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Report - Severalls Asylum – Colchester – August 2012

Discussion in 'Asylums and Hospitals' started by Jess, Sep 12, 2012.

  1. Jess

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    Yeah, another Sevs report. But seriously, what an epic place! It’s probably the best explore I’ve done in the UK so far. Not an easy one to get in but after an unsuccessful attempt, during which three of our party got their shoes completely soaked in water, we were in. We spent a good couple of hours in there and didn’t get tracked down by infamous Michael. Lucky us. Went with Luke_Takes_Pics, ..MAG.. and Mr_I_Saw_123.

    Massive thanks go to Luke, who was the best tourist guide ever! I would have certainly gotten incredibly lost in there without him and would have most probably walked into the secca lodge after three minutes.

    A little bit of background:
    Severalls Hospital was a psychiatric hospital built in 1910 to the design of architect Frank Whitmore. It opened in May 1913. The 300-acre (1.2 km2) site housed some 2000 patients and was based on the "Echelon plan" - a specific arrangement of wards, offices and services within easy reach of each other by a network of interconnecting corridors. This meant that staff were able to operate around the site without the need to go outside in bad weather. Unlike modern British hospitals, patients in Severalls were separated according to their gender. Villas were constructed around the main hospital building as accommodation blocks between 1910 and 1935. Most of the buildings are in the Queen Anne style, with few architectural embellishments, typical of the Edwardian period. The most ornate buildings are the Administration Building, Larch House and Severalls House (originally the Medical Superintendent's residence).

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