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Severalls Asylum

Severalls Asylum
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Severalls Hospital in Colchester, Essex, United Kingdom was a psychiatric hospital built in 1910 to the design of architect Frank Whitmore. It opened in May 1913. Unlike modern British hospitals, patients in Severalls were separated according to their gender. Villas were constructed around the main hospital building as accommodation blocks between 1910 and 1935. Most of the buildings are in the Queen Anne style, with few architectural embellishments, typical of the Edwardian period. Severalls was a strange trip for me personally. "We gained access at the Eastern end of the site after a long walk along the Northern path. We made our way into the first building which was once the main infirmary of the site. We also visited the isolation hospital, where patients were once treated with strange treatments, often proving fatal. The site itself is vast, and I spent nearly 3 hours exploring these buildings."
James Baxter , 18 yrs
Norwich School