Before we crack on with part 2 of the photos from with report I did a little bit more digging and got a bit more history on the place. Also if you haven’t already seen Part 1 of this explore click here.
Whittingham Asylum aka Whittingham Lunatic Asylum aka Whittingham Mental Hospital Was separated into a number of divisions the most notorious being the subject of a large and public enquiry relating to various forms of patient abuse, theft of property and money as well as lack of book keeping which resulted in thousands of pounds of unaccounted for funds. There are records of Patients being beaten, locked out in the grounds in all types of weather, locked in bathrooms and cupboards under stairs. On ward 3, a male ward, the main allegation was that there were incidents of the “wet towel treatment”; this involved twisting a wet towel or bed sheet round a patients neck until the patient lost conciousness. Patients were also alleged to have been seen to be punched and locked in a storeroom. On ward S2, another male ward, it was alleged that two male nurses had poured methylated spirits into the slippers of one patient and into the dressing gown pocket of another, and set them alight.
The history isn’t all bad though, Asylums on the whole were generally good places for the patients to be and it is but a few horror storeys which taint the history of some of these places. Staff at Whittingham in particular Dr C S Parker and Mr Charles Breakall produced the worlds first EEG (Electroencephalography) machine which records electrical activity along the scalp measuring voltage fluctuations resulting from ionic current flows within the neurons of the brain.
At the outbreak of the Second World War in 1939, the patient population was 3,533, which made Whittingham Mental Hospital the largest in the country.
OK that’s it for now on with Part 2 of the photos:
Enjoyed this report? want to see more of this place? I’ve been back for a few more visits and taken hundreds more photos in these reports:
If you’ve made it this far… thanks for reading / checking out the pictures. Leave me a comment below or hit the like button to let me know you’ve enjoyed the shots and to encourage me to keep posting more urbex photos 🙂
Canvas prints and regular prints are available for all of my urban exploration work just ask me about prices or check out some of the limited editions available in my store.