staff were able to operate around the site without the need to go outside in bad weather. Unlike modern British hospitals, patients in Severalls were separated according to their gender. Villas were constructed around the main hospital building as accommodation blocks between 1910 and 1935. Most of the buildings are in the Queen Anne style, with few architectural embellishments, typical of the Edwardian period. The most ornate buildings are the Administration Building, Larch House and Severalls House (originally the Medical Superintendent's residence). The hospital closed€ as a psychiatric hospital in the early 1990's following the closure of other psychiatric institutions. However, a small section remained open until 20 March 1997 for the treatment of elderly patients suffering from the effects of serious stroke, as a temporary building for the nearby Colchester General Hospital which was in the process of building an entire new building for these patients. Since 1997 the remaining structures have changed little. Architecturally the site remains an excellent example of a specific asylum plan. However, the buildings have suffered greatly from vandalism. In 2005 the main hall was subjected to an arson attack and in 2007 the charred building was demolished for safety reasons. The five boilers were removed from the central boiler house in 2007. In 2008, the sale of the hospital site, including its extensive grounds, collapsed due to the slow-down in the building industry. Planning permission was however granted in 2011 to redevelop the site. Eventually Michael nabbed us, he said he knew we were in there somewhere but was busy doing something which was lucky for us.
  20. UK Severalls Asylum - September '13

    I missed the chance to do the other great asylums (Cane Hill, West Park, High Royds etc) so when I got invited to do another of the great asylums, it was an opportunity too good to refuse! After being picked up at 4am, we drove down south, and after spending a bit of time navigating the access, we were into the grounds. Visited with a few who I think are members of this forum and a few aren't (I'd name them but can't remember their forum names - sorry guys)! On with the photos.... A trip here isn't complete without a corridor shot Sorry there aren't many photos! Thanks for looking
  21. Following a overnight drive by Scattergun and collecting Mr Dystopia on route through torrential rain we arrived at the stunning Severalls Asylum. We had arranged to meet up with several other explorers inside. We had been warned that the infamous Michael was on duty site this day so knew we had to try be quick and secretive sneaking our way around the buildings. Making our way to the perimiter fence we soon spotted a police car and heard people mvoing around outside, shit bollocks bastard was the thoughts that were running through my mind. We laid low for a wee while then naviagted the outter fence and made our way into the main building. Once inside this monster of an asylum, you really get the feel this place is bloody massive. The corridors seem to go on and on, when suddenly we spot people at the far end of the main corridor. Was it the rest of our party, was it other explorers, was it neds who were kicking the shit out of the place. We decided the best policy was to head right for them, then shitting outselves as we heard a radio close by, a run through several off corridors and side rooms we had evaded what we thought was the Police or Michael. Soon we were back on the track of the other explorers and met up quickly and headed off to find a couple nice places to get the first few shots fired off. Out of the corner of my eye I spotted a flourescent jacket, bollocks hardly been inside the place an hour and we had been spotted, or had we! 1# 2# 3# 4# The lot of us ran, into a courtyard hoping we hadn't been seen, of course it started to bucker down with rain once again, but we had to stay put. After several tense moments we made our move heading back into the lengthy corridors it was best for us to split up into several groups. Unluckily for Dsytopia he was stuck with me, but off we in the direction of the male Isolation Units, we didn't see any of the other guys for several hours. 5# 6# 7# 8# 9# 10# Possibily the favourite part for most in Sevs is the corridor meeting points, trying to get a decent pic is not the easist though. 11# 12# 13# 14# 15# 16# 17# We had finally finsihed one half of the main block, so we headed back along the main corridor in search of the Female Unit, still we had not seen or head of anyone, it was eerliy quiet. Sneaking around every corner and trying to get around this place is no mean feat! 18# 19# 20# 21# 22# 23# 24# 25# 26# We finally met up with Scattergun & Star, and found out that everyone had been caught by Michael, it was just the 4 of left, 5 minutes later, Michael found us! Slightly dejected but also might relived that all the stories about him are true, he is a top lad. 27# 28# 29# 30# After being nicely shown the exit and a great chat with Michael we left to get some food and a bit of a rest. It was again bucketing down with rain, who would have known we would be back in Sevs within a few hours for a wee kip. Epic end to a great day. Severalls - We will meet again. Thanks for looking.
  22. UK Severalls... Aug '13

    ...Severalls Hospital... ...Colchester Essex... I thought it was about time I got this ole girl crossed off the list, so in the company of Luke, Bones Out, Mr n Mrs Silent Night, Scattergun, Stussy, Starlight and Mr Dystopia (ace to meet ya guys!) the day was spent wandering the hallowed grounds, we even got the full Sevs experience and got to meet Micheal! Shortly after this next pic me n Luke were 'nabbed'! After being escorted off site by Micheal, we decided to have a nose around the part of the site outside of his jurisdiction ...Gamma House... And of course... All in all a top day was had! A big shout to Luke who acted as guide on this one... Thanks for lookin'
  23. UK Severalls - July 2013

    Well once again everyone's favourite asylum pops up onto the internet. This is the 3rd visit for me and whilst planning a trip down south, I realised the others in the group hadn't yet seen this place and what it has to offer. So after a couple short discussions this was once again the first place we would hit early one sat morning. Leaving the night before and stopping off in hull for a quick pick up, we were soon heading towards sevs and with each hour passing by, we soon began to see the buildings appearing through the trees. Im not going to go through the history as im sure everyone has read it over and over again over the years, but for you lot that haven't read any some can be found here, http://severallshospital.co.uk/. We all love abit of corridor porn, right? . . . . Now what about a bit of window porn . . . ? And a few other images from around sevs . . . More images from this set can be found here. . http://d4rk-ins1ght.simplesite.com/226893173 Cheers Guys
  24. Hello everyone!! This is my first post on oblivion state. So i picked my favourite place Severalls! I LOVE this place and have spent quite a lot of time at sev's and chatting to mike all 11 visits!! The photos are taken over 10+ visits starting 2013. (The longest visit i was there 6 hours and came home to there not being a single photo on my memory card!) Hope everyone likes my mountain of photos. Please like my Facebook page to see more of my work and more from Severalls: www.facebook.com/Unexp0sedExpl0ration Thanks everyone!! Please leave your feedback and comments!! TIME TO LEAVE.... LINK TO THE VIDEO THANKS FOR LOOKING EVERYONE!! www.facebook.com/Unexp0sedExpl0ration
  25. My first post so here goes...Mods..if I've cocked it up please be gentle.. I'm sure you all know about Sevs so I won't bore you with the history.. We drove to Severalls from a sunny but chilly corner of Kent in lovely blue sunshine and arrived to find it dull and very much overcast! This should have been our first warning ! The grounds are covered in vicious brambles The fences are high and very pointy The place is huge It’s falling down We went on a day a host of Colchesters’ finest decide to exercise their huge dogs ! Apart from that…it’s full of corridors and I do mean full! So unless you like corridors jump pages now! A great day out…got to see about 25% of this place…you cannot really judge how big it is by the pics..no external shots as it was raining and the police were scouring the grounds! We never saw Michael on this outing..like us he was probably hiding from the Baskervillian Hounds ! The dark lonely corridor.. A tricky decision...left or right The Red Doors.. One of the many now empty wards.. Sevs contains a delightful mix of peeling paint ! The Red Chair...I'm sure many of you have sat in that ! Reflections of things past.. We were told to go through the White Door... Hope you enjoyed the pics...
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