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Report - Severalls Hospital - Colchester - January 2015

Discussion in 'Asylums and Hospitals' started by Raz, Jan 25, 2015.

  1. Raz

    Raz 28DL Regular User
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    Finally got to visit the place that sparked my addiction to these places and it was worth the wait! after unintentionally using some other lads we bumped into as bait for the secca we made our way round the endless corridors like headless chickens trying to decide which way to go and after just short of 2 hours we walked straight into security! probably the most friendly I've bumped into yet and nicely pointed out the best bits on our long walk out, all of which we missed :( ! Apologies if the fish-eye is too much on some shots, all from my gopro!




    The History

    Severalls Hospital in Colchester, Essex, UK was a psychiatric hospital built in 1910 and opened in May 1913. The 300-acre (1.2 km2) site housed some 2000 patients and was based on a plan whereby wards, offices and services were 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. Patients in Severalls were separated according to their gender. Villas were constructed around the main hospital building as accommodation blocks between in the years after its opening.
    Psychiatrists were free to experiment with new treatments on patients seemingly at will, using practices now considered unsuitable such as electro-convulsive therapy (ECT) and the use of frontal lobotomy.. A change in management during the 1960s (and likely a change in social acceptances) saw reforms introduced including the creation of art and music therapy programs and the widespread use of drugs and medication.
    The hospital closed as a psychiatric hospital in the early 1990s following the closure of other psychiatric institutions. However, a small section remained open until 20 March 1997 for the treatment of elderly patients suffering from the effects of serious stroke, etc., as a temporary building for nearby Colchester General Hospita

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    Thanks for looking :thumb
     

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  2. The Stig

    The Stig Urbex = Nosey Bastard
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    Haaaa Michael caught up with you in the end, he a legend of Sevs :)
     
  3. Hydro

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    haha you got Michael dancing i see! nice report mate, loving the edit on photo #8

    beat me to it though i was going to report, guess ill have to wait a while now lol
     
  4. zombizza

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    wow, these are nice piccies/ i must put mine up. thinking i must go back
     
  5. Seffy

    Seffy Bally up lads!
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    I personally like your photos, don't think the fisheye is too much at all. Well shot, and at least you got to meet the man himself.
     
  6. UrbanDuck

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    Love the fish eye shots, nice work. Micheal is indeed a legend...would love to know if he ever goes on holiday?!!
     
  7. ACID- REFLUX

    ACID- REFLUX 28DL Regular User
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    My invite lost in the post yet again I see ;)

    Nice ones mate :thumb

    Pics come out good though (with a little help? :)

    Never bothered using my Hero3+ for this stuff, it"s just sat under one of my Quadcopters gathering dust:crazy But for a F2.8 lens they produce a fair image even when flying on full res" especially considering it"s JPEG (can"t remember if the new ones shoot RAW ?)

    My idea was to Film all the Asylums from outside, but if something happens & it go"s Tits Up you"ve still got to get over the fence etc to get the bloody thing. And mine weighs a ton with all the extra batteries etc for the Quad, sod that ;)

    Still got 100mins HD footage from Whittington to edit one day :tumbleweed
     
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  8. Humpa

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    Nice shots man :thumb out of curiosity, what GoPro have you got?
     
  9. man_gone_wrong

    man_gone_wrong 28DL Regular User
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    Nice shots there mate. Got to love a bit of Sevs corridor porn. I need to go back there one day...
     
  10. ZerO81

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    Fish eye actually works quite well in these types of situation, quite subtle in some of the shots!
     
  11. tumbles

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    Severall's is actually getting better with age and a lot more decay.
     
  12. zombizza

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    Hi. What sort of gopro is this? Seems really good quality
     
  13. Raz

    Raz 28DL Regular User
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    Yes mate with a little help lol! I never got to see whittington would be nice to see that footage mate

    And its a hero 3+silver :thumbs
     
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    The Whittingham footage would be good to see! when we went it had mostly been demolished :( - get that up ACID-REFLUX:thumb
     
  15. upright_ninja

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    Good stuff, mate. Cracking shots of a firm favourite of mine and no doubt many others. It's a very addictive place!

    u>.<n
     
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