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  1. Here's a little selection of some of the more random, less-obvious shots from 10 years of exploring asylums. One shot each from most of the ones I've visited. Thought I'd try and avoid the obvious shots a little. Aston Hall (Nottinghamshire Mental Defective Colony, opened in 1930) Ward block Bangour Village (West Lothian District Asylum, opened in 1906) Main administration block Barrow (2nd Bristol Borough Mental Hospital, opened in 1938) Main corridor Bethel (Charitable public asylum, opened in 1713) Day room Bethlem Royal (4th incarnation of "Bedlam" (founded in 1247), initially for private middle-class patients, opened in 1930) Admin block staircase Cane Hill (3rd Surrey County Asylum, opened in 1883) Chapel altar Carlton Hayes (Leicestershire & Rutland County Asylum, opened in 1904) Chapel Cefn Coed (Swansea Borough Mental Hospital, opened in 1932) South-eastern view of ward block and water tower Colney Hatch (aka Friern, 2nd Middlesex County Asylum, later 2nd London County Asylum, opened in 1851) Admin block tower Denbigh (aka North Wales Asylum, opened in 1848) View from ward block window towards admin block clock tower Fairfield (Three Counties Asylum (for Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire & Huntingdonshire), opened in 1860) South east view of main block Fair Mile (Berkshire County Asylum, opened in 1870) South-east view of main block Fulbourn (Cambridgeshire & Ely County Asylum, opened in 1858) Main elevation (admin block in centre) Gartloch (Glasgow District Asylum, opened in 1896) View from dormitory window Glenside (Bristol Borough Asylum, opened in 1861) Chapel window Goodmayes (West Ham Borough Asylum, opened in 1901) Gallery with cell doors Hanwell (Middlesex County Asylum, later first London County Asylum, opened in 1831) Main corridor in female wing Harperbury (Middlesex Mental Defective Colony, opened in 1934) Dormitory Hartwood (Lanarkshire District Asylum, opened in 1895) Jump-proof fire escape Heckingham (former Norwich Union Workhouse, converted into 2nd Norfolk County Mental Hospital, opened in 1927) Main elevation Hellingly (East Sussex County Asylum, opened in 1903) Corridor network (with random portable bathtub) Hensol (Glamorganshire Mental Defective Colony, opened in 1930) Interview room High Royds (3rd West Riding County Asylum, opened in 1888) Glazed-tile doorway Horton (8th London County Asylum, opened in 1902) Administration block The Lawn (Charitable Public Asylum, opened in 1820) View from eastern wing Lennox Castle (Dunbartonshire Mental Defective Colony, opened in 1937) Admin block coaching entrance Leybourne Grange (Kent Mental Defective Colony, opened in 1936) OT room Little Plumstead (Norfolk Mental Defective Colony, opened in 1930) Discarded training material Mapperley (Nottingham Borough Asylum, opened in 1880) Southern aspect Middlewood (2nd West Riding County Asylum, opened in 1872) Chapel Napsbury (Middlesex County Asylum, opened in 1905) Recreation hall (left) and ward block (right), with water tower in background Pen-Y-Fal (Monmouthshire County Asylum, opened in 1851) Ward blocks Pool Parc (Overspill annexe to North Wales Mental Hospital, opened in 1937) Main corridor Rauceby (Kesteven County Asylum, opened in 1902) Administration block Rosslynlee (East Lothian & Peebles District Asylum, opened in 1874) Recreation hall Runwell (East Ham & Southend-on-Sea Borough Mental Hospital, opened in 1937) Chapel Severalls (2nd Essex County Asylum, opened in 1913) Gallery with cell doors St Andrew's (Norfolk County Asylum, opened in 1814) Mortuary St Brigid's (Connaught District Asylum, opened in 1833) Ward corridor St Cadoc's (Newport Borough Asylum, opened in 1906) Window in day-room. St Clement's (Ipswich Borough Asylum, opened in 1870) "Quiet room" in medium-secure annexe St Crispin (Northamptonshire County Asylum, opened in 1876) Staircase in Superintendent's residence St David's (Joint Counties Asylum for Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire & Cardiganshire, opened 1865) Observation room in annexe St George's (Northumberland County Asylum, opened in 1859) Corridor network St John's (Lincolnshire County Asylum, opened in 1852) Admin block main reception St Mary's (Gateshead Borough Asylum, opened in 1914) Corridor network Stone House (The City Of London Asylum, opened in 1866) Dining hall Strathmartin (aka Balvodan) (Charitable Public Idiot Asylum, opened in 1855) Eastern side of main building Sunnyside Royal (Montrose District Asylum, opened in 1858) Congregation area outside recreation hall Talgarth (Joint Breconshire and Radnorshire County Asylum, aka Mid-Wales Asylum, opened in 1903) View from ward window The Towers (Leicester Borough Asylum, opened in 1869) Main corridor in ward section of eastern block West Park (11th London County Asylum, opened in 1915 as Canadian War Hospital, reopened in 1923 as mental hospital) Geriatric ward day room Whittingham (4th Lancashire County Asylum, opened in 1873) Entrance into ward block from corridor network
  2. I will be the first to admit that I have not been out exploring much this year, other than a few organised trips to a few places. I can't seem to stump up the enthusiasm I once had. Anyway. Whilst hungover on a Sunday afternoon, and awaiting the F1 to start, I decided to sit and sort through all of my photos (I have close to 100gb of exploring photos) and edit some of the older places I have visited. Cane Hill was a favourite with nearly every explorer going. It was huge, it had heavy handed security (when most places didn't) and it had a LOT of stuff left behind. It had more stuff in one ward, more than all these manor houses that have started popping up. I just wish I had spent more time there, and new what I was doing with a camera when I went. Visited in 2008 just before the demolition started and then during the demolition, where we discovered that it was a massive free for all and everything opened up. I must have gone back about 6-7 times in the space of 6 months. Half of there were to just wander around and not take photos! I wish I had, as my set are very sporadic! My only shot of Admin: One of the times I went, the only target was the water tower as we had just found out it was claimable. It was brilliantly sunny day and we found ourselves sweating as we squeezed between the tanks and through onto the roof. On the way up, I had asked someone else if a set of stairs led to an easier route, but we dismissed it! We shouldn't have as it was a straight and easy run to the top, with a lot less pigeon poop. I never realised how far into Croydon the tower can be seen from, people must have spotted us! My first visit started out with a drizzly 5am drive through the Surrey and towards the hill. We slipped through the fence and off into the jumble of buildings, brimming with both excitement and nervousness. We didn't have a map and thought we had set off across the site, only to find ourselves heading straight towards the chapel/admin. The building, being in such a state, made all sorts of creaking noises as it settled with the weather and set us to a heightened state of alertness. After a maddened dash through the site believing that our best defence against being spotted was to bury ourselves in the buildings, we stopped for a breather and set up our cameras. Rather than put distance between ourselves and the security we knew would be patrolling, we planted ourselves in the chapel. One of the most popular spots, so we spent little time here. Cane Hill was designed differently to the majority of UK asylums, unlike places like Severals, Hellingly etc, the corridor was formed as a U with the buildings arranged over and around it (others have the corridor separate from the wards). This formed for a very condensed set of buildings. But it also meant easy access to everywhere, with door ways leading all over the place. We didn't spend much time in too many wards, we had a hit list. We shot through them at high speed, and on my first visit entirely bypassed the famous Browning/Blake ward. I also never got to see the art room. This is a selection of shots from a number of different wards Without the services, the wards wouldn't have functioned. Unfortunately, it seemed to be the services at Cane Hill that had been hit by arsonists the most. The hall, engineering and part of the kitchen had been totally destroyed. Who knows what would have been in these, if they were anything like West Park, they would have been filled with treasures. The laundry was spectacular and filled to the brim with all sorts of industrial machinery. My first visit was a whirlwind, we spent less than four hours slinking through the site as my lift had other plans later in the morning. We could have spent a few more hours, but we dismissed the other wards as being the same as what we had seen.... We had one final destination in mind. The Morgue: Parting shot: There are a few more photos here & and a dedicated webpage here Hope you enjoy the photos, posting this has made me realise I should have spent much more time up here when I had the chance
  3. After getting ejected from West Park by MC Hammer and told at my age I should know better than to lead the youngsters astray by going in abandoned buildings,we headed over to Cane Hill to try our luck there.Spent a hassle free few hours in what some call The Daddy of Asylums. And finally,the torture chamber: Many thanks for looking..out of all of the Asylums I have done,Cane Hill genuinely made me feel quite uneasy wherever I went,and I couldnt wait to get out!
  4. Visited the famous Cane hill last year after going to St' Ebbas with StEaLtH, Lynton and Rachael, we ended up in the woods in the middle of the night dodging security and they were going around in a van every half hour, after a nerve-racking wait eventually made it in, heard so much about this place and the furry doggies lol, anyway in we go and we got a few pics, then saw a torch at the fence, and my heart was in my mouth, we laid in the grass and skirted around and made a quick exit, to be confronted by a woman security guard at 4.30am in the morning, it was dark asking us what we were doing, and StEaLtH said we were out for a walk, I was trying not to laugh, a walk at that hour with what we were wearing, anyway she let us go lol. I managed to get a few pics before we made our exit, enjoy the pics. I just luv peeling wallpaper. A cane hill clock. Enjoy the pics, this was a fun explore.
  5. from ages back went for a trip worth toast on cheese stealth and pinky fluff u all no the history of this place in we go toilets kitchen veranda nt lower levels my fav picture