Hellingly hospital (East sussex mental asylum)
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The Lost Asylum
The East Essex County Mental Asylum opened its doors in 1903. It is built close to the small village of Hellingly, in South West England. The architect G.T. Hine designed the Victorian hospital on a very large scale, spreading the many buildings on a huge campus.
The admin building
Isolated from everything, having only one single road and its own train line, the psychatric asylum remained self-sufficient for years.
Patients & staff used to live under the same roof in the many red bricks buildings linked by closed hallways, and offering "therapeutic" and relaxing views onthe surrounding quiet and green countryside.
The asylum closed its doors in 1994; since then it is decaying, forgotten and rotting in the middle of nowhere...
been up there yesterday, just to let people know 4 buildings remain that are somewhat vandalised. some great shots from outside. The main building left has metal security shutters with bolts through the actual building meaning they cannot be... removed... the chapel is boarded and bolted. there are signs stating CCTV is in operation which is untrue. Security is extremely relaxed so much so that we wandered around with our camera kit in broad daylight sizing the building up and locals less than batted an eyelid. all boundaries are penetrable the blue boarding has gaps at either side that means you can easily gain entry pushing yourself against the trees, all I can say is that the boundaries are the least of your worries as all windows are boarded. It is not impossible and I personally say its well worth thing the time to thinking about how you could get in...
I was up there a few nights ago & theres nothing much left I am afraid to say, glad to see the old chapel is still standing tho & I belive the old water tower is still standing even tho we couldn't see it through the trees... I noticed some of the buildings left standing have been repurposed (which is a good thing) but it is a crying shame that the decision was taken to demolish Hellingly... I did notice 1 building that does still seem to be derelict tho sourrounded by high blue boarding... If anyone knows what this building is, what it was used for & if there any plans for it I would be gratefull.
Hi I was wondering if anyone local or who has been knows if within the next 2 months you can still sneak in and visit any of the sites left ?
Can.anyone.answer. My question
has it all been demolished then??
Worked there when the demolition began. Sad to see all the old buildings go but that is progress ( is it?) Only a few bits and pieces left now - if you are going to try and take pics get in touch as I live locally ( like 7 minutes walk lol)
So sad to see the magnificent Hellingly Hospital is being demolished. It has quite a place in my family history, as my great uncle was a registrar psychiatrist there in the 60s and my dad worked in admin there, before the patients were transferred to Amberstone, working in total for the NHS for 20 years in mental health fascilities. I remember going to the wonderful firework displays in the grounds of Hellingly as a kid, they put on a spectacular show, I have never seen the like of it since. I always wondered about how the patients felt, stuck in the building, watching all the people outside enjoying the fireworks, made me feel quite sad (I know they were in there for a reason!) Wish I had re-visited Hellingly before it was demolished.
Wow how sad it is to read what has been happening to Hellingly Hospital, this most fascinating and intriging place to work. Yes l worked there having done my nurse training in 1980. I was lucky enough to work on such wards as Bodiam with the great Moria Gill, Chailey with Sandra Levett and many other wards, finally finishing on Iden Ward at Park House with Norma Luther.. I guess l wouldn;t be the man l am today if l hadn;t had a good start to life at Hellingly. So Many happy memories of the social club, living in at Tennyson House initially and latterley at Farmstead and then the caravan park on New Road. I also remember the chips and salad cream topping lol..I will never forget my days spent there they were some of the happiest days of my life, what is even more strange l am now coming up for retirement at 55yrs , so for those of you that thought l would never make it ,,,he he he you were wrong and l even managed to hold some senior postions. I would love to hear from you if you remember me , Finally l will always remember what a patient reminded me of Hellingly spelt backwards symbollically reads Ly in hell
Hey there my names is cece and resently ive been going to the place each year, when the place was still abandoned me and my step mum and dad went there and we took a few pics in daylight and we got cloaked figures in each window on the pictures, you could see the ghostly deep black eyes and everythink, later on we went back at night, my step mum took alot off photos on her flash camera she caught misty ghost dogs and alot of orbs, one even was so big it covered up most of the photo, we went too the woods after the hosptital and took a photo of dad walking in the woods, behind him was a girl who had long hair and a nurse sort of outfit, sorta looking like the grudge if anyones seen the film, it was freaky and really intrested me about the hostital a few weeks later i was with steve (my dads friend) and his daughter which is my friendd and we went too the woods and he went off and we went to the lake bit, he came running towards us after about 40 mins and said he found a human skull, i just thought it was a animal but it even had drill holes in the sides, steve took it too the police and they did all work on it and they found out it was a humans skull from a man from the hostital who went missing years ago i was so amazed, since all that we never went back there since i was out with friends more and stuff so didnt really have time, but i found out in hailsham gazzete it had been knocked down for new flats and houses i was so so so upset, they sould have fixed it up, it wouldnt of costed as more then :/ but no.. which is a shame.. thanks for reading guys x
It closed on the year I was born <3 I hate that most have it has been knocked down, but on the plus side, I'm going to be living in the houses that are being built. Exploration time. <3
cant belive that most of the building has been knocked down that place is a legend WHAT A SHAME!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Hey everyone.... hardly anything left of the building now all been knocked down and houses have been built. so sad...
Does anyone know who I can contact to try and get into the old asylum. I can't just break in before anyone says that as I'm a bit of a goody two shoes!!
does anyone know if any part of hellinly is standin as really wanna go there, or does anyone else no of any haunted derelict buildings in east sussex area
Is this building still available to explore? Im getting so frustrated with all these awesome buildings being torn down and renovated into housing, or torn down for no reason. Is there ANYWHERE in england still to visit?
I went back there - It`s so sad it was my home once
went to Hellingly about an hour ago, never going again. security guard told me and a few friends to be careful of the ditches and things as demolishment has begun. a few bulidings are still up.. but very haunted!
Has anyone been to Hellingly in the last couple of weeks? If so is there still some of the hospital standing or is it all housing now?
has demolition started yet??? we would love to visit
Kingsway Hopsital in Derby is also an amazing old building, sadly it is now being knocked down so they can build hundreds of houses.
I went with my boyfriend to visit Hellingly today. I hoped to get into the grounds, having travelled on two buses from Brighton and to arrive in the middle of nowhere. It was spooky walking in the woods and i felt on edge but when we came across signs that said 'NHS site' and 'keep out-guard dogs on patrol' we knew we had found it. We eventually came out into a clearing that revealed the old, decaying hospital. I couldn't get in however, there were far too many cranes and workmen about. I was hoping to enter the asylum and do some filming for a project, but there was no way i could have done it without getting caught. The hospital is slowly being broken down day by day, if there is anyone out there who has a passion for this place then get there quick before it's gone, it wont be long now before it is. What i did see was very compelling and heightened my frustrations at not being able to explore further. I plan to go again, but will try arriving at 5pm when the workmen have gone home. There are plenty of openings in the fences to get in.
I just went on the 22nd May to take photographs for a photography project, there was security but it was as easy as pie getting in. A few of the fences were completely down and no one was there to stop us. I'm planning on going back soon to reshoot but if anyone is thinking of going you better get going soon because they have already demolished a lot. I went their before last summer where the hall was still up which is now gone and also huge sections of the main building/wards etc.
me and my boyfriend went to hellingly on may 12th and were unable to get in.
we sneeked through a gap in a fence at aroung half 8 in the evening and wandered around the out side of the remaining buildings of which there were only about 4. but since all were missing the front walls and a couple also missing sides we decided not to venture into the buldings. we got a few pics from the out side and some of the building over the road. felt very dissopointed we could not venture in. we also got a picture of the oposite buliding, the picture shows hundereds of orbs. and another takens seconds later was shrouded in fog. though it was stil quite light. both pictures are very daark
We're planning on coming down on the 10th for our college photography project. Have you gotten any permission to go at all or are you hoping to just jump in? Because if you want anybody to come with you, there are three college students willing to tag along.
I am planning to go to the site on May 10, 2011 because | need to take some pictures for a project with a photographer. I am quite concerned that they might have demolished almost everything by now or that we won't have access.
I was wondering if there is anyone that has been there in the past few days to let me know about the site's condition. I am gonna have some equipment with me and as I do not have the time to pay a visit before the photoshoot I would be sooooo gratefull if anyone could help.
Thanks a lot!
This place looks great - me and a couple of friends are thinking of paying a visit - how do you get there by car ???
I went to Hellingly hospital yesterday morning at about 10:30 am, there were loads and loads of builders around and half the houses have been ripped apart. I was very surprised as I was not expecting there to be so many buildings, it was like a small village with these huge victorian buildings on other sides of the road. I went with my mum and we decided to ask the site boss if there was any chance we would be alllowed to go inside the houses and he didnt seem surprised that we were asking so had obviously had a lot of people ask him the same thing! He said it was too dangerous for even him to go near them because the houses were made of asbestos which is a dangerous chemical that if breathed in may cause luncg cancer, so that was definitly good to know, to not try and sneak past all the builders! so definitly worth knowing! However we then asked about the building on the other side of the road which had tall gating in front of it and he replied that it had nothing to do with them and we may have to ask the council about it because they did not know anything about it! This was brilliant for us! so we went round the corner of the gating and there was no gating, just the house there, golddust! There was a perfect amount of decay and we didnt have to worry about being caught as we had asked about it and there didnt seem too bothered by it. So for anyone wanting to go there, that is the one to go to, as at the moment it is the only one you can! It has a big green wall in front of it with a padlock but if you go round the corner of it, there you are
hope this helps anyone! Hellingly Hospital
i am planing to go to Hellingly hospital just on time ,i suppose, before its 'final solution'
I wonder if anyone that has been there before could tell me what would b the easiest ,cheapest way to get there..from london, or what busses,trains,coaches operate around that area that we could fish to get to the hellingly hospital
( as well if someone knows cheap accomodation in the soroundings ) any tip appreciated
thank you very much for your help.
Hi, i am a student and im in the process of making a documentary about the hospital, i am trying to contact anyone who work there at any time that would be willing to be interviews/photographed and be a part of the documentary i think it would be really interesting, please email me at
if you know anyone please ask it would be a huge help,
Hi, been there on 21 january 2011 (friday), it's still there but loads of workers around, we got ourselfs safety jackets and they let us through! they went like (two black guys) 'its dangerous there but if you want, you can go...' They knocked down quite a bit already, and i think it wont last more than few months... shame, its amazing! We made loads of pictures, if you interested in the output, and got facebook, here is the link:
My mother worked at Hellingly in the 60 & 70's, in fact she was the first female ward sister of a male ward.
I remember going to the Summer holidays Clubs on the site - in some of the dis-used houses in the grounds. They were quite scary as we were not allowed to go upstairs, we were told story about the old inmate to scare us - but in reality it was just used for old bed storage and they did not want kids messing about.
The ground were always kept up to a high standard - by the inmates, (thats how they were treated), even though there were few locked wards. That always scared us when we walked the long corridors - and my mother would say 'that a locked ward' as we understood that where the dangerious people were kept. The patients could just leave as there were no gate to the grounds, I could never understand why they did not leave, untill my mother expailned that they had no where else to go. It was very sad as it just seemed to be full of very old, lonely people - who were just dumped. The place was a the only family that they knew.
I remember the nights in the social club, bonfire nights and meeting father christmas in the big ball room, were my father played babinton all winter - as he worked in the kitchens there too
If you want to go there, go soon. I was there on a couple of days ago, and the admin building is still there - just. It looks like the builders are nearest that area, as the laundry at the back of the admin block is now totally gone. The floors and general state of that is atrocious too. The only interesting thing is the old dental chair in there.
The rest of the main building is a different matter though. The female block is completely intact and in a (relatively) good state of repair, but the male block on the west side isn't nearly so good. The upper floor is fine, but the ground floor is falling away under your feet and is pretty treacherous. Definitely worth seeing though, as is the main hall, although the floor is now gone, the projector gallery is still intact, and there's some fantastic graffiti. Pick your times carefully though to avoid security and builders.
Wow im really impressed with all these comments ..... my ex-girlfriend works there and just to say ..... its far from scary -_-
i used to go there every evening and pick her up .. i used to talk to the paicents sure they did stuff wrong but there not 'nutters' most of them know what they done and why they did it .. as for the cafe ... itc actually quite social and an interesting place to be. so overall its not a to bad place
Oh and the security are hot cos well
1, its a mental hospital
2, your probably trespassing on a privet property
3, its a really interesting place ..... ive had a tour
I lived in the Shawpitts Cottages from 1931 to 1939 and visited earler times to see Grandma Brett. Well, my parents had a friend called Bob feast from Polegate. Bob visited a lady friend at the hospital and on occasions would take us kids to see a film at the hospital cinema. So we saw a number of movies there tho I can't remember any of the names. It was always so quiet there, and hardly ever a staff member seen. The gardens were alwaysl beautifully kept. Up the hill was a wooded area where we often roamed, especially in autumn when we gathered chestnuts and conkers(horse chestnuts) around the back of the hospital there was an orchard where once we gathered some beautiful apples - wonder why we only went there once. Now, like so many things including my old Shawpitts home, it fades into history and 400 houses apparently will take it's place.
Feck NO we`ve very nearly flattened the lot , so we have
I'm planning to visit this place on the weekend.
Anyone knows if still is possible entering to these premises?
i went here a few yrs ago with a few friends and there was still alot there we got round the bk of it and was palyin with a few things that was in the bk ie chairs ect and im sure wen i looked up i see some1 or somethinkin lookin down at us.after a while we drove up a bit and didnt realise the new one was there we was in are cars and they shut the bars and called the police as we was not ment to b there was very scarey so if u do go b carefull not 2 get spotted
i was just wondering.... i'd love to visit this place it looks amazing but i'm a lil worried it might have been knocked down or something by now, does anyone kno if it still stands today? i am a new comer to the urban explorin but i absolutely love these old abandoned buildings they're so full of history it's thick in the air and they just don't make these kinds of structures anymore... it's such a shame. if anyone can give me any info i'd really appreciate it. thanks all for the advice and the great pics i hope i can make it there before it's gone!
we went last nite really freaky, we explored in daytime on Sunday and was well worth a look one room we went in the window kept slamming for no reason, met some builders who explained the church is the place to go for activity as 2 builders been physically pushed and bruised in there, they did warn the floor is rotten and decayed tho. upstairs is the safest place to explore as floor still intact, anyone know anymore on the church please add comments, but would say well worth a visit!!!!
Can we stil visit, we like to shoot some pics. Any information about this abandoned or other buildings are more then welcome!! Thanks
Me & a Few Friends Went Up At About 11pm To See How Far We Could Get..We Didnt Get Very Far Is I Kept Feeling Things Touching My Shoulders && Freaked Slightly...But We Did Walk Up To The Fence And Looked Out, The Final Straw Was A Window On The Second Floor Opened Right In Front Of Our Eyes. I Would Love To Know If There Was Someone Actually In There Or It Was A Spirit, Cos It Scared Uss Big Time We Upped And Left Pretty Pronto x
Looking at the sad decay in these photographs takes me back to what only seemed like yesterday...I worked at Hellingly Hospital on Guestling ward, Hartfield ward, Keymer and Kingston ward most of the time, between 1979 and 1983, frequenting the staff social club to wind down in the evenings and occasional lunchtimes.
These are some memories that seem like yesterday...
14 hour shifts were not unusual, with 3 people on shift on anafternoon, to care for 20 or so patients....Trundling off with the oversized ward key (that fitted every ward door) in our pockets, to the staff canteen for a bowl of chips with salad cream in our breaks.
Purchasing tickets at the centre, and riding the hospital bus into Hailsham for provisions amongst tired, collegues; sending out for a curry or a chinese and paying the taxi driver on thier return ('Jayline' cars I recall) after the end of a weary shift; inpromptu parties in each other's rooms which seemed to go on until dawn; the freedom to walk the grounds on a fresh summers day, with the gardens in full bloom, and the patients busy in the greenhouses preparing the poinstia's which were abandunt each winter throughout the many wards, are all fond memories I have.
It was a community for staff and patients alike. I was one of the staff who 'lived in' for a while. Without the experience of Hellingly, I would not be the person I am today.
Yes, the notion of such an institution today, is outdated, barbaric and socially wrong, though when I see the isolation and vulnerability of people in the community where services are set to be cut, it saddens me.
I wonder what we would have done differently...
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me and about 20 mates went to hellingly last night, there was only a few building left and they wernt that amzing. we didnt see any security but we got caught by the police. they just asked us to leave. i think the admin building is still there and the church. not sure what the other buildings were. we found a very cool dentist chair which was pretty creepy have fun there but becarefull off the floor, its very rotton x
I went into hellingly and found the visit ground shaking - I'm not going back to put it quickly! (Don't laugh but...) My partner and I are aware of spooks there, the place is riddled with folk who are confused, worried, sad, angry and dangerous. As I'm sure your all aware there's a church at the side of the site - DO NOT go anywhere near it, we decided to without really thinking and I've been physically pushed away - that evening I took a shower to come out and find bruises on my back - in the clear and definite form of hand prints. We've taken loads of photos and can see VERY VERY clear outlines of various spooks - I've found a few spooks on the published photos here.
Secondly We tried to get in using every single point of access - the place is near as dammit demolished, there's nothing really left bar the main building (which is beautiful) and the church. Security is there and boy are they looking for folk like us trying to get it! we were watched like hawks! I hint for anyone coming in still - the CCTV, dilapidated as it looks still works - very well, we've been in and seen red lights of 99% of them indicating they're active - the office site also has a full 2 screens of cameras - watch it.
Finally the area you may be around is an active NHS Mental Unit - The people in the area are nutters who have been put away and serving sentences of various lengths. The Coffee Shop is for patient and staff use only - it's a rehabilitation unit - stay well clear off this area - the patients are being chemically subdued.
I'm not hoaxing or trying to deter, I'm just saying be careful and watch what you do. I've found all the information from a friend of mine who's mother is a NHS District Manager and who still has control over the general site. Take Care and I look forward to seeing more photos of this beautiful, historic and trouble place
Went yesterday this place is about as isolated as a Mcdonalds in a retail park, there were tons of things round the grounds and not to mention the houses they are building, it's not even that much out of the way it's right next to a village... very disappointing.
My parents were nurses at Hellingly from 1926 to 1942 I was born in 1930 and we lived in a hospital house in New Rd. I would like to contact anyone who can remember those times. Both my parents sang in the hospital choir and my Father ran the Hospital Dance Band,his name was Joe Key. I can remember as a child going to the cinema and variety concerts held in the Hospital Theatre. The Superintendant in those years was Dr. Reid. The gardens and farmlands were often worked by patients with shell shocked conditions from the 1st. w.w. and they wore special blue clothing to set them apart from the other patients. Pat Dean nee. Key
Hey Frank , you seem like a nice boy. Take a train to Polegate . Then take the ghost train right to our door . Or you could follow The Cuckoo Trail ( where the railway was ) if you hired a bike in Polegate.
Hey guys I'm really interested in getting up there but I'm a college student in southampton and I finding it difficult to get up there. Can anyone tell me a relatively easy way of getting there?
i got in a couple of weeks ago and took loads of pics. didnt even see security. stayed pretty out the way though and didnt go near the water tower as it is nearer security adn didnt want to get caught
came back from hellingly yet again , took loads of photos, demolition is going on , talks about the tower being blown up in a few weeks ...if there is anyone who wants to come along and see this beautiful building and some of the best Graffiti . more than happy to show you a way in if anyone fancys it ....firstname.lastname@example.org
me e mail is email@example.com if anyone wants to conact me about going
i am going this weekend if anyone wants to come. went down on weds night and found a way to get in. and no one batted an eyelid either
have been to Hellingly this morning and evening, there is ways to get in , had to dodge the workman as i took photographs tower still standing my next quest ....time is running short.... demolition is under way ... and yes you can still get in just off grove hill park in the car park your nose will lead the way good luck
I want to visit Hellingly in the next few weeks. Have been reading all the advise posted, but I have never been on an exploration - so if there is anyone out there with more advice or is familiar with it and wants to come along, please post back
Checked it out. It's still standing. Just The building itself is pretty generic but as soon as you hit that theatre. Wow. Even the graffiti is worth scouting out for. Easy enough to get into tbh, went around the back. Plenty of holes to climb through just be fricking careful if you do decide to go. don't go if you intend to prat about. that'll seriously be the end of you, it's seriously dilapidated and one wrong footing is so easy to do. Just be mindful of everything and take your time. Peace. x
I shot my final collection here last year, absolutely love the place there is something addictive about it! seriously recommend doing a reckie first for a fashion shoot as it is such a vast space and getting garments in and around is a nightmare so it is good to have a plan so you dont loose day light and warmth. Also do not go alone or without at least one guy, bumped into a load of pikees in there and wouldn't have liked it if it had just been a bunch of us girls and the security guard is weird. He actually broke down a door to let us in, i dont know the security guards name but i did a bit of ringing around through the hospital itself and managed to get through to someone, this was last year and unfortunately i have broken my phone and lost the number since then. But it is possible to get in in a safe way, you just have to do a bit of digging, and as far as i know it is still standing (just about) but i doubt it will be for long.
it is a stunning place but there are parts where the floor is literally coming away and this is on higher levels as well as ground so be really careful, but couldnt recommend doing it more. good luck!
hi i dont suppose anyone knows the number or name of the security company so i can call them, or even if this place is still there as i would loveee to do a fashion shoot coming up there?! thanks x
I don't suppose you could provide the name of the Security Co., could you? Thanks.
I got in there a few years ago now to take pics. My friends and tried to sneak in time after time with no luck...we kept getting caught until finally i just thought Hey! why not call the security company! That's what i did, i signed a waver and i got a guided tour from someone that knew where was safe and where really wasn't (huge holes in the floors...be careful if you sneak in) amazing amazing place. It was a few years back so maybe they are more strict now but worth a try.
Have fun, stay safe!
iTS STILL THERE BUT NOT FOR LONG GO SOON B4 IT COMES DOWN
Hi all, heard news that this place had already been demolished? can anyone confirm that it is still actually standing? and if so is it impossible to get into these days?
does anyone know any websites where i can get more information about this place? or photos that were taken when it was still in use? thanks
Is is possible to visit this site legitimately to take photo's, save being followed by security guard and dogs? if so does anyone know who I'd contact to get permission?
Hi all, i am hoping to visit Hellingly, can anyone give me advise
I want to go in there for photos for my uni project. I know its unsafe or what ever...but even just one room would be awesome. This is the only place closest to me. I need like photos of close-up eroding walls or whatever. If anyone have a any photos they can donate to me for my project it will great. I am in a first year textiles degree
hiya has anyone been there in thee night time recently? coz me and a few mates were thinking this could be the perfect place for ghost hunting if any one could help us find a way in without getting caught feel free too email me on firstname.lastname@example.org thank you
Just airing on the side of caution guys, I can understand why some folk see the appeal of Hellingly Asylum, for the Architecture, history etc,but there are some kids who may be reading this and many others like it, please bare in mind if these individuals follow the masses, they're the ones likely to either be seriously injured or worse case scenario killed in these buildings! Yes I am a Dog handler with a security firm working on a similar site to Hellingly, no hiding the fact, and I have had to go into a building with my dog to trace these kids to get them out, and yup I have found a blood trail leading from a huge hole in the floor were it had given way under their weight! not a pretty sight to be honest guys, imagine finding bloodspattered walls and floor and trying to find them in a derelict unlit, unsafe building that in places could drop at any god given second? With the recent storms we have had countrywide it's made derelict buildings like this even more un safe, not saying don't go to Hellingly, it's your life and your mind, but I would hate to be the guy there wether security or building cotractor who finds someone either seriously wounded or having to tell the Police they Have a body on site!!! It's going to happen sooner or later, thats fact, I just hope it isn't a young lad or girl who thought it would be clever to follow the trend and go see for themselves!
Hey people !
I contacted Flubbera87 about getting some help, and he emailed me a map with the entrance, best route, locations of security huts and routes of their patrols.
I can say that it worked for me a TREAT ! THANK YOU soo much !, got in no fuss or hassle !, all i can say is that i had to forward him my place of work. (as i dont think he will hand it out if you just ask him to ), he called the number to check if i work there (which he asked my permission first to check), I didnt mind as i can understand that he doesnt want security to get hold of the map.
Yeah pretty rubs that it's sounding a lot harder to get in now that, i assume, work has started. As someone asked earlier, if anyone knows about anything similar in the sussex area could you pop me an email at monstersexist at gmail.com by chance?
Guys, word of warning ! please no longer discuss on here on ways to get into the old girl as i have heard that the guards nose on this site now. ! !
If you would like anu help PM me on email@example.com and i will try to help.
Thanks for reading !
Well I tried to get into see the ole girl for myself last night to see her for myself and say a final goobye to this marvellous piece of architecture, finally managing to fumble my way across the field at the back only to be greeted by reinforced fencing and the sound of the security approaching, I wasn't going to hang around to be caught and interogated and I certainly wasn't going top wait around to see what was making the mad barking sounds that were accompanying the oncoming guards. Needless to say I was out of breath when I finally got to a safe distance and away from the dog handlers!!
Although I did manage to drive past the security on the main driveway for a closer look at the front of the main enterance, on the way back down I did see the owner of the mad barking sounds from earlier, I was glad I didn't hang around to find out as I saw the ugliest and biggest German shepherd standing with it's handler at the security hut!!!!! You can imagine the thoughts going through my head at the sight of it, Don't fancy it's teeth in my ass. I'll be sorry to see this grand old lady bought to the ground, but at least there are guys who have manged to get photo's of her in the past, for those of you planning to go up there to look for yourselfs, I wouldn't, unless you really fancy meeting the security and the dogs that patrol alongside them.
My GF and I managed to sneak in there Sunday lunchtime.
It was our first visit and it took us a couple of hours to work out how to get close, then get in!
We ended up parking in a small car park called ‘Parkwood’ we then headed along a wooded path and then into the car park in the main complex.
This seemed to be still operational and there were people outside the buildings….some looked like patients!
We just kept walking, bold as brass past the building, past a small football field, then bolted over a fence…kept low and edged closer to the main building.
This is obviously not the way to get in as we could have been spotted several times but we could not find the other route. At this point we were very close to the fence, concealed in the under growth looking for a gap in the fence.
We decided to go for it and just walk on the path until we saw a gap…if we got spotted then so be it!
Then we spotted the burnt out car a few hundred yards on our left in field. This gave me some idea where to go now and I heard there was a gap nearby. We spotted a bit of the fence that had been bent, it was also next to a tree, this where the gap was as the fence stopped.
Nice!...round the fence then into the building…someone had kindly put a cushion on the floor to help our landing!...cheers whomever that was….we were IN!!!.....question is where do we go now!!...we carefully wondered round until we stumbled into the theatre area…that was cool…so much to see…really need to go back now with someone who knows the place. After an hour and a half we had to leave it was getting late and we had not torches etc. We got out no problems..no guards, police etc…they must have been watching Chelsea V Liverpool!
Well, what can i say ? took a couple of hours to get there parked in villiage and walked up to the old girl. From what I saw it looked very impressive !, but thats where it stops.
Security (guy in volkswagen estate) then collered me outside the fenced area and started to give me abuse about people like "us" thinking that we can do what we want ect ect. (he was being quite agressive and threw open his door as to try to scare me back, but failed) Told me to f off. So walked back down the road and turned right by the main road at which point the other guy ( In a black Vauxhall corsa followed me ) I decided to turn back around to try another way but as i passed to main road to the place a police car came screaming up behind me.
Anyway fact is i got stopped they searched me and had a look at my photos that i had taken (while the 2 security guards stood there) and told me i had to delete the pics, but the good ol cops said that they had a look and there were no photos on there and said i had allready deleted them ???? (huh)
TBH if anybody is going back up there soon could you PM me on firstname.lastname@example.org as id like to get into the place and it is a long ways to travel.
Cheers for all you info btw.
I have just got back from there and managed to gain entry to the building on the left had side up the driveway. I parked just past the building on the left hand side. There were quite a few other cars in the area so i think that the area is staffd dury the day on on of the oter nearby buildings. Got some good shots. When i came out, i got nabbed by a couple of security guys who asked me to leave (and delete my pictures... yeah right!!!). I drove off then later parked up in new road at the rear (just south) of the area and the security car slowed down as it passed me. I think they know my face and car, so will porbabl leave it a few days before i giv it another go.
I first went to Hellingly abot 8 years ago when i first started photography. I have my 35mm Pentax SLR, but now i have goe digital i have wanted to return for some time and after reading this blog i realised i'd better do it sooner rather than later. Th first time i went i g some crackin shots, i foun myself in a small corridor and found a white ice skating boot without a scratch on it, just sitting on top of a pile of debris, very surreal. I also found pieces of jigsaw puzzle pieces scattered all over the floor in another room, almost as if a patient was halfway through completing it and was then sent elsewhere, never being able to return top finish it.
Reply to Mr A Crowley... Another great place to visit is the Steyning cement works off the A27 between Brighton and Shoreham, i got some great shots there a few years ago, but went back last week and it looks like they are refurbing it. There were contractors on the gate who didnt like the idea of me coming in when i asked them (i thought what do i have to lose!).
re comments below about the police being called. You could say i have a little knowledge on the subject and can say that it would be unlikely that the police would attend at this point in time. The reason being is that tresspass is a civil matter, not a criminal one (that is unless damage was being caused) and many officers from various areas are being kept busy with the labour party conference in brighton at the moment and i dont think that photographers wandering around wasteland would be high on their priority list.
I am so gutted I have only just found out about this place and its to be knocked down!!
Can anyone recommend any other plaves in Sussex?
Hellingly has been sold for housing development, and plans have been confirmed to start building...
theres been enough warning on here to grab your chance to see it, YOU DONT HAVE LONG!
The best way to get in is the back, park your car within the village, and follow the dirt track which heads towards the asylum, you can find this on www.bingmaps.com or google maps etc... at the end of the dirt track there is a path follow the path up till you reach a fence, pass through the tight gap and head up along the path, your know when your close when you bump into a burnt out vauxhall frontera, carry on up the path and when you reach the fence go right and follow it along till you find a gap... by this time the shere size of hellingly is apparent. and you can the choose which way you'd like to get in ... just make sure you can remember the route back once your in =]
ocassionally you may bump into people who know the place like myself so probs better to tag along with them, if its ur first visit
dont go there during the day though its pointless, doesn't have its atmosphere then
head up as its starting to get dark, keeep your tourches low till your in the building
See you there !
There are No mentally ill people on the site of hellingly just making that quite clear, there could be ghost 's or spirits if you beleive that type of stuff... and there probably is deffo in the rooms where the restraining beds are !
Great pictures & enjoyed reading everyones comments, for anyone that is interested I found a website that has video footage of inside Hellingly, posted a month ago.
elo people my name is andrew i have been in hellingly lods of time but the construction has started on the building and i will be gone in 3 weeks time so they are keeping there security up 2 ship shape if u do go up there do not go up at day time cause there is so many people up there night is the best but even then there is people there there are new cctv that goes straight to the police and they walk around with police dogs all they time i know this cause i went up there 2 days ago and got stopped the guy that stopped us was well all right but they are really on the look out cause of halloween they said they where going to have somthing like 50 units there on that night cause of what happened there last year if u would like to know any thing else add me on msn email@example.com and i will tell u more cause i know my way round that place in pitch black without a tourch cause we have run off to scare are mates lol
just add me if u wanna know more thanks for reading
Can i just clarify what is the best way to get in at the moment ?, If anybody knows it would help alot . Im hoping to get there around 5is sat afternoon. Ive only got one friend comming as the other chickend out ?..(Maybe because of the experience we had a few weeks ago else where)
Its going to be my first time going to this place as it is a little way for me to go, so would like to be able to get in ?
Help me please !
me and a few friends whent alomg to hellingly asylum on monday evening. we drove along the drive and instantly got spotted by security who followed us in their car. we were able to get into one building by treking through the park wood but this was a bit difficult due to the holly bushes. the building we found had a big skip outside and a load of broken tv's and fridges. not sure what this building was used for but found a common room and upstairs there seemed to be some bedrooms. as it was getting dark we didn't stay long but my friend took some photo's. would love to explore again before it gets knocked down and would really like to see some of the other buildings but not sure how to access these other than going along The Drive.
p.s the site is still used to house and treat forensic patients and so the are is busy during working hours.
Me and a couple of friends may be joining you as we are hoping to be there sometime this weekend. Not sure when as traveling from Hampshire. Cant wait.
May see you there !
Would love to do a paranormal investigation at Hellingly asylum but from what I have read here, it doesn't look like that will happen. Does anyone know who I might be able to contact, hopefully before the demolition begins, as to wether we can get permission do do a vigil? Please, please someone must know
Havn't got long left guys! Latest from "CAMHS" (Child and adultlesent mental health service of East Sussex) this is the company that use to run hellingly... the building is soon going to be knocked down, and either be sold on by CAMHS to housing development, or become the new headquaters for CAMHS....
Do not miss out on your last chance, we will be there friday, saturday and/maybe sunday night ( 11- 3am), feel free to join us explore the water tower, the basement tunnels, the great hall and much more...DONT forget a tourch though
those that plan on going then or before, the BACK route through the woods is the best way to get in...
Thanks Joe, Chris, Ell ...
a couple of days ago me and a couple of people trecked it all the way through the woods and across the field as when i first came to see the asylum me and a friend got follwed by the security guard and dog in our car and were told to get permission ,on second attempt(the back way) we managed to get in no problem !the fencing around it was open at the back and we just slipped in through a window, we came across some other people taking photos wich defently scared us until we realsied they wernt security!or anyone els what an amazing place for photograpghy! would have liekd to stay longer but was getting dark so left,but defently going to try and go back and search teh whole place as its too big for only a couple of hours exploring!
hellooo peeps i went to the hellingly aslym yesterday and there was one security bloke there with no dogs! he wudnt let us in the building because of our saftey. but he sed you can but as soon as u cross the fence he wud call the ol bill. he did say he wud go in and take pitures for us but tht aint the same. so we found a way in thu the wood but the bloke herd us and put the fence back up and he drove towards the hospital too look for us but we wasnt in there thn we ran out. he also sed its getting knocked down 2day shame realy.
took some gr8 pictures frm the out side tho but freaky loads of orbs and one on of the pictures had 666 across it strange it was all in lights. take a look urself link to the picture - www.facebook.com
would of liked to go inside.
Just thought i'd let you know - some comments from here have made front page of the Sussex Express on an article on people trespassing the place. Seems they picked the last comment left (as many lazy journalists do!)
I was in there for over 3 hours within the last week - the only other person I saw was another photographer.
No visible sign of any security guards. And I made 2 trips up the drive and back in a car + 1 on foot before going in (at around midday during the week.
If you are observant it is very easy to get in without disturbing any of the fences.
I sincerely hope the demolition doesn't go ahead in September as I would really like the opportunity to go back - so for me, fingers crossed they postpone it till October.
@thesoph - the derelict buildings obviously do not still house patients, but you do have Ashen hill secure unit (and maybe others) practically on the same site.
whats all this stuff about patients escaping and how it still houses patients? seriously please explain i dont understand.
i went twice last year and the place is completly deralict, was amazing though. i was so scared walking through, it was the middle of the night and we had one torch between 5 people, shining the torch down one corridor and then the others being pitch black, we all had a feeling we were being watched. we went into the childrens nursery and theres kids drawings all over the walls, we heard a massive rumble and we all ran out.
Sadly Hellingly is getting demolished in September, you will find it very hard to get in now. They DO have 24 hours gaurds (with dogs), the gaurds are freindly enough if you do decide to go and get cought. We got cought at 2am in the morning in the pissing rain.
I have been there 6 or 7 times, only up until the beggining of August it was easy to get in.
FYI the gaurd office is the area with the big blue fence, if you do go DON'T explore the smaller hospital as it is on lock down, you may get away with getting into the bigger hospital if you don't mind a trek through some woods (and a marsh) to get there.
i am planning to go there this week. does anybody know how to get there? i am from london. i have got a train ticket to polegate, but where to go from polegate?
Hellingly Hospital is being knocked down and replaced by 400 homes in the very near future so I thought I would let you know incase any of you wanted to go and visit it before this happens!
i camped in the grounds the past two nights, it easier to get in the back way through a gap in the metal fence and following the path through a forest till you reach a burnt out car then cross a field until you reach another fence. There was some security and they do patrol all around the site as a few time i had to hide when they drove past the windows. Me and a few mates were in there for hours and its massive, also we saw a security man in the building and just ran off. If you have a walkie talkie you can listen in to the security, also its sooo much easier getting in the back.
Been followed by a plain black van wiith a vent on the roof. probably an attempt at a subtle security dog unit? Also found these minutes from the local council, clicky dated march 09. of interest is paragraph 26.09 :
The Council noted the draft Minutes of the Planning Committee Meeting of 23rd
February. including the dangerous situation of the former Golden Martlett pub and that
Cllr Hughes had drawn attention, at the previous Council meeting, to the danger of the
Hellingly hospital site since the security guards had been withdrawn. The Council also
noted that these matters were being dealt with by the Planning and Environment Committee.
Does anyone have extra info on the state of the security contract?
Oop, just checked out google maps.... we were in the little building to the left of the main one XD That was big enough to get lost in, but deffo going back to explore the main area. Need up to date info about security tho, post if ya been there recently guys!
I was there last night... didnt see anyone else or any security.... was about 9.30-11.00pm
Also, is it split up into lots of buildings, we explored the one right by the road, on the other side of the fence, and didnt see/hear anyone, or security. Also, we couldnt find half the stuff in the pictures, including the huge main hall lol... I have no idea how we missed it unless its in another seperate building.
Also, that place is insane! got lost so easily, and when we were heading for the window we came in through, i thought it was not only on the left side of the corridor (it was on the right) but also that we were heading for it in the opposite direction we were actually going.. that place spins you out, its all those diagonal corridors.
Also, be on the lookout for a hole in the wall that leads you out of a wardrobe... or into narnia!
has anyone got a floor plan for it?
I went there last night! was amazing atmoshere heard a few spooky unexplainable noises but nothing major!..was such a beautiful place, but be warned the security were watching us in there and as soon as we came out we got caught and a few of us did get arrested as they called the police. So be warned the place is beautiful and very amazing but wasnt nice when we got caught we were in there a good few hours!
Police even told us that it will guarded 24hours a day now and they are getting a unit there to hold dogs. But if they do that thats another matter. But a marvellous site!
i have also seen the bowl with the bone, think it was definately put there by some pranksters...but sadly the room where that was has been badly damaged now by a recent fire,
The graffiti is just superb up there really amazing artwork.
I first went here with my mum, brother and my step dad and i was about 13, so it was about 5 years ago possibly longer. i was naive? when i first went as i believed that it was in still working order. It was not difficult to get in the first time which is good because i am small. i just rember walking around in such oar of the place it was amazing, i have been there a couple of times since, but refused to go in one day as had a bad feeling about the place and since then never been back. i think it is because i had a recurring dream of old floor boards falling away. When we went we took things we found like a souviners, we had a jug which is in my mums bedroom. we also found loads of docuemnts that we looked at, so interesting. my brother has recently been in there and found a bone in a bowl which was full of red liquid, which he said was blood, they have a photo to prove it. im guessing pranksters? also he was sick all of that night when he got home not sure why. just thought that i would share my experinece with you all Wish i could go back but my feet wont go there
next week were of well excited been there once before been there 1 before but got a bit freaked by a painting on the wall of a mentall patient scary stuff!!