Hellingly Hospital or the East Sussex county asylum was designed by architect George Thomas Hine who is known for asylums up and down the United Kingdom (St. Maryâ€™s, Rauceby etc.) and was completed in 1903.
As with many asylums, the site was largely self sufficient and even had its own farm, railway station and engineering department. It remained largely un-modernised structurally until some of the Eastern wards got the standard suspended ceilings and plasterboard divisions in the mid 1980â€™s.
Most of the main part of the hospital was closed in the mid 1990â€™s and became very trashed and suffered a lot of arson damage due to the grounds being treated as public, very little on-site security and no fence until 2004 (I saw them putting it up!) Even when I first went inside, the admin block was burnt out, as was stores and it was very hard to find a single fixture or fitting that hadnâ€™t been bent or broken. Despite this, I always liked the atmosphere at Hellingly and amongst the chaos was a very photogenic side where decay met destruction.
In the time I explored it, the place kept getting more and more battered with the mortuary, laundry and even the floor of the hall being set on fire but we kept going back until partway into demolition which started in 2010. Images are from 2004-2011