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Report - Severalls Hospital/The Second Essex County Lunatic Asylum - August 2015

Discussion in 'Asylums and Hospitals' started by SpiderMonkey, Dec 15, 2015.

  1. SpiderMonkey

    SpiderMonkey 28DL Regular User
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    Here's some copied history on the place as I'm sure you've read it all before:

    Severalls Hospital in Colchester, Essex, United Kingdom was a psychiatric hospital built in 1910 to the design of architect Frank Whitmore. It opened in May 1913.

    The 300-acre (120 ha) 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).

    Closure

    The hospital closed as a psychiatric hospital in the early 1990s following the closure of other psychiatric institutions. However, a small section remained open until 20 March 1997 for the treatment of elderly patients suffering from the effects of serious stroke, etc., as a temporary building for nearby Colchester General Hospital which was in the process of building an entire new building for these patients. A few of the satellite villas as of 2013 are still operational as research facilities on the edge of the site. This includes "Chestnut Villa" (originally Children's Villa), which provides laboratory services, and "Willow House" (originally Male Acute Ward), and Severalls House (originally the Medical Superintendent's residence). "Rivendell", a more modern building is still in use at the entrance to the site. Apart from Chestnut Villa, all remaining Buildings still in use are owned and run by North Essex Partnership University Foundation Trust.

    Since 1997 the remaining structures have changed little. Architecturally, the site remains an excellent example of a specific asylum plan. However, the buildings have suffered greatly from vandalism. In 2005 the main hall was subjected to an arson attack and in 2007 the charred building was demolished for safety reasons. The five boilers were removed from the Central Boiler House in 2007.

    In 2008, the sale of the hospital site, including its extensive grounds, collapsed due to the slow-down in the building industry.

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  2. AndyK

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    Well covered Monkey boy. Can't beat those corridors for peely goodness!
     
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  3. Speed

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    Are they ever going to demolish this place!
     
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    @Speed as it happens.......

    Something is a foot there, Did a little tour explore the other night and they have started finally cleaning the place up.

    The grounds have had a good trimming up and the admin building has been tidied up with new heras fencing around it and the piles of rubble gone.

    All the brambles and mess around the main gate have now gone too.

    Local rumour has it that someone is finally interested in buying the site and have invested serious dosh ( 200k ) in having all kinds of surveys etc done there.

    Only time will tell......
     
  5. Speed

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    Well when they are ACTUALLY demolishing it I think it's only fair we have a farewell severals meet eh!
     
  6. mockney reject

    mockney reject 28DL Regular User
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    I'm guessing with the various "orders" on it never lol
     
  7. BrainL

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    Decay doesn't get much better than this :) Stunning shots these mate :)
     
  8. Exxperious

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    Any security while you were there?
     
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  9. SpiderMonkey

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    Yes, there's normally someone walking around inside and out.
     
  10. Exxperious

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    Just adds to the excitement value I guess
     
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