Hellingly Asylum

Had a little trip down to Hellingly Hospital in East Sussex (formerly known as East Sussex County Asylum). It opened in 1903 and closed in the early 1990s.

Weather and vandals have taken their toll on the hospital, but it was one of the most atmospheric places I’ve been. There were quite a few bits left, like chairs and curtains. This shocked me!

Boiler room

Our first stop was the boiler room. This wasn’t as impressive as the one at Leybourne Grange but still quite good. There were 3 little boilers.

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Water Tower

The tower can be seen from everywhere. There was a door in the boiler room which led to the water tower. Underneath were a few tunnels which went off under the hospital. Didn’t really explore these though.

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Main hall

The next stop was the main hall. This was impressive, except for a few failed fire attempts on the floor.

Someone had also drawn a huge pentagram on the floor of the hall with salt. The salt drew moisture out of the atmosphere and stained the wood.

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Salon

As you can see in the hall, there is a chair that looks as if it has come from a hair salon. It’s true. Next door is a salon. It’s recently been trashed though

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Corridors

Guess what – there’s corridors in this place too! A few of them have collapsed though due to fires and wet.

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Wards & Rooms

Also, there are wards (and other rooms). One thing that reall struck me is how much stuff is left here. There are curtains, chairs, coat hooks, bottles and all sorts of other things

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Admin Block

The admin block had been damaged by fire a few years ago and has been sealed up. There is a tiny way in though. The stairs had burnt down meaning you couldn’t get upstairs. Downstairs was nice though, with ornate tiles in the corridors, toilet roll in the toilets (!), and a dentist chair in the corridor.

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Kitchen, Laundry & Stores

One or two photos from the kitchen, laundry and stores. I did climb into one of the huge washing machines – that was quite a task as the drum kept moving!!

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Some buildings

…from the outside…

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Other bits

A few other sights I saw, including a room full of dentist’s chairs…

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60 Responses to Hellingly Asylum

  1. Casper says:

    Great site. For those wanting further details of the History of Hellingly and Staff, patients details please take a look at http://hellingly.blogspot.com/

    Hellingly Remembered.

  2. Jeff says:

    My mother was treated here for acute depression on several occasions between 1953 and 1964. I remember her showing us around the female wards and treatment rooms on visiting days. She was a bright, intelligent woman, not a ‘lunatic’ or a ‘nutter’ as some would refer to her; a radical hysterectomy in 1953 had wrecked her hormone balance. On one visit to see her, she showed me and my brother the ECT equipment with which she was treated; in spite of its barbaric appearance, she was quite matter of fact about it. She never fully recovered, and after several overdoses of prescription drugs while back at home, she finally succeeded in ending her tragic life in the summer of ’64.

  3. szk says:

    Graeat gallery + interesting comments. I’ll be a frequent guest on your sit. Keep on urbexing.

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