Friday, 9 March 2012

Last Days of Hellingly

These photos were shot with my LX3 in February 2011, on what was to be my last visit to Hellingly Asylum, as it was being rapidly demolished and Mark and I could both see that there would soon be nothing left at all. It was a muted and sad day for us both, for strange as it may seem we had become attached to the place which was for both of us our first explore.

The first group of shots are from one of the admin buildings on the other side of the road from the main asylum complex, and contained a few more pieces of furniture and items of clothing than remained elsewhere at the time.

Looking towards what was the main asylum complex, now mostly rendered to piles of brick and rubble.  There were workmen on site while we were there, although a fair distance from where we were, but we still moved swiftly from one building to the next in order not to be spotted.

The main admin building, standing forlorn and alone, surrounded
by empty space where once the other red brick buildings stood.

Saddest of all, the remains of the great hall, which had just the week before 
still been standing.  Will let the photos speak for me here......

The beautiful leaded glass windows that once graced the arches surrounding the hall.