Severalls Asylum was built in 1913. It closed in the late 1990s. In it’s heyday it housed 2000 patients; some of which were used in experimental medical tests/operations. More information about the hospital can be found on Wikipedia.
This article is the result of a few visits between 2006 and 2007. A seperate report exists for Myland Court.
Some views of the asylum buildings first…
The intricate network of corridors at Severalls are by far the highglight of a trip here. They’re all different colours yet somehow manage to be rather gloomy. The corridors are also rather eerie – the wind banging doors constantly makes you think that someone’s going to jump out at you at any point.
Obviously the corridors led somewhere, invariably wards and other rooms…
Toilets & Stuff
There are hundreds of toilets, baths and sinks in the hospital. All were rather interesting.
This is where the nurses would have lived (!) and their rooms were quite luxurious compared to those of the patients. They even had fireplaces!
The grand administration building is the main entrance to the asylum. It was wonderfully ornate, but has sadly been attacked by arsonists. There are a few nice features left, like the staircase and some floors.
Water tower, Boiler House & Engineering
Wherever you are in the asylum you can’t fail to notice the huge water tower. There are a few floors all containing huge metal tanks to store the water. The base of the tower is flooded, which makes access interesting!
Severalls is massive – the one place you can appreciate the size is from the top of the water tower!
One hall at the base of the tower contained five huge boilers – these were dismantled in Autumn 2006…
The kitchen was huge. It had to be – it used to cater for 2000 residents…
Stores & Services
Some more big empty rooms, mainly used to store things like laundry and supplies. One contained some sterilisation machines for hospital equipment.
Being a hospital, there obviously had to be a place to do operations. The theatres are now bare, and some are burnt out.
Finally some random bits at the asylum. This little collection includes the mortuary body fridges, main hall (now rubble after an arson attack) and some underground service tunnels…