Windlestone Hall

Urbex: Windlestone Hall, County Durham – April 2017

Windlestone Hall is an abandoned 19th Century Country House located in County Durham. A manor house has stood at the site since the 1600’s, however, the main building was replaced with the current structure in 1835 with a new mansion by the design of Ignatius Bonomi. The house was also used as a prisoner of war camp during World War II. After the War years, the Hall was utilised by Windlestone Hall School which was a local authority funded special school…

St Joseph's Psychiatric Hospital

Urbex: St Joseph’s Psychiatric Hospital, Ireland – April 2017

Originally opened in 1827, St Joseph’s Psychiatric Hospital also known as Limerick’s Lunatic Asylum in Ireland opened its doors to the first 150 patients over the next 20 years the population of the asylum reached a staggering 1,000 patients. Currently some of the building remains in use however no longer caters for patients. The remaining buildings and wings are left abandoned and deteriorating…

Connacht District Lunatic Asylum aka St Brigid's Psychiatric Hospital

Urbex: Connacht District Lunatic Asylum aka St Brigid’s Psychiatric Hospital, Ireland – April 2017 (Part 2)

Part 2 of our visit to Connacht District Lunatic Asylum aka St Brigid’s Psychiatric Hospital. After failing at a couple of other locations the next day, we decided to go Back to St Brigids to take another look inside. This time we managed to access the clock tower which still had the original bell in place despite attempts by thieves to cut the thing in half!

Connacht District Lunatic Asylum aka St Brigid's Psychiatric Hospital

Urbex: Connacht District Lunatic Asylum aka St Brigid’s Psychiatric Hospital, Ireland – April 2017 (Part 1)

Connacht District Lunatic Asylum, which later became known as St Brigids Hospital, was one of the first Irish District Asylums to be completed and opened its doors in 1833. Originally created to cater for the ‘curable lunatics’ cases, the hospital struggled with securing funding and in rejecting patients which were not suitable for the intended purpose of the Asylum…