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West Park Asylum (or West Park Hospital) was a large psychiatric hospital in Epsom, Surrey. The hospital was designed by William C. Clifford-Smith (architect to the London County Council), who was also involved in the design of nearby St Ebba’s Hospital. The hospital had been in planning since 1906, and by 1917 it was largely complete; however, the outbreak of war postponed opening until 1923.

When complete the hospital could cater for around 2,000 patients of mixed class, and hence the site had extensive boiler houses and plant rooms, a large laundry and a substantial water tower. There were enormous kitchens located behind the canteen, and in turn this was behind the main hall/ballroom. However, the main hall suffered an arson attack on September 30th 2003 and is now a burnt out shell. The asylum also boasted its own railway but this was removed in 1950, and no trace remains except around the central engineering block. The main stores and sewing rooms were also located here, but other services, such as the mortuary and chapel, were located by the entrance road, along with two lodges for the matrons and a large manor for the superintendent.

The hospital was slowly run down from the mid 1990s, and by 2003 most of the hospital was closed and derelict. A few outer ward buildings and villas remain open today and are still used for psychiatric treatment. As the hospital is largely derelict, it is of increasing interest to urban explorers who visit for the sheer size of the hospital, and also for many hospital items still in situ, such as beds, drugs, kitchen equipment and personal items. A padded cell is also of interest to explorers.

The hospital was the last great London asylum, and the last of the Epsom Cluster, a group of 5 mental institutes (the others being Horton, Manor, Long Grove and St Ebba’s.) The asylum follows the compact arrow design, with external villas.

Comments

  • Ann Evans
    Ann Evansover 4 years ago

    wow I love this and the side note! I can’t get enough of history and images like these…The high contrast makes me feel like I am about to walk through the door and take a seat….wonderful image here Daniel instant fav for me x

  • Hiya and thanks .. It was an image I had lying around for a while and wasn’t too sure about :-)

    – BULLYMEISTER

  • Matt Roberts
    Matt Robertsover 4 years ago

    The sign of the door is a nice touch.

  • Thanks Matty

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  • PolarityPhoto
    PolarityPhotoover 4 years ago

    I wish I could feature this twice it’s so good.

  • Really? well thank you so much ..
    Lovin your work and your group.

    – BULLYMEISTER

  • Alex Mokrzycki
    Alex Mokrzyckiover 4 years ago

    well seen and shot

  • Thanks again Alex

    – BULLYMEISTER

  • clancy214
    clancy214over 4 years ago

    love the colors… great photo!

  • Thanks so much xxx

    – BULLYMEISTER

  • richman
    richmanover 4 years ago

    great shot! full of charachter

  • Thanks so much Richman

    – BULLYMEISTER

  • Andrew Bradsworth
    Andrew Bradsworthover 4 years ago

    Congrats Daniel, your image has been featured in ThE fInE aRt Of pEEliNg PaINt … great work!

  • Thank you so much Andrew really glad you like it.

    – BULLYMEISTER

  • freesoup
    freesoupover 4 years ago

    amazing ..battered to death.

  • That was a part in good condition :-)

    – BULLYMEISTER

  • PaulineC
    PaulineCover 4 years ago

    What stories those chairs could tell.

  • The whole place had hidden stories I would think

    – BULLYMEISTER

  • Sanne Thijs
    Sanne Thijsover 4 years ago

    Congrats on the friend of redbubble-homapge-feature!!!

  • Wow that is intense :-)

    – BULLYMEISTER

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