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    Mockingbirds Visit To The Mighty Severalls!

    I had been planning a visit here for some time, seeing a few reports floating about I decided on the spur of the moment to visit this beautiful place, so I called my boss up and told him to get sorted and yes you can bring your wife, so come half 3 we set off on our way to Severalls.

    Upon arriving and making our way towards Sevs we soon made our way inside only to bump into a solo explorer who seemed surprised to see anyone (UE-OMJ) so after a quick chit chat he decided to show us some good bits, as to be honest alone I would of got lost, about an hour or so into the explore we heard voices an movement, after UE_OMJ said about Michael being on the ball here and telling us a time he started (or thought he started) we approached the noises only turned out to be Chopper and his group, didnt notice you at first but glad you noticed me mate, after another quick chit chat we went our seperate ways.

    After 4 hours and god knows how many minutes, we arrived at the mortuary (excuse the pics below) I dont know what comes over me when I find one, I just want to lay in it... anyway moving on from there, we then heard more noises, sure enough Michael had caught up with Chopper and his group and apparently was looking for us oh the fun! after some laughs and some more chit chat he escorted us out, still find it funny he is on first names basis with UE_OMJ.

    After such excitement and laughs, we all went home on what was nothing but a fun explore and we all lived happily ever after.

    Below is some history, but no doubt most of you will know it.

    Severalls Mentall Asylum is over 300 acres of site, built in 1910 opened in 1913, the asylum housed 2000 patients, and was based on the "Echelon plan" - a specific arrangement of wards, offices and services within easy reach of each other by a network of interconnecting corridors. This meant that staff were able to operate around the site without the need to go outside in bad weather. Unlike modern British hospitals, patients in Severalls were separated according to their gender. Villas were constructed around the main hospital building as accommodation blocks between 1910 and 1935. Most of the buildings are in the Queen Anne style, with few architectural embellishments, typical of the Edwardian period. Psychiatrists were free to experiment with new treatments on patients seemingly at will, using practices now considered unsuitable such as electro-convulsive therapy (ECT) and the use of frontal lobotomy. The use of these treatments peaked in the 1950s. In her book Madness in Its Place: Narratives of Severalls Hospital, 1913-1997. Diana Gittins notes that often women were admitted by their own family, sometimes as the result of bearing illegitimate children or because they had been raped. As they would not always (or were unable to) carry out daily tasks, they were considered to be insane and some were even subjected to ECT and lobotomy. A change in management during the 1960s (and likely a change in social acceptance) saw reforms introduced including the creation of art and music therapy programs and the widespread use of drugs and medication. The hospital closed as a psychiatric hospital in the early 1990s following the closure of other psychiatric institutions. However, a small section remained open until 20 March 1997 for the treatment of elderly patients suffering from the effects of serious stroke, etc., as a temporary building for nearby Colchester General Hospital which was in the process of building an entire new building for these patients. A few of the satellite villas as of 2013 are still operational as research facilities on the edge of the site

    Not sure how long is left of this place, so if you want to go or missed bits the first time I would certainly go now, lovely weather for it Enjoy!

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    Seems someone didnt make it out from Santa Sevs now vanished!

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    MORTUARY HAPPY!

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    ADDED BONUS!

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    As you can tell a rather fun filled action packed day! Cheers for looking, big thanks to UE_OMJ for showing us the good bits, nice to meet you Chopper also.
    So I said this will be the last for me for awhile, I shall be lurking and I shall try and get an explore done or two after May hope you enjoyed this be safe exploring people!!
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    A few from me.... I've not posted any explores recently, not entirely sure why, just not been in the right frame of mind I guess. But I've been talked into popping a few of my Sevs pics up, so here goes...

    I'd always promised myself I'd do one last Sevs visit and went solo - but plans for a quick solo run around were soon canceled when I bumped into Mockingbird quite early on - I've not explored with him in ages so I could hardly just nod at him and then run off :D So tour-guide mode naturally kicked in


    Not sure how long poor Sevs has got left now... :( But was great to see her again :)



    This was my 9th or 10th visit, and yet I still managed to see new stuff. There's always new stuff to see at Sevs....














































































    Thanks for looking....
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    Some lovely shots mate, was good to bump into you and explore again :)
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    Great last report to go out on a break on man. Yourre photography is getting better. I really like your sevs pics :)

    OMJ, also, again, nice set of pics!

    Nice report Mockingbird :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by DirtyJigsaw View Post
    Great last report to go out on a break on man. Yourre photography is getting better. I really like your sevs pics :)

    OMJ, also, again, nice set of pics!

    Nice report Mockingbird :)
    Cheers mate much appreciated :) we shall plan something when the work load has eased off!
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    Wow guys!!! I'm blown away! Epic explore there. :)

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    Nice tripod by the way McBird! :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Catmandoo View Post
    Nice tripod by the way McBird! :)
    I did say to you, you should do severalls ;) cheers mate always appreciated was fun doing it, im sure you would take your camera out the bag an actually take pictures here aswel :D
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    Wow fantastic both of you!
    Enjoyed your write up mockingbird, sounds like you had fun :)
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    Wow fantastic both of you!
    Looks better than I expected, really need to get down here :)
    Thanks for sharing!
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