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West Park Hospital, Epsom

7th Visit to West Park, an old favourite that you can never tire of I guess. One ward that I’ve always wanted to do was the ward that was converted into a child crèche for the nurses who worked at the hospital. Some people have refereed to it as the child/baby ward but this is nonsense. The painted murals and colours provided a really strange ambience and feel to the ward. It is also evident upon this visit that demolition/conversion for the majority of the site is starting with remedial work under way.

West Park was the last mental hospital to be developed on the Horton Estate, having been planned since 1906, prior to the opening of neighbouring Long Grove asylum. Initial development to have been completed for opening in 1916. From 1917 the main hospital was largely complete and utilised by Canadian Military, and subsequently handed back to London county council. The complete hospital was anticipated to hold approximately 2,000 patients of mixed class. The hospital started a phase closure in 2003 and by 2005 was almost completely disused except for some male wards and other little area on the site.

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  3. I went to West Park last week with my 35mm. Its a shame that they’re redeveloping it. Its such an amazing site to look around, even in the state that it is in. Hopefully going to get one more trip in before its completely gone.

  4. Well for a start, its in the middle of redevelopment/demolition. That said there is lots left.

    Problems: Don’t get caught by security or workers. Go on a Sunday. If you get caught you’ll only get asked to leave. Wear suitable clothes, expect to get dirty, if you worry about asbestos take a P3 mask. Find a way in, access will change on a daily if not hourly basis.

  5. Hi,
    i am doing an assignment about the West Park Hosptial, now i never been there but i was wondering what the risks are for those of you who been there. What are some problems that can happen to explorers?

  6. Yes, although though work is now underway to demo/convert it. Workers on site 6 days a week till about 5.30. Be careful 🙂

  7. is west park still there as afew of us went to see hellingly this week ans its nearly all gone and wanted to check out west park. wish you could protest to keep these amazing buildings!!! x

  8. Don’t get me started about that piano, such a waste really. Worth about £30k – should have found a home at a London Orchestra (that piano maker supplies the queen etc)

    Regarding access, don’t take this wrong way but it’s not the sort of thing I divulge unless I know you and even then I wouldn’t actually publish it on here. Trouble with West Park is it changes on hourly basis sometimes. Security are really on the ball to the point where you can return back to a way you got in only a few hours ago to find it already sealed. Add to this that work is now under-way to convert the site and workers/security are everywhere it’ll be even more of a challenge. I can’t really say much more than go down and see how you get on. You might succeed you might not. It’s the nature of the beast. If you do go, take care and wear suitable gear and understand fully what you are about to do.

  9. Hi! brilliant photos, love the piano! we’re thinking of going to west park in a few weeks time on a sunday. I have never been before and it would be great to just get some tips on how to get in? what is the best time to go etc and how do you get in? and avoid those guards i’ve been reading a lot about!

    Thanks : )

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