Hospitals & Asylums

Explore #17c (third revisit, by moon and morning light): Severalls Asylum, Colchester, Essex – May 2014

Sevs holds a special place in the hearts of many Urban Explorers, including my own. Famed for its beautiful decaying corridors, morgue, peeling paint and Michael the legendary security guard it deserves more than one visit. After my epic 8-hour explore in November 2013 (see that report for full history and many of Sevs’ highlights), and the fun and festivities of ‘Santa Sevs’ in December 2013, it was time to pay the old girl a revisit. The plan this time…

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Explore #41: St Peter’s Mortuary, Chertsey, Surrey – March 2014

After my climb of Kings Reach Tower, and my visit to CMH being cut short by the Ghurka security my energy was starting to wane. Nevertheless I was determined to give this location another go, having failed during a previous visit in August 2013, and was rewarded with gaining access this time! A very brief history St. Peter’s Hospital was initially built to house the casualties of the Second World War. The mortuary was built in the 1940s, but after…

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Explore #40: Cambridge Military Hospital (maternity ward), Aldershot, Hampshire – March 2014

After a night of breathtaking views in great company on the Kings Reach Tower climb it was time to make the middle-of-the-night drive solo down to Aldershot for my next target – Cambridge Military Hospital (or CMH to its friends). It was a surreal experience coming down from the adrenaline high of earlier in the night and driving around an almost deserted M25 at about 3.45am – at one point I must have driven for over a minute without seeing…

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