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Report - St Crispins Asylum - Northampton - Feb 2011

Discussion in 'Asylums and Hospitals' started by Nelly, Feb 27, 2011.

  1. Nelly

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    Went on a little road trip to Northampton today with Skeleton Key and Tstranger1066, on the way up the motorway we picked up Msaunder1972.

    After an Laurel and Hardy trip (which involved me going the wrong way around the roundabout on which the Nottingham Lift Tower lives) we arrived.

    First stop was St Crispins Asylum

    The History

    The hospital was built in 1876 and designed by Robert Griffiths, who also designed the Staffordshire County Asylum. The site made good use of its location, with extensive southern views and incorporated a large farm, gas works, staff residences and burial ground.

    The style is Gothic; the most popular style of the day, which features lots of local bricks and stone dressings and a large clock/water tower more akin to a church steeple. In 1887 the asylum was extended further to accommodate more patients, and by the 1940s had reached it’s maximum population.

    The asylum entered the news in more recent history, when a fire broke out killing 6 patients, and the hospital finally closed its doors in 1995 and is being beautifully redeveloped into modern apartments using the original buildings

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    Thanks for taking the time

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    #1 Nelly, Feb 27, 2011
    Last edited: Feb 27, 2011

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