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Report - West Park, Epsom - 29/11/2008

Discussion in 'Asylums and Hospitals' started by clebby, Nov 30, 2008.

  1. clebby

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    After a failed attempt at Cane Hill (:mad:) which, incidentally, involved being chased by a digger at walking speed, me, my mate paskey, wifebeater, concentration F, randomnut, LiamCH and his girlfriend Cosmic moon, decided that all was not lost and I suggested that we should have a go at West Park.

    Wow! It's MASSIVE! The site opened in 1923 and closed in several parts in the 1990's. We didn't see a quarter of it and we still spent hours in there.

    Whats Cane Hill got that West Park hasn't? They both have beds (West Park more in fact), stuff left, beautiful decay and a huge wealth of left behind items. And West Park has the padded cell and the nursery, although we didn't get to see them :( But just means I will be going back soon!

    There were no problems with security; no sign of the fabled "laser grid" or CCTV. Although I have to say we were extremely lucky to find our entrance point so quickly. The admin is beautiful, and in fact almost all of the site is. The corridors rival Severalls', the main hall is epic, and it's an outrage its left as it is.

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    The grounds of the asylum were gorgeous, with mature oak trees and pavillions for every ward...

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    The service tunnels ran across the entire site, and to me seemed incredibly over engineered...

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    The service tunnels used vast sluice gates to block off water flow and stop the hospital flooding. Huge volumes of water must have built up down there.
    This was one of the sluice gates, taller than a man...

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    The service tunnels carried water and electricity across the site, and unfortunately security had boarded up every ground floor window. This meant we had to use the tunnels as our route around the hospital, which gave us a fascinating trip between wards. When we emerged from the tunnels, our first sight was the main hall. After a large arson attack (always the main hall), the room has been left as a shell with only the steel frame for the arched ceiling remaining. Despite this, the main hall was still very grand and very epic.

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    The canteen also appeared to have been damaged by the attack, but it was obvious that this was once a very grand room.

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    Through a small service hatch were the kitchens; a vast room that served the hospitals 2000 patients. When standing in here, I could imagine the heat and the noise that must have filled this room when it was in operation.

    This industrial sized oven, still gleaming from the last days of the hospital, stands sad and alone.

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    The kitchens still had a lot of machinery left in them, such as a colossal grill.

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    The freezers still reeked of food and reconditioned air.

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    The corridors ran across the site and must rival Severalls' corridors. They were the main artery of the asylum if you like.

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    As security had bricked up most of the corridors, we could only peer into this ward. A wealth of hospital junk remained; beds, zimmer frames and stretchers.

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  2. clebby

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    West Park, Epsom - 29/11/2008 REPORT

    A loose board allowed us access to one of the wards. It was fantastic, containing complete cells, day rooms and a pharmacy, kitchens and endless beds.

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    These baths were shared by all of the patients, and the water must have become disgusting by the end of the day.

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    Yet more beds...

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    This disgusting green water ironically made very beautiful effects, and I believe it is an icon of West Park.

    Upstairs in this ward, the water seeping through the roof made the wallpaper flake and curl, crunching alarming loudly as you walked over it.

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    The small kitchen...

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    The day rooms, where the patients spent their afternoons, had grand bay windows designed to let as much light in as possible.

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    Spongey floors!

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    West Park was a crazy place; the patients medicines were kept next to the jam.

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    On the corridor to admin, the patients bank and shop had unbroken glass doors; a rare sight in an asylum as dilapidated as West Park.

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    Admin was as grand inside as it was outside, with gorgeous columns and a central staircase.

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    This was exactly how we found this room...

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    Group shot in the hall...

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    I would love to thank everyone who came on my "Cane Hill" trip, but I will definitely be returning to West park to see the padded cell and childrens ward soon.
     
  3. LiamCH

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    Re: West Park, Epsom - 29/11/2008 REPORT

    Here are my pictures from the explore:
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    The remains of some sort of watertight hatch in the service tunnels.
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  4. randomnut

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    Re: West Park, Epsom - 29/11/2008 REPORT

    Here's mine from the trip:

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    Again thanks to everyone involved for such an awesome day. Cant wait to see the rest.
     
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    Finally got round to sorting out my pics from the day so here they are. Most of them were very similar to the ones up here so I've given them a miss. They can be found on my flickr page: http://www.flickr.com/photos/edwardfield/

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    Should have some to put up here very soon :)
     
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