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Here is a bit of history on west park. Copied from wikipedia

The hospital seems to have been so-called because of its location to the west of the landscaped parkland formerly associated with Horton Manor (later the Manor Hospital). Although sometimes called an 'asylum' by urban explorers and the media, West Park was never officially termed as such, having opened as West Park Mental Hospital in 1923.The term had largely fallen out of favour by the 1920s and was made obsolete in law by the Mental Treatment Act 1930.

The hospital was designed by William C. Clifford-Smith (architect to the London County Council), who was also involved in the design of nearby St Ebba's and The Manor Hospitals. The hospital had been in planning since 1906, and by 1917 it was largely complete; however, the outbreak of war postponed opening until 1921. The hospital was the last greatLondon mental hospital, and the last of the Epsom Cluster, a group of five mental institutions on the Horton Estate to the west of Epsom (the others being Horton, Manor, Long Grove and St Ebba's.) The hospital follows the compact arrow design, with external villas.

When complete the hospital could cater for around 2,000 patients of mixed class. The site had extensive boiler houses and plant rooms, a large laundry and a substantial water tower. There were also large kitchens located behind the canteen and a substantial recreation hall or ballroom (the latter suffered an arson attack on September 30, 2003 and is now a burnt out shell). The hospital was also once served by the Horton Estate's own railway but this was removed in 1950 and no trace remains except around the central engineering block. The main stores and sewing rooms were located in the central block, but other service buildings such as the mortuary and chapel were located by the entrance road along with some staff housing.

The hospital was slowly run down from the mid-1990s, and by 2003 most of the hospital was closed and derelict, although some buildings, including the New Epsom and Ewell Cottage Hospital. remain in use by NHS healthcare services. Because of its derelict state, it came to be of interest to urban explorers who were attracted by the sheer size of the buildings and also the many hospital items still in situ, such as beds, kitchen equipment and personal items. A padded cell also remained in-situ and was of considerable interest to explorers.

In November 2010, demolition began of the former hospital buildings. As of April 2011, most of the central buildings had been cleared with only a limited number of wards, the water tower and administration building being retained for conversion to apartments. These are to be incorporated into Noble Park, a new housing development which is currently being built on the site.

Now on with my visit :-)

I visited west park back in 2010 so remembering everything that happend that day is going to be tricky lol. I can say we started early morning like always, There was a group of around 10 of us including Andre Govia, Jerremy Gibbs and a few other old skool explorers. For me it is still one of my favourite explores of all time. The sheer size of the place was overwhelming. The corridoors were so long and made for some great shots. The place was full of old equipment and personal belongings. The highlight for me was seeing the padded cell :-) we spent the whole day exploring just about every part of this place.

Now on with the pics....

Quick External.

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The Hoover Wedding.

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Decayed corridor.

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A Bath.

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Grand Piano.

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The Dentist Room.

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Some Dental Equipment.

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Another Corridor.

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ChildsWheelchair.

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Childrens Ward.

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Little Toy. 

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The Baby Rocker.

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Crib.

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Baby Walker.

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High Chair.

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Wheelchair.

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Green Room.

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Watch out for the hole.....

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Extinguisher Meeting Point.

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Some old coats.

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The flying coat.

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Decayed Room.

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Lonely Chair.

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Another decayed room.

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Another bath.

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Reflective Corridor.

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The Padded Cell

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This is my 1st ever post on a forum so any advice is welcome :-)

Hope you guys enjoy the pics.

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Bugger, I thought I'd fixed the bug where it copies the formatting :/ have to look into that. 

 

Nice report, good old West Park, I spent many days in there dodging security, using the service tunnels to move around between the villas and generally just having a laugh, it was so much fun to explore this place and it just kept on Giving. You've a nice selection of shots there slightly more on the HDR side of things that I personally like, but we're easy going on here with what we'll allow so no worries. :-) 

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1 minute ago, Maniac said:

Bugger, I thought I'd fixed the bug where it copies the formatting :/ have to look into that. 

 

Nice report, good old West Park, I spent many days in there dodging security, using the service tunnels to move around between the villas and generally just having a laugh, it was so much fun to explore this place and it just kept on Giving. You've a nice selection of shots there slightly more on the HDR side of things that I personally like, but we're easy going on here with what we'll allow so no worries. :-) 

Thanks alot mate :-)

 

Yeah MC Hammer was a legend lol.

Most of my older stuff is quite HDR'd tbh. I still do HDR now but not quite as heavy ;-)

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Nice one fella some nice snaps there, am fascinated with the old asylums & they seem to be rapidly disappearing :'( Thanks for posting!

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1 minute ago, urblex said:

Nice one fella some nice snaps there, am fascinated with the old asylums & they seem to be rapidly disappearing :'( Thanks for posting!

 

Thanks very much mate.

And yep most have been knocked down or renovated nowadays :-(

 

Glad I got to see this place though :-)

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2 minutes ago, coolboyslim said:

Bloody hell know it's 2010 but some cracking pics there damn good stuff.

 

Thanks alot mate. Brings back some memories that's for sure. Going to put all my old stuff up 1st  then get my new stuff up :-)

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Yea m8ty just noticed it was you who posted this. Therefore you can have ya a good old HOLY FUCKBALLS from me cause this is a stonker for ya first post. Proper look forward to what you post next. And I'm sure you will get a few more from me if they anything like this. Good stuff m8ty 

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3 minutes ago, PROJ3CTM4YH3M said:

Much love for west park! just wish I'd had the chance to see more of it! That cell is just ace! 

 

:-) it sure was an amazing place mate. And yeah the padded cell was quality. 1st one I'd seen too ;-)

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I've only seen one myself, they are few and far between, think this is still my favourite from the photos I've seen! I did manage to see the brainblocks here though they were pretty cool :D 

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2 minutes ago, PROJ3CTM4YH3M said:

I've only seen one myself, they are few and far between, think this is still my favourite from the photos I've seen! I did manage to see the brainblocks here though they were pretty cool :D 

 

 

Cool ;-) I never seen them. Only went the once. But I bloomin loved it.

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One place I would love to have visited, really nice pics mate some nice bits lying about and those green curtains are great which reminds me @Maniac (Jellybabies) 

that padded cell is awesome! Again, I've seen only 1. :thumb 

 

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3 minutes ago, Urbexbandoned said:

One place I would love to have visited, really nice pics mate some nice bits lying about and those green curtains are great which reminds me @Maniac (Jellybabies) 

that padded cell is awesome! Again, I've seen only 1. :thumb 

 

:comp: 

 

Thanks alot mate :-) And yeah the green room was nice. The floor was a tad dodgey though, Paper thin haha.

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