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Hellingly Hospital
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Hellingly Hospital was designed by architect G.T. Hine, modelled with a late Victorian image. It began admitting patients in 1903, and the majority of buildings eventually closed in 1993. The total site is close to 25 hectares in size.

Hellingly is in a very isolated area, in the middle of East Sussex country side, with only one road leading to it, and its own private train line. The buildings were designed to be as self-sufficient as possible, with most of the staff living on site. This was in line with the belief at the time that isolation was necessary for the care and treatment of mentally ill people.

The hospital boasted many facilities, such as a ball room, sewing rooms, hair salon, laundry room, patients’’ shop, extensive outside grounds, excellent utilities, a boiler house, and a water tower. As well as the main facility, there were also several other villas that surrounded it. Hellingly also had its own small morgue.

Since closing in 1994, the site has been subject to repeated vandalism and multiple arson attacks. As such, the building is very unsafe, with many ceilings destroyed and floors caved in. Most of the hospital has been vandalised by graffiti artists, and most windows and remaining furniture have been smashed and broken. However, despite this, there are still many good views to be found here, and the place is well known to Urban Explorers in the UK.
Background information regarding Hellingly Asylum
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isabellequinn Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks so much for the info. Urbex is Way more interesting with some background info. :)
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Emosnoflakegrl99 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
That's soo cool and kinda creepy but mostly cool *passes out from coolness*
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Headphonomatic Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Did you experience any paranormal stuff?
Just curious. [:
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BabyRodent Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2010  Student General Artist
The same year I was born.
Small world.Big step.
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Bloody-Emo-Ichigo Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
that is pretty cool.
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Kitty-Mayhem Featured By Owner May 26, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Whoa, that really rad!!
Thanks for uploading this!!
<3
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i-is-Roxas Featured By Owner May 25, 2009
I really like learning about stuff like this, so your post here intrigued me.

Its really cool to think about how long ago it was built and its purposes, and then to look at it now. I wonder how many souls still wonder the building that just never left..its a bit creepy and sad to think about how these mentally ill people were treated, especially since they didnt have the mentality to grasp what was going on or to understand that they were being abused.(in a lot of cases, anyway)
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FreyaAnimeArtist Featured By Owner May 24, 2009
That's pretty amazing.
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MystressCyanide Featured By Owner May 23, 2009  Student General Artist
Sounds like fun...and kinda creepy too with that whole 'mentally ill needing to be isolated' idea...I can just picture the horror movies now.

I liked the pics though, and this well it was like my own personal history lesson!
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True-Ninja-1-1 Featured By Owner May 22, 2009  Student Digital Artist
I love asylums, I really wanna go there!
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