Tag: Medical

By Joe Mander

Runwell Hospital

Today, the site of Runwell Hospital is nothing more than rubble, with over 500 homes on the way, although turn back the clock a few years and it was a fully fledged hospital. Tucked away in the Essex countryside, not far from Chelmsford, Runwell opened in July 1937 as an asylum. For almost 80 years…

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By Joe Mander

WW2 Stretcher Fences

In the years leading up to the Second World War the Government ordered the production of hundreds of thousands stretchers. They were built using two metal poles and wire mesh as metal would be easier to clean and disinfect and would be sturdier than wooden or fabric stretchers. Some 600,000 were estimated to have been…

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By Joe Mander

Severalls Hospital

Beyond the Point was given exclusive access to film inside the derelict Severalls Hospital site with filming requests from the likes of the Discovery Channel declined. With fantastic support from former staff and patients at the hospital, we’ve set up our own dedicated Severalls Hospital Memories group on Facebook. In 1851 the first lunatic asylum,…

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By Joe Mander

A History of Mental Asylums

Please note: Some of the terms used in this report are used in a historical context and reflect people’s attitudes and language at the time and may now be considered derogatory or offensive. As part of our coverage of Severalls Hospital, a former asylum in Colchester, we’re taking a look back at the history of…

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By Joe Mander

Warley Asylum

Warley Hospital was the first County Asylum to be built in Essex, following the passing of the County Asylums Act. The first patients were first admitted in 1853; 130 out of a capacity of 300 although by the turn of the century the site had expanded and accommodated just short of 2,000 patients. Psyciatric Hospitals…

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