The Asylum


Hiding deep within the English countryside lies this spooky derelict asylum…

This asylum, along with several others, was built in the early 1900s on the outskirts of London. The asylum could hold about 2000 patients with a wide range of mental-health issues. The main part of the asylum closed in the 1990s and has slowly deteriorated over the last few years. Mother nature has reclaimed some parts, while vandals and arsonists have destroyed other parts.

One day myself and a friend decided to have a look round. As incredible as it seems, we just walked in through an open door!

Walking around the asylum was slightly nerving. The slightest unfamiliar noise makes you stop with fear. Is it security guards finding us? A fox running around? Ghosts? Or just a door slamming in the wind. Chances are that it’s the latter, but it’s always worth being alert.

Whilst scary, it is also awesome fun. Walking down huge endless corridors. Exploring old wards and cupboards. Finding suitcases & clothes from patients – you begin to wonder “who were they?” and “where are they now?”.

If you’re reading this and think you want to explore old derelict abandoned places, it’s worth bearing in mind that these places can be dangerous – wet wooden floors can give way and you could end up dead in a basement, or a roof could collapse on you, etc – be careful!

written by dazb on 2010-02-10 #places #hospital #derelict #spooky #location #asylum #urbex


  1. stouf
    stouf ·

    Incredible gallery ! Every single shot is stunning. Woo can you imagine to shoot a horror movie there ?

  2. mrs-paul
    mrs-paul ·

    Awesome article and gallery!... my friend lives right by here and has some incredible photos of this place too... he has promised to take me there one day... I'm a bit spooked by the thought of falling to my dead in a basement however... good advice though ta!

  3. plyshbel
    plyshbel ·

    Graet gallery and location!

  4. rater
    rater ·

    Spooky place!

  5. nural
    nural ·

    wow, made me curious! I always think that abandoned locations are great for photos!

  6. renaishashin
    renaishashin ·

    Nice gallery and review! I voted for #34 :DD

  7. dirklancer
    dirklancer ·

    Fantastic!! The location is bizarre and creepy, and your photos are wonderful. Thanks for sharing!

  8. vicuna
    vicuna ·

    amazing location and gallery! Sure, it's kind of frightening to be in such a place, but every lomographer likes such abandoned places! :) Congrats for the great job!

  9. paramir
    paramir ·

    beautiful shots... this is dreamland for lomography... well done!

  10. violet_rayy
    violet_rayy ·

    Wow! Amazing article and shots. Makes me want to write about the derelict bus depot I was shooting last year.

  11. dazb
    dazb ·

    Wow, thanks for the comments everyone! This place was fantastic, I wish I was nearer to go back!

    For those interested, most photos were LC-A & Kodak Ektar, a few are Olympus XA & Precisa; and a couple of Diana Fisheye with Velvia & Ektachrome E100VS :)

  12. -a-l-b-e-r-t-o-
    -a-l-b-e-r-t-o- ·

    what a fucking beautiful location...I would like to shoot one of this place one day...congrats

  13. vtayeh
    vtayeh ·

    What a spooky and great location!

  14. wuxiong
    wuxiong ·

    Wonderful gallery, congrats::))

  15. airin
    airin ·

    Fantastic gallery!

  16. kylewis
    kylewis ·

    Amazing gallery of creepy shots looks like they started to strip the walls with chems and then never came back! I want the chairs on shot no 18 though! nice.

  17. venusattack
    venusattack ·

    amazing shots u have! reminds me of the movie 'one flew over the cuckoo's nest' so much...the bathtub shot hits me real hard wondering what they do w that.

  18. crumpy
    crumpy ·

    You beat me to it! I'm going there next weekend. great pictures. such a spooky location

  19. lydiap
    lydiap ·

    Near why I live their is an old un-touched asylum that has been borded up for decades. Theres a lot of "legends" about it, I just really want to go into but it's all fenced off.

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