Afflicted: 11 Abandoned UK Asylums “Open” for Exploration

Featured — By Rachel Greenberg on February 18, 2011 at 6:00 am

7. St Mary’s Asylum – Northumberland

Image: bugsuperstar/Flickr

Built in 1910 and given the name “Gateshead Borough Lunatic Asylum”, this hospital wasn’t open for its intended use for long. Although it was also constructed by the architect George Thomas Hine, St Mary’s was taken over by the state and became a World War I military hospital. Once the war ended the building was given back, and served as a peaceful and secure location for mentally ill patients until 1995.

Image: scrappy nw/Flickr

Image: scrappy nw/Flickr

Today the buildings of St Mary’s are in some of the best condition of any on this list, but there are a few reasons why. First, this hospital is in such a remote location, it gets very little foot traffic: you have to know where you’re going if you want to get here. Second, the old warden and nurse’s cottages are currently rented out, and security is incredibly tight.

The one feature that didn’t survive the past 100 years is the boiler house chimney which collapsed due to structural damages.

Image: scrappy nw/Flickr

Tags: abandoned, asylums, hospital, London, UK, urban exploration, urban explorers, Wales


  • C says:

    Definitely captured a time in history.

    A bit eerie. I often wonder how another feels capturing the energy from such photos.

  • Chris says:

    Spooky photo’s in beautiful buildings.
    Such a shame that the buildings are left to rot.
    The Deva (chester) building i have first hand knowledge of, The brickwork /masonary is beautiful.
    But it was a damn cold building

  • Static says:

    I was committed once. But they couldn’t contain me because I am a Vatican assassin…a rock star from Mars. I’m shootin’ poetry from my fingertips over here, and I’m not bothering to ask questions later. That’s what happens when you have tiger’s blood and you snort a big ol’ pile of Charlie Sheen.

    btw, thanks for the honorable mention in your Pirates vs. Ninjas article! 8D


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