TQ1861 : Demolition at West Park Hospital

taken 7 years ago, 3 km from Epsom, Surrey, Great Britain

Demolition at West Park Hospital
Demolition at West Park Hospital
The old mental hospital occupied a substantial acreage, but the majority of the buildings had been demolished by the time this shot was taken. Most were two-storey red-brick structures dating from the 1920's or '30's. entirely institutional in style. The structure seen here is marked on the map as a chimney. To me it looks like the sort of tower which was once characteristic of old-fashioned laundries.

The bench in the foreground stands outside the Meadows Day Clinic, which offers monitoring and support for patients with dementia. I remember sitting here one summer's day a few years ago with my late step-father, then in his nineties.

The hospital site is currently being redeveloped for housing. Some of the old red-brick ward buildings will be retained and converted, but much of the area will be covered by 'new-build'.
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Date Taken
Thursday, 19 January, 2012   (more nearby)
Friday, 20 January, 2012
Geographical Context
Lowlands  Housing, Dwellings  Public buildings and spaces  Derelict, Disused  Construction, Development 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 1848 6136 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:20.3395N 0:18.0286W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 1851 6141
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South-southwest (about 202 degrees)
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