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Report - Severalls Hospital - September 2016

Discussion in 'Asylums and Hospitals' started by b3n, Sep 28, 2016.

  1. b3n

    b3n onehundredandthirtythree
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    Yep - another Sev's thread :/

    Hopefully I've done something a bit different with the photographs, this was all shot in the dark and there was no moon with seca driving around so not the easiest photography wise! In and out with no issues but a few close calls.

    Severalls Asylum.. Built in 1913 the asylum homed more than 2000 patients; Patients with mental health issues, those who just couldn't fit into the contemporary society. The hospital was more than just a place for treatment and rest - of those who were sectioned here many would never leave the grounds again. Everything was provided on site from the shops and bakery to water tower and power generation - this was a self sufficient and secure village of kinds.

    There are many dark stories associated with the site, ECT treatments and lobotomy were common and often patients would have the tell tale dents in their cranium. Practices that thankfully have been replaced by more modern treatments.

    Starting with Enoch Powells reforms to the mental health service the asylums began to close down. Severalls closed around 1997 and almost 20 years later the site still sits vacant. Left and forgotten like many of those incarcerated in its wards in the early part of the 20th century.

    4 fences and active security patrols stood in my way but Sev's days are numbered - the bulldozers have moved in. This would be my last chance to visit the sprawling site. Late at night I made my way undercover of trees, over and under fences to the imposing palisade fence. Once inside I could see the bright lights of security patrols circling the site - a badly timed camera flash or torch beam could give me away so the next 3 hours were spent in almost complete darkness. Tunnels, old stores, the watertower, flakey wards and endless corridors lay out infront of me and it was the early hours of the morning before I left the site to begin my journey home.

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    And the machines which are pulling the place apart:

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  2. Lavino

    Lavino 28ÐŁ ƦEGUŁλƦ U$EƦ
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    Very nice I must say it is looking a bit worse for ware now.
     
  3. b3n

    b3n onehundredandthirtythree
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    Yep, although tbh I was expecting it to be worse.. Glad i did it before it's gone.
     
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    Session9 A life backwards
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    Some nice snaps there...
    What has been demolished so far?
     
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    Will Knot 28DL Regular User
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    Very nice...great report and pics :thumb....you did well, this is the one for me that simply got away :(
     
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    b3n onehundredandthirtythree
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    Cheers, i don't really know the site very well but not much, most of the eastern side of the site has been cleared of trees and scrub ect but all the buildings are still standing..
     
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    Session9 A life backwards
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    Ok, thanks for that mate
     
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    interesting photos. i particularly like the gopro. must make for an interesting visit. I spose at night, if you dont use torch or flash then you are pretty much relaxed to go about your business?
     
  9. Xploring

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    nice report. i did Sevs in august, had all the painting on the walls for demo :( did you chose the easy or hard way out? haha
     
  10. b3n

    b3n onehundredandthirtythree
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    Fisheye lens on a camera ;) Yea seca drive around the outside with a massive floodlight on top of the car so have to be a little careful but apart from that no worries really!

    Hard way! Dropped a tripod somewhere on the way in so tried to find it. no luck..
     
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    Hard way! Dropped a tripod somewhere on the way in so tried to find it. no luck..[/QUOTE]

    Oh! So if I go in a find a tripod I get to keep it yeh? ;)
     
  12. b3n

    b3n onehundredandthirtythree
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    Think the c0d3 says you have to leave it where it is, stamp on it and take some photos. It's something like that isn't it?
     
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    nicely done!
     
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    Nice photos! Know what you mean about a wrongly timed flash or torch giving you away, secca are hot on that!
     
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    Eden Villa was demolished today and the roofing slates have been removed on the entire northern half of the main echelon. It can't be long now until it's gone for good.
     
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