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.
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...
im doing research on asylms and such for my english oral presentation, and it seems there have been alot of asylms and such that have been abandoned due to riots with patients and evil practises but alot of this is hidden from public. does anyone know any of this places history? it would help significantly, plus it is interesting. have a good one
I went there today! i was with my friends and we soon got scared when we saw and heard things!
This isnt another scary lie this was true! We asked the security why they had been shut down and he said for several reason's we asked him what and he said im not pernitted to tell you :S then we saw a man walking lup and down the road looking and pionting at us!
We also saw the same van driving up and down!
If anyone know's why they have been abandoned please can you help me with my enquiries x
Went to visit the hosptial today 29th April was unable to find to gain acess due to fencing. Can any tell me how I can get inside the hosptial, need to take photos for my art exam. Thanks.
Hey there Elastic. I went in today (18/04/08). No guards and it was really peaceful. Got a bit freaked when I saw the cells and the viewing windows though.
hey. I am an art student from Brighton wanting to take photos for an art project of this place. I think it sounds very interesting and atmospheric and would love to take a trip there. dose anyone know if the security is to high to go there now. don’t really fancy running into any guard dogs!
Thanks, Debbie! Me and my wife are coming to Hellingly in April and as we love taking photos we're very much looking forward to visiting the place!
Hi, Ive been there 3 times in the evening, it was about 4 years ago when i went. Its an amazing place to go and see, and you can access it through the broken fencing and smashed windows (although your not meant too!!) Im realy interested in the history of this building and would love to find out more about it. Its such a shame tho that its being aloud to just waste away. I live nearby and love the fact that a building of this great structure and size with so much history is just down the road from me.
If anyone is thinking of going there then be careful as the floors are very weak!!!!
Hi..Great photos! I'am interested in visiting Hellingly myself, is it still accessible or has it been knocked down? Also how easy is the site to get to? Thanks
Can anyone tell me who is the owner at present time of the hospital.
Employed there from 1963 to1980.Met some great people staff and clients. Interesting situations both on and off duty and great respec t for the legendary few. C/Ns Murtagh,Filsell, Stevens ,Slater ,Garnett,Crouch ,Cassidy.S/Ns Caton,Mcmullen,Redfern and maybe a few more.May those no longer with us rest in peace. Very sad to see the hospital in such a derelict state.
yo t5hat is some freaky crap!!!!
I've been, at 11pm very eerie, want to go back in the day to actually see things rather than scare myself shitless
over the past 5 days i have visited hellingly twice, with me were 9 of my friends each time, the architecture is very much shot to peices with damp and rot. evidence of arson and mould on walls and ceilings. i dont know what kind of stuff went on at hellingly but i can be sure that alot of deaths are within the walls. smashing glass, temperature drops! go there!!!
I live in Kent so I'll go and have a look, it looks magnificent. But on Google Earth there are plenty of cars parked there, does anyone know if the place is still used for something? Thanks
I worked at Hellingly in the 80's, heartbreaking to see how the place looks now
nice site, ive had the pleasure of going to hellingly over the past 6 weeks training. The buildings we can see are truly amazing and the plans are extensive. Id love to have a tour round if anyone knows of any happening? The site is still used for Sussex health authriatry, for learning disabilities and training. There is a new section that has been built housing the psychiratic unit. Keep me posted . Thanks colin.
Me and some friends visited the other day at night and it's a weird place to be! I like the fact that it's now so derelict because it really suits the character of the building and it's an amazing looking place. The fact that it's now going to be developed is really sad though. I think if they knock it down we're losing some real local history and that would be sad. Does anyone know anything about the history of the place because from what i understand it was used to test alternative therapies which basically sound like torture and possibly even lead to deaths in the 40's and 50's. If anyone could shed some light on this I would be really interested.
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I really enjoyed your gallery of photos of Hellingly. In May/June 2006, I went to the old asylum(very difficult to find) and photographed the place for myself. I did not photograph the chapel or theatre. I broke into one of the large buildings, which I found a creepy experience. If you would like to see my photos, I will happily email them to you. Hereward
Man l just did this about 56 weeks ago. Don't tell me you were here and l didn't know about it!! Yes l am in london for a bit longer so drop me a line.
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