Category Archives: Asylums and Hospitals

West Park Asylum – Surrey

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. … Continue reading

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Hales Hospital / Heckingham Institution – Norfolk

A workhouse has been at this site near Hales since the 1760s. In 1927, the workhouse was closed and the building converted into an institution for “mental defectives”. After 1930, control passed to Norfolk County Council and the establishment was … Continue reading

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Fletcher Convalescent Home of the Norfolk & Norwich Hospital – Cromer

The Fletcher Convelescent Home opened on 25 April 1893 and closed 105 years later (in 1998). Since closure the buildings have been subject to numerous planning applications, none of which have been successful. While it’s fate is decided, the building … Continue reading

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St Michaels Hospital / Aylsham Workhouse – Norfolk

Starting life as Aylsham Union Workhouse, the impressively imposing building was built in the 1840s. In 1930 it became a Public Assistance Institution and then St Michaels Hospital. The main building closed in 2005. Tiny bits have been demolished since, … Continue reading

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Sandhill Park Hospital – Somerset

Sandhill Park was built in 1720 and was lived in until 1913. In 1919 the Somerset County Council bought the house and converted it into a home for handicapped children. During WW2 it was used as a hospital/camp by the … Continue reading

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Barrow Gurney Hospital – Bristol

Barrow Gurney Hospital closed in 2006 and had the dubious honour of being the dirtiest hospital in the country. I can’t even begin to write an introduction that details this location’s history. If you are interested, please check out this … Continue reading

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Butleigh Hospital – Somerset

Butleigh Hospital is situated in a small village close to Glastonbury. It was built in 1882 and closed in 2005. I have no external pictures, but one from 1955 can be found at the Francis Frith collection.

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