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Report - Severall's Asylum, Colchester - Jan 2014

Discussion in 'Asylums and Hospitals' started by The Stig, Jan 19, 2014.

  1. The Stig

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    Visited with Auntie Knickers, H1971, Magpie and myself. Getting up at cracking of day break to a rather frosted cover car and a take away sausage sandwich we headed to this grand old lady. Manage to scale over the well known palicade fence and onto the grounds, we very quickly got inside. Though the whole time we was inside we only saw one gaurd for 5 seconds as he walked by. We bumped into couple of other explorers whilsted inside but on this day we didnt get the chance to bump into Michael which was good news but in a sad way we all wanted to meet him, well two of use on this trip already encounted him before.

    Brief history as this place has been done more then a few times....

    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 (1.2 km2) 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.

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    Thanks for stopping by :thumb
     

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