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Battersea Power Station, London

There are a handful of ‘iconic’ sites within the UK exploring community.  I could talk to you for hours about some of the truly great asylums such as Cane Hill & West Park. Others would talk about the great industrial sites like Pyestock and some would talk about the hidden …

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Barrow Hospital, Bristol

A return to the first real site I explored. Barrow Hospital opened in the late 1930s as an expansion to the overcrowded Bristol City Asylum, Glenside – It closed quietly in 2006 after being dammed in 2005 for the now infamous ‘dirtiest hospital’ in the country tag. It’s been well …

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Tone Vale Hospital, Taunton

Founded in 1892 and built in 1897 Tone Vale was originally named Somerset and Bath Asylum, then Tone Vale Asylum and finally Tone Vale Hospital. It was built to the compact arrow design. Closed in 1995 and the vast majority of the site was redeveloped and only a few of …

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St Lawrences Asylum, Bodmin

Orginally known as ‘Cornwall County Asylum’ it was founded in 1815 at Westheath Avenue, Bodmin and became known as St Lawrence’s Hospital under the National Health Service. The County Lunatic Asylum, for the reception of private patients and pauper lunatics, a little to the west of the Town of Bodmin …

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Stoke Damerel High School For Girls, Plymouth

The Stoke Damerel Secondary School for Girls was founded in August 1926, when the Plymouth Local Education Authority transferred the girls from Regent Street Central School to join the girls at Keppel Place Central School, Stoke.  The boys combined to create Sutton Secondary School for Boys in the Regent Street …

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Cherry Knowle Asylum, Sunderland

Sunderland County Borough began construction of its own asylum during 1893, completed in 1895. The site chosen consisted of sloping land outside the village of Ryhope, with views across to the North Sea. George Hine was chosen as Architect and produced a compact arrow layout consisting of six blocks of …

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Cane Hill Asylum, Coulsdon

Cane Hill Hospital will be remembered perhaps as not the most famous of the county asylums but certainly one of the most interesting and from a urban exploration perspective it will be remembered as one of the most iconic sites the UK ever had. Abandoned in 1991 the buildings remained …

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Severalls Hospital, Colchester

Severalls Hospital, (or Severalls Asylum as its was originally known) Colchester, opened in 1913 for 1800 patients. It is based on the “echelon plan”, which is a specific arrangement of wards, offices and services within easy reach of each other by a network of interconnecting corridors. Phased closure began in …

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West Park Hospital, Epsom

West Park Hospital or ‘West Park Asylum’ as it is more commonly called was founded in 1912 & competed by 1924. 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 …

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Robert Fletcher & Son Ltd – Greenfield, Oldham

Sometimes refereed to as ‘Fletchers mill’ or ‘Fletchers Paper Mill’ this mill sits tucked away in the valleys of east Oldham as if one day they walked out of the factory and never returned. Infact this probably wasn’t far from the truth. An unbelievable explore. History of the company (September …

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