Asylum Whistles, Lunatic Asylum, Mental Hospital whistles A.Strauss (26 Photos)

By A. Strauss 

Asylum whistles are all very rare since they were made by special order in small numbers
all the ones I had seen so far are from hospitals in England, or Ireland.

In 1914 there were over one hundred thousand patients within over one hundred mental institutions around the United Kingdom, the majority of these institutions were built since the passing of the 1845 Act.  With the passing of the care in the community act in the 1980's, many of these institutions have since closed;
Warders at Asylums and Mental Hospitals used these alarm whistles. It is representative of the level of institutional security within psychiatric hospitals around the late 19th century and early 20th century. Whistles such as this were part of control measures to curb patients’ disruptive or aggressive behaviour. They were also for the warder nurses and stuff to call assistance.
These whistles date from late 1880s to 1950s.

In the early 1900 there were about 120 asylums in England, propably all had used whistles,
I have made a list of those stamped whistles I had seen so far, new ones keep appearing.
Scroll down for a list of Asylums in Alphabetical order , borrowed from another website . see link .

All whistles are of the tubular two notes type, general service whistles, seldom other types were used.
Deaf and dumb people were istitutionalized in Lunatic asylums that later were called
Hospitals, Mental Hospitals Pschiatric hospitals and later with other more politically correct names such as hospitals for feeble minded Mental healt Clinic and other variations.

The book 'Collecting Police Whistles and Similar Types'
shows 6 of the standard aslum whistles at page 38,

Some Asylums as Berkshire Asylum and Cane Hill Asylum had the whistles stamped and numbered but most had just a stamp with the name, while others used regular police whistles.  
Most Asylum whistles found are of the Metropolitan kind made by J. Hudson and Co,

When the final letter in a set of intials is A it usually stands for Asylum and when H for Hospital

Asylum whistles became most sought after by collectors and their prices are accordingly,
while in the early Ebay days they could be purchased for 70 to 150 GBP it has been few years now that the prices realized for asylum whistles are usually over 300 and 400 GBP,
more than rare police whistles.


A very rare porteous top whistle 'Bucks County Asylum'

kent asylum, Located St. Andrew's Road, Barming Heath, nr. Maidstone, Kent, Kent Asylum whistle .and Hospital View , Early 20 Century , The asylum was later called Oakwood Hospital, Maidstone ( & formerly Kent County Lunatic Asylum, Barming Heath)

View of the Kent Deaf Dumb Asylum London C. 1817

K.C.M.H.  B.H stands for Kent County Mental Hospital Barming Heath. The whistle was made from german silver by J. Hudson & Co.  and belonged to nurse Goefrey King who worked there many years
see photo below

General view of Barming Asylum, Maidstone, c, the end of WW1 .
The British slang "Barmy " was coined after Barming heath Asylum.
Kent Asylum, Kent Mental Hospital was Converted into luxury Apartments c. 1996.

Staff nurse G.King (2nd right) Presented to Princess Alexandra ,
 1964 Kent County Show.
The Metropolitan Peckham House Lunatic Asylum Camberwell, Surrey
early Porteous top whistle marked below the window Hudson's Patent.


Westriding Asylum, Wakefield, with Refurbished mouthpiece.

Balinsole Asylum Galway Ireland  whistle # 215


Gates head Mental hospital whistle

Royal India Asylum  131 Barr St, Refurbished.

  Metropolitan City 'Mental Hospital Winson Green' whistle by J, Hudson & Co. Barr St, Hockley, see All saints Asylum in Birmingham.

Pair stamped
W.P.H.  Warminster Psichiatric Hospital whistles ( ( J.Hudson 1950s)


Left: Metropolitan Three counties Asylum
Right: Middlesex County Asylum J. Hudson & Co. 131 Barr St. Refurbished

Rubbery Hill Mental Hospital by Alfred DeCourcy 
This is the only Aylum whistle I had seen made by DeCourcy 
Another was made by Dowler al the rest I noticed were made y J. Hudson & Co. 
This one is made to patent 17165 of 1913 Folded diaphragm. 

Lot of 3 
Carmrthern Asylum whistles.

The Metropolitan Abington Abbey Asylum Numbered, # 12 131 Barr St.
Brookwood Asylum Buttons on a Hiat Registered Design whistle 
 " HIATTS CONSTABULARY WHISTLE "  Rd 225730 Registered design 

From the L. Bailey Collection with thanks !
Few more whistle from the Three counties Asylum were recieved by email from Rich in England with this information. Thank you Rich . 
84 Buck St. The Metropolitan Registered . ( the only one I had seen ) see notes .

"Please find attached some photos of my asylum whistles and a little info on each one of them,
You may use them if you wish. The first whistle is the pride and joy of my collection, it is of The Metropolitan type and was manufactured by J.Hudson & Co in march/April 1884, we know this date for sure because J.Hudson only used the Registered stamp for one month. it is stamped with the old factory address of   84, Buckingham Street, Birmingham , J.Hudson only worked from this address for one year, 1884, then moved to their present address.We know from looking through the old asylum records that J.Hudson received a payment of £5.8 shillings from the Three Counties Asylum on the 25th August 1884, this is around £300.00 in todays money which was a lot of money way back in 1884  This whistle is completely original, still works well and is very rare. 

The second whistle is from the same asylum, made by J.hudson & Co and has the Barr Street Hockley Birmingham stamp

You will notice this whistle is stamped Hospital rather than Asylum, this is because in the 1920s the word asylum was thought to conjure up an old Victorian image of madness and lunacy so asylums were allowed to change their names to Hospital to give a more modern and friendly image.

This whistle was carried by asylum attendant Mr frank Mays, He was issued with it on his first day of service in 1938, Frank worked at the asylum all his working life from 1938 until 1972 and is still with us today! The third whistle is again from Three Counties asylum and was manufactured in 1887, While looking through the old asylum records we found that three counties paid J.Hudson £2.14 shillings on Monday 28th Feb 1887 for attendants whistles,These whistles cost three and a half old pennies each. J.Hudson had a minimum order of 144 calls, 144 whistles at three and a half old pennies each amounts to £2.14 shillings, this cost information was supplied to me directly from Charlotte Topman at Acme Whistles . Keep up the fantastic work you are doing with the museum, its brilliant! Kind regards Rich


J. Hudsdon & Co.

Alfred De Courcy & Co.

== Stamps==              ( Partial 23 )

Abington Abbey Asylum (Numbered)

Barming Heath Asylum Maidstone

Berkshire Mental Hospital 

Ballinasole Asylum (Ireland) ( Also numbered)

Brookwood Asylum

Bucks County Asylum

Birmingham City Asylum 

Carmrthern Asylum

Cane Hill Asylum
 Cane Hill Asylum (Numbered )

East Riding Asylum Beverly

Gateshead Mental Hospital

Gloucester Mental Hospital 

Three Counties Asylum

Hollymoor Mental Hospital

Kent Asylum
 /  K.C.M.H. B.H Kent County Mental Hospital Barming Heath

Royal India Asdylum

Middlesex County Asylum 

K.C.M.H. Kent Asylum Barming Heath

Rubery Hill Asylum / Rubery Hill Mental Hospital ( DeCourcy )

Peckham House

West Riding Asylum West Riding Asylum Wakefield

Winson Green Mental Hospital

W.P.H.  Warminster Psichiatric Hospital  ( Hudson 1950s)

Alphabetical Asylum List and some History

In 1914 there were over one hundred thousand patients within over one hundred mental institutions around the United Kingdom, the majority of these institutions were built since the passing of the 1845 Act.  With the passing of the care in the community act in the 1980's, many of these institutions have since closed;
only a few of them remain open and in the use for Mental Health services.
This list was first compiled by Dr. Jeremy Taylor for his definitive publication Hospital And Asylum Architecture. 


Hospital Name County Original Name Date opened Date Closed Layout Type Status
All Saints, Winson Green, Birmingham Warwickshire Birmingham Borough Asylum 1850 2000 Corridor Converted. Only admin stands with a prison occupying the site.
Banstead, Banstead Middlesex Third Middlesex County Asylum 1877 1986 Dual Pavilion Demolished.  Two prisons now occupy the site.
Barnsley Hall,  Birmingham Worcestershire Worcester County Asylum 1907 1996 Compact Arrow Demolished.  Admin & Chapel converted with housing built on the rest of the site
Barrow Hospital, Barrow Gurney Somerset Bristol City Mental Hospital 1939 2008 Colony Derelict.  Closed with a few buildings demolished, with the rest empty
Bedford Asylum, Bedford Bedfordshire Bedford Asylum 1812 1860 Corridor Demolished.  Closed in 1860 due to inefficiencies of the treatment, now demolished with zero trace of the building
Bethlem Royal Hospital London The Priory of St Mary of Bethlehem; Our Lady of Bethlehem 1247 Still Open Colony Plan Open.  The countries Oldest Asylum, currently open as a leading psychiatric hospital.
Bexley, Dartford London The Heath Asylum 1898 1998 Compact Arrow Demolished. Only a few buildings remaining, such as the chapel
Broadmoor Hospital, Crowthorne Surrey Broadmoor Criminal Lunatic Asylum 1863 Still Open Corridor Open. Operating as a secure Mental Health Hospital.
Broadgate, Beverly Yorkshire East Riding Lunatic Asylum 1871 1989 Corridor Demolished.  Now a housing estate
Brookwood, Woking Surrey Second Surrey County Asylum 1867 1994 Corridor Converted.  Main building demolished, Annexe, Chapel, Main Hall and Mortuary converted
Calderstones, Clitheroe Lancashire Whalley Asylum (Mental Defectives) 1915 1995 Dual Pavilion Demolished.  Mostly demolished with one block being used for mental health services
Cane Hill, Coulsdon Surrey Third Surrey County Pauper Lunatic Asylum 1882 1991 Radial Pavilions Demolished. Admin, Water Tower & Chapel to be converted in the future
Carlton Hayes, Narborough Leicestershire Leicestershire and Rutland Asylum 1904 1994 Compact Arrow Demolished. Chapel and residences still standing
Caterham Mental Hospital London Metropolitan Imbecile Asylum 1870 1995 Dual Pavilion Demolished.  One bock surviving and converted to housing
Cefn Coed Hospital Glamorgan Cefn Coed 1932 Still open Compact Arrow Open.
Central Hospital, Hatton Warwickshire Warwick County Lunatic Asylum 1852 1996 Corridor Converted.  Main building currently stand as flats
Cheadle Royal, Cheadle Cheshire Manchester's Royal Lunatic Asylum 1763 Still open Corridor Open.  Still operates as Mental Health Trust.  Current building built C1850 and use unknown.
Cherry Knowle, Ryhope, Sunderland County Durham Sunderland Borough Asylum 1895 1998 Compact Arrow Demolished.  Main buildings currently undergoing demolition as of 2011.
Claybury, Redbridge London Fifth LCC Pauper Lunatic Asylum 1893 1995 Compact Arrow Converted.  Majority of buildings converted to luxury housing with main hall and chapel being used as a gym
Clifton, York Yorkshire York And East Ridings Asylum 1849 1994 Corridor Demolished. Main buildings demolished, with annexes and laundry block surving.
Coney Hill,Gloucester Gloucestershire Gloucestershire County Asylum 1883 1994 Broad Arrow (incomplete) Demolished. Admin restored after arson attack.
Countess Of Chester, Chester Chesire Cheshire County Lunatic Asylum 1829 2005 Corridor & Compact Arrow (Extension) Demolished.  Only small parts of the site are standing.
Darenth Park Hospital Kent Darenth Asylum and Schools 1878 1988 Corridor-Pavilion Demolished.  Totally demolished with housing and industrial units built.
De La Pole,Willerby, Hull, Humberside Yorkshire Hull Borough Asylum 1883 1997 Corridor Demolished. chapel and side buildings surving with light industry built on site.
Digby, Exeter Devon Exeter City Lunatic Asylum 1886 1987 Corridor Converted.  Currently stands as housing
Exminster, Exeter Devon Devon County Pauper Lunatic Asylum 1845 1985-94 Radial Corridor & Corridor (Extension) Converted.  Main building Converted, extension demolished
Fairfield, Stotfold Bedfordshire Bedford Lunatic Asylum 1859 1997 Corridor Converted.  Full site listed as conservation area and restored. 
Fairmile, Cholsey Oxfordshire Moulsford Asylum 1870 2003 Corridor Derelict.  Buildings are currently awaiting redevelopment - hospital within conservation area.
Fountain Mental Hospital, Tooting London Fountain Fever Hospital 1892 1963 Dual Pavilion Demolished.  Total site redevelopment
Friern, Barnet Middlesex Middlesex County Pauper Asylum 1851 1993 Corridor Converted.  Now Princess Park with frontage to original building restored
Fulbourn, Cambridge Cambridgeshire Cambridge District Asylum 1858 1992 Corridor Converted.  Currently used as flats with services moving to adjacent site
Garlands, Carleton, Carlisle Cumbria Cumberland And Westmorland Lunatic Asylum 1862 1999 Corridor Converted.  Main building demolished, with annex and chapel being converted
Glanrhyd Hospital, Bridgend Glamorgan Glamorgan County Lunatic Asylum 1864 1996 Corridor Status unknown.  New secure unit built to the north
Glenside, Bristol Gloucestershire Bristol City Asylum 1861 1993 Corridor Converted. Halls of Residence and Campus for Bristol University
Goodmayes, Chadwell Essex West Ham Borough Lunatic Asylum 1901 Still open Compact Arrow Open.  Still in use with plans to close in the near future
Graylingwell, Chichester Sussex West Sussex County Asylum 1897 2002 Compact Arrow Derelict.  Currently undergoing conversion to houses.
Hellingly, Hellingly Sussex East Sussex Asylum 1903 1994 Compact Arrow Demolished.  entire site demolished for housing, with chapel, admin and villas still standing.
Hellsdeon Hospital, Norfolk Norfolk Norwich Pauper Asylum 1828 Still Open Corridor-Pavillion Open.  Still open as a Hospital.  Current building built 1870
Herrison, Dorchester Dorset Second Dorset County Lunatic Asylum 1863 1992 Corridor Converted.  Converted to housing with majority of buildings kept
High Royds, Menston Yorkshire West Riding Asylum 1888 2003 Broad Arrow Derelict.  Partly converted with part of the site sitting derelict.
Hill End, St Alban's Hertfordshire Hertfordshire County Asylum 1899 1995 Compact Arrow Demolished. Two wards being converted to residential use
Hollymoor, Birmingham Warwickshire City Lunatic Asylum 1905 1996 Compact Arrow Converted. Admin, Services and water Tower being restored
Horton Asylum, Epsom London Seventh London County Council Asylum 1902 1997 Compact Arrow Converted.  Admin and some wards converted to housing, Water Tower undergoing demolition
Horton Road, Gloucester Gloucestershire Gloucestershire First County Asylum 1823 1988 Early Corridor Converted.  Closed with the main building converted after years of laying derelict
Kingsway, Derby Derbyshire Derby Borough Lunatic Asylum 1888 2010 Corridor Derelict.  Currently undergoing demolition, as of spring 2011.
Knowle, Fareham Hampshire Hampshire County Lunatic Asylum 1852 1996 Corridor Converted.  Closed and converted to housing
Lancaster Moor, Lancaster Lancashire Lancashire County Pauper Lunatic Asylum 1816 1999 Corridor Converted/Derelict.  North Building converted, annexe to the south empty and awaiting conversion
Leavesden, Abbots Langley Hertfordshire Imbeciles Asylum, Leavesden 1870 1995 Dual Pavilion Converted.  Closed with a the admin, chapel and main hall converted
Littlemore, Oxford Oxfordshire Oxford County Pauper Lunatic Asylum 1846 1996 Corridor Converted.  Converted to flats, with new buildings built next to the site.
Long Grove Hospital, Epsom London Long Grove Asylum 1907 1992 Compact Arrow Converted.  Converted to housing with some wards and admin retained
Manor Hospital, Epsom London Sixth London County Asylum 1899 1996 Irregular Corridor Pavilion Converted.  Manor House, Super Intendents House and two ward blocks converted to housing
Mapperley, Nottingham Nottinghamshire Nottingham Borough Asylum 1880 1994 Corridor Converted.  Main buildings converted to housing
Maudsley, Southwark London The Maudsley Neurological Clearing Hospital 1923 Still open Corridor Open.  Still in use for Mental Health Services
Mendip, Wells Somerset Somerset And Bath County Asylum 1848 1991 Corridor Converted.  Closed and converted to housing with main buildings being retained
Mid Wales Hospital, Talgarth Breconshire Mid Wales Counties Mental Hospital 1903 2000 Compact Arrow Derelict.  Currently empty with parts under going demolition
Middlewood, Wadsley Park, Sheffield Yorkshire West Riding of Yorkshire County Asylum 1872 1999 Corridor Converted.  With Admin block, male annexe and chapel being converted.
Moorhaven, Plymouth Devon Plymouth Borough Asylum 1891 1993 Compact Arrow Converted.  Closed and converted to housing
Naburn, Fulford, York Yorkshire York Borough Asylum 1903 1988 Compact Arrow Demolished.  Totally demolished
Napsbury, St Alban's Middlesex Middlesex County Asylum 1905 1998 Compact Arrow & Villas Converted.  Many wards, admin and water tower converted to housing
Netherne, Hooley Surrey Surrey County Asylum 1909 1994 Compact Arrow Converted.  Extensive conversion with wards, admin, villas, chapel and water tower converted.  Isolation hospital remains derelict.
Normansfield, Kingston London Normansfield 1868 1997 Corridor Derelict.  Grade II listed and awaiting conversion - architect unsure, but Langdon-Down did acquire the house for his use
North Wales Hospital, Denbigh Denbighshire North Wales Counties Lunatic Asylum 1848 1995 Corridor Derelict.  Currently stands in a state of severe dereliction with demolition starting on a number of buildings in 2009
Oakwood, Maidstone Kent Kent County Asylum 1833 1994 Corridor Converted.  Converted to housing with Admin, main wings and annexe retained
Parc Hospital, Bridgend Glamorgan Parc Gwyllt Asylum 1887 1996 Compact Arrow Demolished. A prison now occupying the site, water tower remains
Park Prewett, Sherbourne St John Hampshire Second Hampshire County Lunatic Asylum 1921 1996 Compact Arrow Converted.  Hall, Wards, Tower and Admin block converted to flats.  .
Parkside, Macclesfield Cheshire Cheshire County Asylum 1871 1997 Pavilion Plan & Colony, Compact Arrow (Extension) Converted.  Many buildings retained
Pastures, Derby Derbyshire Derbyshire County Asylum 1851 1994 Corridor Converted.  New use as houses with selected areas being demolished
Pen-Y-Fal  Hospital Abergavenny Monmouthshire Joint Counties Lunatic Asylum 1851 1996 Corridor Converted.  Main building converted to housing
Powick, Powick, Hereford & Worcester Worcestershire Powick Lunatic Asylum 1852 1989 Corridor Converted.  Main buildings converted, with housing built on the rest of thr site.
Prestwich, Manchester Lancashire Lancashire County Asylum 1862 1997 Corridor (Main Building) Radial Corridor (annexe) Converted.  The Laundry block & accommodation still exists, a quarter of the annexe still in use for mental health services
Rainhill, Prescot Lancashire Third Lancaster County Asylum 1851 1992 Corridor Demolished.  After many planning delays the entire site was demolished
Rauceby, Sleaford Lincolnshire Kesteven County Asylum 1902 1997 Compact Arrow Derelict.  Currently undergoing conversion to housing with wards, admin and chapel being kept
Roundway, Devizes Wiltshire Wiltshire County Asylum 1849 1995 Corridor Converted.  Converted to housing
Royal Albert, Lancaster Lancashire Royal Albert Asylum 1873 Still open Corridor Converted.  Closed and now used as a school
Royal Earlswood, Redhill Surrey Earlswood Asylum For Idiots 1855 1997 Corridor Converted.  Closed with main building having been converted to housing
Royal Holloway, Virginia Water Surrey Royal Holloway Sanatorium 1885 1982 Corridor Converted.  Closed and stood derelict for 12 years and suffered severely vandalised, extensively restored and converted
Royal Shrewsbury Hospital, Shrewsbury Shropshire Shropshire and Wenlock Borough Lunatic Asylum 1845 Still open Corridor Open.  Currently part of the Shropshire Mental Health Trust
Rubery Hill, Birmingham Warickshire Birmingham Borough Asylum 1882 1993 Pavilion Demolished.  Demolished with Chapel being kept
Runwell, Chelmsford Essex Runwell Mental Hospital 1936 2010 Colony Derelict.  Closed and awaiting redevelopment
Saxondale, Nottingham Nottinghamshire Nottinghamshire County Asylum 1902 1987 Compact Arrow Converted.  Converted to houses with selected areas being demolished
Scalebor Park, Burley In Wharfedale Yorkshire Scalebor Park 1902 1995 Compact Arrow Converted.  Currently luxury flats. 
Severalls, Colchester Essex Second Essex County Asylum 1913 1997 Compact Arrow & Villas Derelict.  Currently standing derelict
Shenley, Shenley Middlesex Middlesex County Mental Hospital 1934 1998 Colony Demolished.  Water Tower and Chapel retained.
Springfield, Wandsworth Surrey Surrey County Asylum 1842 Still open Corridor Open.  Currently in use as Mental Health Trust - plans to close in the near future
St Andrew's, Northampton Northamptonshire Pauper and Private Asylum for Northampton 1838 Still open Corridor Open.  Still open as Mental Health Trust
St Andrew's, Norwich Norfolk Norfolk County Lunatic Asylum 1814 1998 Corridor Converted.  Converted to housing with main building retained, annexe to the north currently empty.
St Audry's Hospital, Woodbridge Suffolk Suffolk County Asylum for Pauper Lunatics 1829 1993 Corridor & Borad Arrow (Extension) Converted.  Mostly demolished with small parts converted
St Cadoc's Hospital, Newport Monmouthshire Newport Borough Mental Hospital 1906 Still open Compact Arrow Open.  Currently open with closure close to the horizon
St Clement's Hospital, Ipswich Suffolk Ipswich Borough Mental Hospital 1870 Still open Corridor Open.  No plans to close as of present
St Crispin, Duston Northamptonshire Northampton County Lunatic Asylum 1876 1995 Corridor Derelict.  Currently undergoing conversion to housing (stalled), wards, hall and admin being restored
St David's Hospital, Carmarthen Carmarthenshire The United Lunatic Asylum for Cardigan, Carmarthen, Glamorgan and Pembroke 1862 2002 Corridor Status unknown, brought by council to prevent being turned into a Asylums Seekers Centre
St Edwards, Cheddleton, Staffordshire Staffordshire Third Staffordshire County Asylum 1898 2001 Compact Arrow Converted.  Converted to housing with wards, admin and water tower being restored
St Francis, Haywards Heath Sussex County Of Sussex Asylum 1859 1995 Corridor Converted.  Extensive conversion of site with the majority of buildings now in residential use
St George's, Morpeth Northumberland County Pauper Lunatic Asylum for Northumberland 1859 1999 Corridor Derelict.  Currently Derelict awaiting demolition
St James's, Portsmouth Hampshire Portsmouth Borough Asylum 1879 Still open Corridor-Pavilion Open.  Still operates as Mental Health Trust
St John's, Bracebridge Heath Lincolnshire Linclonshire County Pauper Lunatic Asylum 1852 1989 Corridor Derelict.  Currently awaiting conversion - work has started and since halted
St John's, Stone Buckinghamshire Buckinghamshire County Lunatic Asylum 1853 1991 Corridor Demolished.  Completely demolished bar the chapel
St Luke's, London London St Luke's Hospital for Lunatics 1751 Still Open Corridor / Colony Plan Open.  Still operating as a psychiatric hospital.  Current building built 1930
St Mary's, Burghill, Herefordshire Hereford Lunatic Asylum 1871 1994 Corridor Converted.  Some buildings converted to housing
St Mary's, North Saltwick County Durham Gateshead Borough Lunatic Asylum 1914 1995 Compact Arrow Derelict.  Currently undergoing demolition and conversion.  
St Matthew's, Burntwood Staffordshire Staffordshire County Pauper Lunatic Asylum 1865 1995 Corridor Demolished.  Only Chapel remaining
St Martin's, Canterbury Kent Canterbury Boirough Asylum 1902 Still Open Compact Arrow Open.  Still open and functioning as a hospital.
St Nicholas's, Coxlodge, Newcastle Northumberland Newcastle County Lunatic Asylum 1869 Still open Corridor & Compact Arrow (Extension) Open.  Currently in use with some wards being converted to flats.
St Augustine's, Canterbury Kent Second Kent County Asylum 1875 1992 Corridor Pavilion Converted.  Admin, Chapel and water tower retained for housing
St Bernard's, Ealing Middlesex Middlesex County Asylum/Hanwell Asylum 1831 Still open Panopticon Corridor Plan Open.  Buildings still in use for mental health facilities
St Ebba's Hospital, Epsom London Ewell Epileptic Colony 1903 2009 Colony Demolished.  Two Villas currently in use for mental health services, rest of site under redevelopment
St Georges, Stafford, Staffordshire Staffordshire Stafford County Lunatic Asylum 1818 1995 Corridor Derelict.  Buildings currently derelict and severely damaged by fire.
St Lawrence's, Bodmin Cornwall Cornwall County Lunatic Asylum 1815 2002 Radial & Compact Arrow (Extension) Derelict/Converted.  Early Radial Block converted, compact arrow extension awaiting conversion
St Lukes, Middlesbrough, Cleveland Yorkshire Middlesbrough County Asylum 1898 2009 Compact Arrow Derelict.  Closed and awaiting redevelopment/demolition
Stanley Royd, Wakefield Yorkshire West Riding Pauper Lunatic Asylum 1818 1995 Panoptican Corridor Plan Converted.  Main building closed and converted with acute hospital to the north still open
Stone House Hospital, Dartford Kent City Of London Lunatic Asylum 1897 2007 Corridor derelict.  Currently awaiting conversion - grade II listed
Storthes Hall, Kirkburton Yorkshire Fourth West Riding Pauper Lunatic Aslum 1904 1991 Compact Arrow Derelict.  All buildings demolished except for Admin - site of the annexe now occupied by student village
The Coppice, Nottingham Nottinghamshire The Coppice (private hospital) 1859 1986 Corridor Converted.  Converted to luxury flats
The Lawn, Lincoln Lincolnshire City's Pauper Asylum 1820 1985 Ad hoc Corridor Converted.  Converted to business centre
The Retreat, York Yorkshire The Retreat 1792 Still Open Corridor Open.  Still operating as a charitable psychiatric hospital
The Towers, Humberstone Leicestershire Leicester Borough Lunatic Asylum 1869 2005 Corridor & Compact Arrow (Extension) Converted.  Currently undergoing conversion with compact arrow extension being re-used by the NHS
Tone Vale, Tauton Somerset Somerset County Asylum 1897 1995 Compact Arrow Converted.  Converted to housing with majority of buildings being kept
Tooting Bec Mental Hospital, Tooting London Tooting Bec Asylum 1903 1995 Dual Pavillion Derelict.  Totally demolished
Warley, Brentwood Essex Essex County Lunatic Asylum 1853 2002 Corridor Converted.  Half the asylum demolished, the original half converted to housing
Warlingham, Warlingham Surrey Warlingham Park 1903 1999 Compact Arrow Totally demolished except for water tower
Warneford, Headington, Oxfordshire Oxfordshire Oxford Lunatic Asylum 1826 Still open Corridor Open.  Still open with no plans for closure
West Park, Epsom London West Park Mental Hospital 1923 2008/9 Compact Arrow & Villas Derelict.  Main Hospital now fully closed, demolition underway.
Whitchurch Hospital, Whitchurch Glamorgan Cardiff City Mental Hospital 1908 Still open Compact Arrow Open.  Currently open
Whitecroft, Newport, Isle Of Wight Hampshire Isle of Wight County Asylum 1896 1992 Early Compact Arrow Converted.  Redevelopment work underway, builder currently bankrupt
Whittingham, Preston Lancashire Lancashire County Asylum 1873 1995 Radial  Pavilion Plan, Corridor & Compact Arrow Derelict.  Closed with half the hopsital demolished and the other half derelict awaiting demolition
Winterton, Sedgefield, Durham County Durham Asylum for Lunatic Paupers of Durham 1859 1996 Corridor Demolished.  Main buildings demolished with admission unit still operating mental health services; chapel converted.
Winwick, Warrington Lancashire Lancashire County Asylum 1902 1997 Compact Arrow Demolished.  Completely demolished bar the chapel
Wonford House, Exeter Devon Bowhill House, St Thomas' Hospital 1801 Still open Corridor

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