Located in Colchester, England, it was a psychiatric hospital that opened May 1913. The 300 acre site house 2000 patients, the ‘Echelon’ plan meant staff could go through the complex without needing to step outside in bad weather.

Patients were separated by gender, and patients were seemingly at the whim of the psychiatrists. Frontal Lobotomy and Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) were used, and it was stated that women were put in there by family members if they had illegitimate children or were the victims of rape.

1960’s saw a change in management, the use of drugs and changes in practices meant the old days of terror were disappearing. The hospital closed in the 1990’s and some buildings have suffered from arson attacks. Redevelopment appears to be the biggest contender to any loss of the existing buildings.

It has an interest for the urban explorers because there are remnants of equipment and a mortuary with the body refrigerator units still inside.

 

In the 1960’s two gardener’s reported seeing a couple of featureless characters working in the gardens. As they approached to find out more about them they dissipated.

 

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