West Park Asylum is in Surrey.
This asylum, along with several others (“The Epsom Cluster”), was built in the early 1900s on the outskirts of London. The asylum could hold about 2000 patients with a wide range of mental-health issues. The main part of the asylum closed in the 1990s and has slowly deteriorated over the last few years. Mother nature has reclaimed some parts, while vandals and arsonists have destroyed other parts.
Towards the end of 2009 news of its impending demolition meant the asylum became a tourist hotspot. Nearly every day hundreds of photos appeared on the forums and flickr. Your mum probably looked around before I did. I decided to go along and check it out for myself before it was too late… Baa.
Unlike previous reports, I’m not going to write much else. It’s an asylum. With corridors, wards, a main hall, doors, an engineering area, patient belongings and all sorts of stuff like that.
Oh and a padded cell – quite possibly the only one in a derelict asylum in the country.