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Report - West Ham County Asylum (Goodmayes), London, July 2011

Discussion in 'Asylums and Hospitals' started by layz, Jul 31, 2011.

  1. layz

    layz Conquistador d'Wolverton
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    Hey Guys,

    Posted this one here as it’s still live.


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    Visited this place with AndrewB and Dicky and I’m glad we’ve finally cracked it. Big thanks to Andrew and Dicky though, as they've done massive amounts of research on this place and made it possible. Some of the site is very much live and after being spotted by two workers we made a hasty escape out the main entrance brushing straight past security! Most of the wards appear to have been modernized as it’s still used by the NHS for training, however if you look closely the signs of the old asylum can still be read, with some original features buried under years of paint. Sadly a number of wards were locked down tight, although looking through the windows didn’t suggest there was much left. On the plus side lots of amazing long corridors!


    History

    Following the Local Government act in 1890, West Ham became a country borough and so began work on constructing its own asylum: West Ham Borough Asylum. Architect Lewis Angell in 1894 prepared a ‘compact arrow’ asylum for 600 patients, including water tower, main hall, mortuary, chapel, male western wards and female eastern wards, which was finally completed 3rd August 1901. This was the only asylum Angell built and despite it's standardised overall plan, the design does include a number of differences, such as D & E blocks having day rooms facing west and blocks 4-5 facing east as opposed to the more common south. In the 1920s the asylum was doubled with 7 wards and a new admission hospital as demand for more bed rose. Yet despite this increase in size, Goodmayes remains smaller than most others of its kind.

    Under the National Health Service the hospital was renamed Goodmayes, with the catchment area being altered accordingly. A new hospital was opened in 1993 just to the north of the site beginning the ‘close down’ of the Edwardian asylum.
    The hospital is still very much in use, with a lot of the former wards being used for staff training. Currently the boiler house, laundry and some of the kitchens continue to provide service to King George’s Hospital. The current plan is to redevelop the site for continued mental health services, retaining the administration building, recreation hall and a few wards.




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    Jordanchinkbmx "Take only pictures, leave only footprints"
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    Wicked shots man, still looks brand new in there at the time of taking them :)
     
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    Nice ones mate.
    I had this on my to do list last week but was advised it's not a daytime mooch due to live site, so extra points coming your way ; )
     
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    Jordanchinkbmx "Take only pictures, leave only footprints"
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    Not a good idea to go during the daytime then no? Good thing I prefer doing this at night :D
     
  5. layz

    layz Conquistador d'Wolverton
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    The site was certainly partially live when we went with new equipment etc, some of the wards have been mothballed.
    Worth the effort.
     
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    Jordanchinkbmx "Take only pictures, leave only footprints"
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    How recently have you visited?
     
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    layz Conquistador d'Wolverton
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    When I wrote the report in 2011, so sadly not recently mate.
     
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    Jordanchinkbmx "Take only pictures, leave only footprints"
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    Hmmm okay, worth the visit though? any idea if its been demolished/converted yet?
     
  9. layz

    layz Conquistador d'Wolverton
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    I don't know I'm afraid, I reckon it's still there.
     
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    Jordanchinkbmx "Take only pictures, leave only footprints"
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    Wicked, I'll probably check this one out :)
     
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    Its still there and still live...

    Nice report mate :)
     
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