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Report - St Crispin's Lunatic Asylum, Northampton - September 2017



SUS.Exploration

SUS.Exploration
28DL Full Member
#1
St Crispin's Lunatic Asylum
also known as
Berrywood Asylum

September 2017

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by Shaun Wilson, on Flickr

It started with a friend calling me up asking if I wanted to join him and his girlfriend on an explore they have done countless time's. Knowing I've been wanting to explore for a while and had no experience at that moment in time I think he wanted to start me of easy and I'm glad he chose this location. The drive wasn't too long about an hour and a half, abit of slipknot made the journey that bit more enjoyable. As we pulled up got out the car and climbed a little fence I was blown away with how the building looked. I admired it's beauty from the outside for a few minutes before we entered. While we walked through the corridors my friend explained all the history to me explaining what each room was and how it was used. I was fascinated!. We eventualy made are way to the clock tower and he asked if I wanted to go up. F, YEAH I wanna go up. He made the climb look like a piece of cake, I made it up the ledge where the ladder would have once situated. Their was nothing but a woberly crate supporting the old plank of wood he used to stand on to grab the floor above. The mistake I made prior was wearing skinny jeans I couldn't lift my leg high enough to get that extra height needed so I could make my way to the next floor. After about 20 mins of trying I cut my losses and gave up. We then made are way down another corridor this one more decayed than the last,
We hopped up through another little opening onto the next floor "the hidden floor" as he called it. He explained not many people go up their as they miss the entrance because that climb is the only way up. We spent a good 15 mins up their snapping photos. After a good 5 hours wondering around we made are way back to the car, and drove home.

This site is beautiful and full of history. I highly recommended going.

I'm glad this was my first explore, and I will be going back to conquer that clock tower this time with my gopro so I can keep the experience and the beauty of that place forever.


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I would like to add i did have loads more picture's but i can not find the memory card they are on.
 
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SUS.Exploration

SUS.Exploration
28DL Full Member
#9
Imagine 'Mousetrap' as a vertical game and that is what climbing this clock tower is like. The view from the top is a minter on a clear day.
I've seen videos on YouTube and it does seem tough, I got vertigo the first time I see the video which is funny as I was looking at it through a computer screen . I do need to try and make it up there though before the make it completely understand accessible. Your mousetrap explanation does sum it up perfectly though from what I've seen.
 

KatieBellax

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28DL Member
#10
I've seen videos on YouTube and it does seem tough, I got vertigo the first time I see the video which is funny as I was looking at it through a computer screen . I do need to try and make it up there though before the make it completely understand accessible. Your mousetrap explanation does sum it up perfectly though from what I've seen.
I was there this Saturday just gone and it seems they have now secured the clock tower off for safety reasons. Still a lovely explore though.
 

Bikin Glynn

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#13
My friend managed to do it however I couldn't due to my jeans situation.
It did seem like a hard climb to reach the ladder so I guess it's all down to your climbing experience if it's possible or not. :)
Yeah I climbed to first floor on a christmas day visit, but bottled goin any higher!
Mainly due to the fact I was on my own, but I too had a jeans issue that was not helping lol
 

SUS.Exploration

SUS.Exploration
28DL Full Member
#14
Yeah I climbed to first floor on a christmas day visit, but bottled goin any higher!
Mainly due to the fact I was on my own, but I too had a jeans issue that was not helping lol
May have a gander in a month or so, by that point no bet the vandals would have ripped the boards down allowing access again. I've learnt from my mistakes and wear joggers now. Bet it was a nice explore around Xmas time. I wanted to go when it was all snowy but I don't drive and didn't wanna bike it from mk in that weather
 

SUS.Exploration

SUS.Exploration
28DL Full Member
#15
Really great photos! We also got a video of the place but a night time, yours are much easer to see. Did you spot the strange noose hanging from the ceiling?
Thank you, this was my first explore so I was fascinated took over 200 pics. Send link if it's online. Didn't see no noise but I was there before Xmas so maybe it's new. Going back in a month so I'll see if it's their then.