The Last of the great Asylums in the United Kingdom to close its doors I believe in 2012. The now abandoned site is quite large and on a scale similar to that of some of the other big asylums in the UK. Due to it being one of the last to close the interior was unsurprisingly very modern and bare with most of the equipment I suspect being moved to functioning hospital and care home facilities shortly after closure.
Birkwood Asylum dates from the 1860’s and closed in 2002. The most attractive of the buildings and the feature of this report is the old Birkwood House which was constructed in 1819 and was a stately home until the 1860’s when an additional wing was added and the Asylum established. Many additional buildings were added over the years within the grounds which are all now crumbling and falling apart while the old stone built stately home remains!
If you want the full history check out the report from the first visit in January 2014: Gartloch Asylum. Briefly, the Asylum was built in 1989, opened in 1896 and then closed in 1996 after functioning as an Asylum, a Wartime supply Hospital and a General Hospital focusing on geriatric care under the NHS…
Part 3 of this 3 part report on the abandoned Severalls Hospital / Lunatic Asylum in Colchester.
Part 2 of this 3 part report on the abandoned Severalls Hospital / Lunatic Asylum in Colchester.
Briefly Severalls Lunatic Asylum aka The Second Essex County Asylum aka Severalls Hospital was built in 1910 and opened in 1913. At its peak the Asylum could house 2000 patients making it one of the largest in the country. Based upon the Echelon Asylum Plan Severalls has become well known for its spiralling Corridors which connect various buildings and the vast amount of bay windows within the wards.
Urbex: Denbigh Lunatic Asylum aka North Wales Hospital, Denbighshire, Wales – March 2014 (Revisit 3)
The abandoned Denbigh Asylum aka The North Wales Hospital was completed and opened in 1848 to accommodate the Welsh paupers who were reportedly receiving poor treatment in comparably English Lunatic Asylums. Electro-Convulsive Treatment (ECT) and Pre-frontal leucotomy operations aka Lobotomy operations were performed here.
A trip to the Abandoned St Johns Lunatic Asylum in Lincoln. This report includes photos of the previously inaccessible hospital nursery as well as some shots of the classic honeycomb corridors which sit above the main cells….
Forming part of a 16th Century estate the Pool Park Hospital was part of the North Wales Hospital group, purchased and opening in 1937 it continued to operate until 1991 when it was the first to close before the larger Main Denbigh Hospital which finally closed its doors in 1995.
Glasgow District Asylum aka Gartloch Hospital began construction in 1989 and is located on Gartloch road in near the village of Gartcosh. The Asylum finally opened its doors in 1986 and after exactly 100 years serving various patients the Hospital finally closed in 1996…