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    Visited yesterday with Reaperman. Neither of us had been to Severalls since 2005, seeing as a lot had happened there since our last trips and the weather was very good for a wander, we headed up to Colchester to see how things had changed.

    It was an eventful day that immediately reminded us that there were still quite a few long term mentally ill people wandering around the site. One very polite gentleman walked boldly upto us and asked us kindly to 'f**k off' or he was going to pin us to the ground and exclaimed that myself in particular was a womans nether-region.

    After hurriedly moving away with this 'cane hill security guard' impersonator laughing in the background we headed towards some of the villas only to notice security turn up, unlock the gate and drive inside - we waited until he was out of site and continued on to 'Ivy Villa' which is outside the main complex and has suffered major arson attacks, although it was only when we ventured inside that RM discovered that one of them was more recent than we had first realised - a section of the villa was still smoldering, we left immediately!



    After a quick sweep of another hidden villa we proceeded to the main complex and were right in assuming that security had finished their patrol. We spent about 4 hours wandering round, catching the sun along the way and it looked like not much had changed apart from widespread grafitti, until we found the hall.......last time either of us had wandered through the hall doors it had been followed by marvelling at the excellent condition of the interior. Not the case any more, sometimes these things have to be seen first hand to be believed!

















    Eventually we found ourselves at engineering, and shadowed by the tower. The usual assault course of green slimy water and a contortionist trick squeezing through a small gap above a door had been removed and replaced with a large hole directly in.







    The views were good, despite ever-increasing arson damage and it was nice just to take them in for a while. We pressed on to the rest of engineering and RM showed me the remains of one of the mortuaries, it had been crudely converted and the only sign of it ever being a mortuary was the body refrigerator.





    The admin block had suffered a small amount of arson damage including the comedy dumb-waiter that been used previously to hoist me up to the first floor! Also the clock face had been smashed out.









    Finally we explored a few more wards, the kitchens and staff training block and slowly made our way out via a couple of villas. When we got back to the fence it was apparent someone else had come in while we were inside!




















    Enjoy!

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    Great pics as always, Mr B and RM.
    Um...that pile of rubble between demolished walls...was that the hall?

    Foxy :)
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    RM has yet to post most of his photos - just that 1 of the tower he took while i was climbing out a window ;)

    Yep the rubble is the halll :(

    cheers foxy
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    These two were taken of the hall on my last visit in 2005...



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    Super Pictures, i had a look round today to get some pictures before demolition,almost seen by security,but hid in long grass,spent 3 hours taking pictures of classic roman style brickwork,and then a man turned up with 2 children and started to strip copper pipe from the building,so i left.......dam theives....spoilt my day.:icon_evil

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    This is what i mean by classinc Roman style building.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shadowman View Post
    This is what i mean by classinc Roman style building.
    I like that gate house too, though I dont see it as being in any way Roman. Its style would appear to be vey typical of the 1920's Its design is more a reflection and evolution of years of victorian building than it is a new style in some way inspired by Rome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reaperman View Post
    I like that gate house too, though I dont see it as being in any way Roman. Its style would appear to be vey typical of the 1920's Its design is more a reflection and evolution of years of victorian building than it is a new style in some way inspired by Rome.
    Sorry, RM, I hate disagreeing with anyone but I'm going to have to here, as it is actually quite typical of an ancient Roman villa, and is even reminiscent of the fort barracks. The arch is typical of a roman one (not to be confused with the Greek colonnade which people think of as classical), as it was they who invented it.
    Sorry to go on a bit, but Ancient Rome and Romano Britain is my thing, as it were. :D

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    Everyones entitled to their own opinions naturally,

    For me though roman buildings are not renound for their use of slate roofing, Pebble-Dash or tall chimneys.

    The only bit I really think of as being remotely roman is the archway and only then in the sense that the romans invented them. On that basis wouldnt all arched buildings be roman-esque? I think an arch alone cannot define the style of a building it needs to be considered within other aspects of the building.

    If I were classing the building I would say it had vastly more in common with a late Edwardian style than it did with Roman archirecture.
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    Hi,
    Sorry for confusion here,
    i was only refering to certain parts as Roman inspired architecture.
    On the picture shown i was refering to the pointy bit above the arch.
    Regards

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