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!
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.
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.
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.
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
Guess what – there’s corridors in this place too! A few of them have collapsed though due to fires and wet.
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
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.
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!!
…from the outside…
A few other sights I saw, including a room full of dentist’s chairs…