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Report - Deva, Countess of Chester Asylum, Chester - Nov 2008


tumbles

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Ok dropping an asylum in today's back catalog collection:

Visited with Winch & Hydra. We'd planned to visit Denbigh for a good couple of months. Everything was set/planned out and they we got word that Most Haunted would be there during the week. We hoped by the weekend they'd fucked off but nope were still clearing up and also there was just too many people around to entertain it. Gutted as two weeks later the hall burnt down and we missed out on seeing that ceiling. Plan B quickly formed to visiting Deva instead. Well it was never really called Deva as such but then Denbigh was never called Denbigh Mental but local names tend to stick. Oddly didn't get any externals here and it was a bit of a rushed/blurred fest of photos. I'm not sure who else joined us here but clearly there were 4 of us in at one point!

Bit of history:

In 1829, the Cheshire Lunatic Asylum opened on part of the site. The county’s mental health unit was based in the ‘Lunatic Asylum Building’. The name of the site changed throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries, from the “Chester County Lunatic Asylum”, to “County Mental Hospital”, to the “Upton Mental Hospital”, finally the “Deva Hospital”. During this period, treatment for mental illness changed from institutional confinement to medication and therapy making the wards less busy. Eventually less than 5% of patients were kept confined in the hospital for treatment. Since closure, the majority of later buildings have been demolished including the Annexe and male wing, although the original ‘1829’ building survives in continued usage as does the former Chaplains residence. The majority of the site has been absorbed by extensions to the Countess of Chester health park or been redeveloped as housing.

You can find externals and a full history on CA https://www.countyasylums.co.uk/deva/

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mockney reject

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Nice one @tumbles

its funny that they all look the same, looking at these pics you can see aspects of Goodmayes, Sevs, Whitchurch etc. Kinda cool that :)
 

Calamity Jane

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Nice set this, some interesting bits. They do all look the same, creepy long corridors, water towers & clocks. Big old radiators everywhere, never known any other places to line walls with radiators lol
 

mookster

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One of those places I wish I could go back in time to make sure I don't miss out on like I actually did. Always loved the look of it.
 

Six

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Haven't thought about this place for a long time! I don't think I ever took externals either and I have absolutely zero recollection of what it looked like from the outside.
 

Joshrowlands

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Amazing report, that second photo of the small spiral painted wall is interesting, what would that have been?
 

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