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    Default Leybourne Grange March '10


    Leybourne Grange is a former villa asylum in Kent, due to the sparse layout of the buildings it occupies a vast expanse of land (270 acres). It is built around a Manor House and some smaller victorian buildings.

    Much of the site was either stripped or demolished during 2007, including boiler house, engineering works, mortuary, gymnasium, swimming pool, main hall and ballroom. I didn't hold my hopes up for finding anything interesting but had my fingers crossed that the previously sealed manor house and clocktower buildings would be open.

    Our luck was in, and seeing these previously sealed buildings made the trip worthwhile.

    Visited with King Al.








































































    Some shots from 2006 of buildings that aren't there any more...





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    Nice to see people are still doing this, always will have a soft spot for Leybourne Grange as it was my first asylum, regardless of whether or not it's trashed beyond recognition :)

    Great pictures; I take it the last two are older ones? :)

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    Another fine Report and piccies Mr. B! :)

    Didn't realise how substantial the old Manor House is -good to see some parts still there. The Villa Buildings are almost identical to Turner Village in Colchestercestershire. Any ideas if the Manor House to be kept / is Listed?
    Lb :jimlad:

    Think we're gonna need a bigger boat

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    Far as I know the manor house is listed, as is the clock tower. I think it's all going to be part of the new Birling Grange (sic) housing development by Taylor Wimpey.

    Also, I really like the shot from inside the nurses' block!

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    Love the staircase very much but its a shame the hall n pool are gone.Clock building looks good as well as the red brick house..hope that gets done up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tom46 View Post
    Nice to see people are still doing this, always will have a soft spot for Leybourne Grange as it was my first asylum, regardless of whether or not it's trashed beyond recognition :)

    Great pictures; I take it the last two are older ones? :)
    Leybourne got forgotten about for a while as a lot of the site was demolished and stripped, plus the manor house used to be alarmed.

    Thanks, last 3 are 2006 and 2007

    Quote Originally Posted by Lightbuoy View Post
    Another fine Report and piccies Mr. B! :)

    Didn't realise how substantial the old Manor House is -good to see some parts still there. The Villa Buildings are almost identical to Turner Village in Colchestercestershire. Any ideas if the Manor House to be kept / is Listed?
    Thanks Lightbuoy! Manor house is nice but declining quite badly, theres at least one burst pipe in there which is flooding it.

    Turner village, is that the place near Severalls that had a stubby water tower?

    Quote Originally Posted by tom46 View Post
    Far as I know the manor house is listed, as is the clock tower. I think it's all going to be part of the new Birling Grange (sic) housing development by Taylor Wimpey.

    Also, I really like the shot from inside the nurses' block!
    Thanks for the info, and glad you like the shot.

    Quote Originally Posted by klempner69 View Post
    Love the staircase very much but its a shame the hall n pool are gone.Clock building looks good as well as the red brick house..hope that gets done up.
    I certainly hope that all the pre-villa buildings are kept, the villas themselves are pretty shabby though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mr_bones View Post





    Nice images,the place looks awesome.

    This has just jumped up my list.

    Will keep an eye out for those dangerous children too.
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    nice pics mrbones this place looks really good

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    Quote Originally Posted by mr_bones View Post
    .....Turner village, is that the place near Severalls that had a stubby water tower?.....
    It sure is. It was built as an Extension to the Royal Eastern Counties Hospital (Essex Hall Asylum for Lunatics), however was designed mainly for people who were physically as well as mentally disabled.

    Incidentally, one of the Villas at T.V. has now been demo'd to make way for a new Health Building (for Treatment and / or Training).
    Lb :jimlad:

    Think we're gonna need a bigger boat

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    The picís look great MB, the shot through the little door of the court yard and manor house (pic 16) is fantastic!

    It was a nice explore that:)

    Hereís a few bits that I caught:









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