By Space Invader
visited with obscurity and wevsky
a little history .....
Severalls Hospital in Colchester, Essex, UK was a psychiatric hospital built in 1910 which first opened in May 1913. 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. The architect of the asylum was Frank Whitmore.
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 to the Edwardian Period. The most ornate buildings are the Administration Building, Larch House & Severalls House (originally the Medical Superintendent's residence).
on with the pics ...
a good reason to go back ...
Thanks for looking
Yep another sevs report.we havnt done it so after the news of the plans for the place a decision was made and we headed up for our first explore of the day!
Now Obscurity has been bust at the fence before so was looking to get it done,and done it was we used our urbex trampoline to deal with that palisade and ninja'd our wayin..shortly after to be followed by Olz9181 and his mate (sorry mate forgot yer name..been a long day)..quick chat and intorductions and we went our seperate ways!
History has been done to death so here's
http://severallsmentalhospital.co.uk/#/ ... 4532878444
Got to a point we could hear what sounded like a power tool being used and some distant banging so as we had spent quite a while in here decided to Gtfo..
Visited with Space Invader and Obscurity
Not gunna go to mad with the pics im sure you have all seen the place by now...
sorry love them corridors..
With a bit of info (cheers dicky)we where sure we where gunna nail the tower..but it wasnt to be..
Thanks to Obscurity for driving and too both of you for a long but fun day!
Just for nelly one pano
One of the most impressive things that I have ever seen. The size of the place and the sheer scale cannot be described, the corridors that stretch seemingly for miles and the surprises that await around every corner.
Severalls Hospital was the second Essex County Asylum - opening in 1913 to relieve pressure from the Warley Asylum.
Designed by F.Whithouse & W.H.Town, the site was continually added to between 1910 and 1935, and this is reflected in the different styles present.
The asylum was situated on 300 acres of the Severalls estate, which was sold to the Essex County Council in 1904 and its doors were opened to patients in 1913; at its peak it housed over 2000 patients, both in main wards and the outlaying villas.
Interestingly the chimney attached to the water tower was lowered by one third of its height during World War Two to prevent it being a hazard to crippled bombers landing at a nearby US airbase
Happy New Year!!!
Thanks for taking the time
Visited this place last year, fantastic place and a great explore, sadly I don't think there is much left now, Enjoy the pics.
The demolished hall
One of the many corridors.
The water tower, comical entrance and what a view from the top.
Some of the artwork on the walls was fantastic.
Inside the admin building, didn't capture this well as didn't have the best of camera at the time.
Enjoy the pics.
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
10. Squirrels Boutique was the hospital tuck shop
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
28. Some externals
Thanks for looking