Napsbury Asylum Remains - Herts - Jan 2013

Sadly the Asylum has long since been converted but the 1920's nurseís block for some reason just never got done. I remember seeing reports on this place way back in 2007 (back in the days when I was a youngster) and always meant to go as it was quite local but shortly after access was lost. Fast forward a few years and a few recent reports show itís again becomes do-able.

It's a bit of a wreck but does still retain a few nice features if you dig under the surface, in a sort of functional, institutional, 1920's architectual kind of way. It looks like a start at some form of conversion was attempted but then suddenly stopped, for no apparent reason. Sadly, the temporary roof put on some years back has long since worn out so most of the top floors are pretty much open to the elements meaning the remaining roof structure has gone, which wasn't so much fun as it was chucking it down when I went. As I pottered about, I couldn't help wondering that conversion to anything other than student accommodation might well be a bit of a problem as most of the rooms are small, single sized, with access off a single, long central corridor. So maybe one of the reasons it still lies derelict is that there aren't any university's near enough to take advantage.

Anyway, if youíre looking for a good site to cut your UE teeth on and youíre into peelly paint, light and shadows, Silent Hill kind of thing then I strongly recommended checking this place out, it's really quite photogenic with its muted pastel colours and is big enough to make a decent explore. Otherwise, worth dropping by if youíre passing.

So, welcome to Napsbury...

Step this way...

...into the ground floor corridor...

...where a wonder will lead you the stairs, through the remains a rather fine door frame...

...and up the stairs...doors banging in the wind...

...and at the top of the stairs...

...and the view down the corridor...

...more stairs...

...lead into the largest room in the block room, probably a lounge of some sort, with the remains of a decent bay window...

...sadly with roof missing much water damage is going on...these where some of the few remaining original doors...

...and the half-moon window in this room could not be photographed due to the huge amount of scaffold that pointlessly holds up the non-existent roof...

...down more corridors...

...and more stairs beckon you on...

...stick your head into one of the endless rooms to snap a detail of the countless broken light switches.

Then back down stairs to check out an annex, which contained the laundry, with one of the most curious cloths dryers I've ever seen...

...and a quick look into the dining hall. This must have once been a really nice place to eat with its faux hammer beam roof and dormer windows, now totally gone.

A quick poke in the kitchen and some ancillary rooms but sadly everything is just too ruined to be worth taking pictures of. Or are they? Best go there and see for yourself...

 

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