Hellingley mental asylum

15 May

I can’t explain actually what I do for a living as it’s fluid and constantly changing depending on what projects I am working on – a classic example is I need to start exploring derelict mental asylums. From the remains of padded cells, to paintings left behind and peeling furniture these places both excite and terrify me. Here are some images from Hellingley from the great Abandoned Britain website.

Sitting on top of a hill overlooking the East Sussex Countryside sits the battered remains of Hellingly hospital, Formerly Hellingly Asylum. Hellingly is a prime example of the “splendid isolation” design philosophy that is present in the design of many institutional buildings of this era. Hellingly was designed by architect GT Hine and built to a late Victorian design during a period of massive expansion for mental health facilities in Britain. Hellingly First opened its doors to patients in 1903 and continued to serve the local community for almost the next 90 years.

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