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Report - Severalls Hospital, Colchester, March 2010

Discussion in 'Asylums and Hospitals' started by layz, Mar 14, 2010.

  1. layz

    layz Conquistador d'Wolverton
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    Evening guys,

    Today I met up with Dubbed Navigator and Andrew B to explore Severalls near Colchester. Was a great day out, and I’m so glad I’ve finally ticked this one of my list.


    History

    Severalls was built in 1910 and first opened in May 1913. The architect was Frank Whitmore whose design was based upon the symmetrical “Echelon plan” centred around an admin and service core, covering 300-acres, and housing 2000 patients.
    The style was the ‘Queen Anne’, a mix of neo-gothic and neo-classical popular with Edwardian architects. There are many little exciting details around Severalls which demonstrate this fusion of styles. The Asylum was expanded between 1910 and 1935 with numerous pavilions, villas and accommodation blocks.
    The hospital finally closed in 1997.


    Today

    The land has yet to be sold, however it looks likely that the site will be demolished following years of neglect and numerous arson attacks. Only the admin building and the water-tower are listed.


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    Regards,
     
    #1 layz, Mar 14, 2010
    Last edited: Mar 14, 2010

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