Severalls Hospital

Severalls Hospital was a psychiatric hospital built in 1910, the 300-acre site housed some
2000 patients and was based on the “Echelon plan” – a specific arrangement of wards, offices and services within easy reach of each other by a network of interconnecting corridors.Corridor 1Corridor 2


Psychiatrists were free to experiment with new treatments on patients seemingly at will, using practices now considered unsuitable such as electro-convulsive therapy (ECT) and the use of frontal lobotomy. The use of these treatments peaked in the 1950s.IMG_3453

Ward 1

The hospital closed as a psychiatric hospital in the early 1990s following the closure of other psychiatric institutions. Since 1997 the remaining structures have changed little. Architecturally, the site remains an excellent example of a specific asylum plan despite nature slowly taking over the remains



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