Shop

Shot taken inside the abandoned Harperbury Asylum in Radlett.

Featured in ‘No More Color’, August 2011.

Harperbury was one of the ‘London 5’ asylums or ‘colonies’ built to ‘house’ London’s burgeoning ‘mental defectives’ or ‘insane’ (the preferred terms of the time).

Harperbury was built in the 1920s to house c.2,000 people in male, female and (unusually) child ‘villas’. It is in a semi-rural location surrounded by fields; to keep the inhabitants in or to keep the mentally ill out of sight for the public?

Harperbury had a school on site too for children we would now class as having Autism, Downs Syndrome, Epilepsy and so on. Large parts of the site are now derelict and totally abandoned. Some are still operational.

There is a large amount of information about Harperbury on the internet. An excellent article can be found here This article details the story of someone who worked at the Asylum.

An aerial view of the site can be seen by entering the postcode WD7 9HQ into Google Maps (or similar).

Tags

harperbury, harperbury asylum, asylum, doll, black, child, toy, childhood, josephine pugh, urbex, urban exploration, baby, abandoned, derelict, glass, shattered, broken, eye

A photograph is a trace of its subject. The viewer and the image belong to each other. Capturing these traces is a passion, an obsession for me. I hope the thrill comes through in my images.

View Full Profile

Comments

  • Richard Pitman
    Richard Pitmanalmost 3 years ago

    Again, almost human. Almost…

  • BK Photography
    BK Photographyalmost 3 years ago


    Love it

  • Big-Keg! I’m so delighted! Thank you for picking this one to be among your awesome selection.

    – Josephine Pugh

  • VenusOak
    VenusOakalmost 3 years ago

    a great photo and very touching history

desktop tablet-landscape content-width tablet-portrait workstream-4-across phone-landscape phone-portrait