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Great Britain Springfield Asylum.. London, November 2018

Mikeymutt

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Visited here with man gone wrong and met up with PV and JSP making quite a cheeky entry in. I know this place has been done lots and been seeing a few posts on exploring groups this last few days. But it's nice to do some proper decaying asylum rooms and corridors. It's a strange place as it was semi live. We got in at the most decayed areas and worked through and the corridors got cleaner, brighter and warmer with heating on. I walked down one stairs and turned the corner and there was a desk with a computer on and someone's coat on a seat. We spent a good five to six hours here exploring it.
Building of Surrey County Pauper Asylum began in 1838 on Springfield Park which was originally a mansion.
It opened officially in 1841 and had an intake of 299 patients. It expanded over time with the opening of a cottage hospital, and later an infirmary block and operating theatre.
In 1897 a new annexe opened which would be for 20 mentally handicapped children. Patients with learning disabilities were removed from wards. It was quite a new move and allowed for education and training for those with learning disabilities.
Over the next 100 years admission rates soared with more people moving from the country to the city. Mental illness soared and families struggled to cope with it. From the 1960s admissions declined as it did nationally. A lot of places started closing. Springfield continued as a hospital but started down sizing considerably. I am not sure if it is totally shut now but a lot had shut on our visit.


Starting with the more recent closed parts. Some lovely calming blues here.

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Hospital wildlife.

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Single room.

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What looks like a main hall but was a dormitory. But maybe was a main hall in the early days.

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Moving into the really old parts.

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The really lovely ward. The beds here was nice. But I actually liked the old orange curtains.

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Nature taking hold

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And a quick wander around the service tunnels.

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