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Report - West Park Hospital Asylum Epsom Surrey Dec 2010

Discussion in 'Diehardlove' started by diehardlove, Dec 26, 2010.

  1. diehardlove

    diehardlove 1 of them cnuts off 28dsl
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    Yep its west park but we was looking at a lead that didnt turn out.
    Went with professor frink and his son big big thanks to both as without them we would not have seen as much as we did also went with lost explorer cheers for driving mate,vw and had a top day thanks both,
    Some pretty funny comedy moments at the end with the demo boys that involved us getting brave and standing outside admin while vw just watched us and waved lol.
    I know you all know the history but i love it and its half the reason i explore so il just put a bit up.
    West Park Asylum (or West Park Hospital) was a large psychiatric hospital in Epsom, Surrey. The hospital was designed by William C. Clifford-Smith (architect to the London County Council), who was also involved in the design of nearby St Ebba's Hospital. The hospital had been in planning since 1906, and by 1917 it was largely complete; however, the outbreak of war postponed opening until 1923.

    When complete the hospital could cater for around 2,000 patients of mixed class, and hence the site had extensive boiler houses and plant rooms, a large laundry and a substantial water tower. There were enormous kitchens located behind the canteen, and in turn this was behind the main hall/ballroom. However, the main hall suffered an arson attack on September 30th 2003 and is now a burnt out shell. The asylum also boasted its own railway but this was removed in 1950, and no trace remains except around the central engineering block. The main stores and sewing rooms were also located here, but other services, such as the mortuary and chapel, were located by the entrance road, along with two lodges for the matrons and a large manor for the superintendent.

    The hospital was slowly run down from the mid 1990s, and by 2003 most of the hospital was closed and derelict. A few outer ward buildings and villas remain open today and are still used for psychiatric treatment. As the hospital is largely derelict, it is of increasing interest to urban explorers who visit for the sheer size of the hospital, and also for many hospital items still in situ, such as beds, kitchen equipment and personal items. A padded cell is also of interest to explorers.

    The hospital was the last great London asylum, and the last of the Epsom Cluster, a group of 5 mental institutes (the others being Horton, Manor, Long Grove and St Ebba's.) The asylum follows the compact arrow design, with external villas

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    #1 diehardlove, Dec 26, 2010
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