Taken in St Augustine’s Asylum in Chartham, Kent (UK) in February 2011.

St Augustine’s Asylum opened in 1875. The hospital gained notoriety in the 1970s when it was the subject of a committee of inquiry into malpractice and mismanagement. The asylum closed in 1993 and the site is now occupied by housing, although a few of the original hospital buildings remain.

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  • Bob Culshaw
    Bob Culshawover 3 years ago

    Wow Natalie – every picture tells a story!

  • missmoneypenny
    missmoneypennyover 3 years ago

    The picture definitely portays a feeling of doom and gloom

  • AlliD
    AlliDover 3 years ago

    Poignant and powerful. Well taken.

  • Photography  by Mathilde
    Photography b...over 3 years ago

    This was/is the site of some beautiful old buildings – we had a place just like this (Stoke Park) in Bristol. I think your image is the perfect depiction of the terrible things that happened in these places – riveting image!!!

  • Many thanks for stopping by and commenting :o) unfortunately there aren’t a lot of buildings left on the site as they’ve been replaced with housing but it was great to explore what does remain!

    – Natalie Broome

  • CJTill
    CJTillover 3 years ago

    You have found beauty in decay, Excellent work Natalie.

  • swaby
    swabyover 3 years ago

    Bet it wasnt a happy place in its day, great capture tho of days gone by!

  • JEZ22
    JEZ22over 3 years ago

    Superb Shot Natalie, I only live 15 mins from here and didn’t know you could get shots like this.

  • Many thanks for your comment – there’s still lots to explore in what remains on the site, but it is in a bad state of decay!

    – Natalie Broome

  • Josephine Pugh
    Josephine Pughover 3 years ago

    Beautiful job Nat! An awesome capture- so moody!

  • LTPhotography
    LTPhotographyover 3 years ago

    Excellent composition!

  • hastypudding
    hastypuddingover 3 years ago

    you really captured the essence of what some asylums really were….shades of “One Flew Over the Cookoo’s nest.” treatment of the patients…

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