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    Default Hellingly Asylum Remains/Mookster's Nostalgia Trip - Aug 2015


    I never thought I would find myself stood inside G.T. Hine's famously brown-tiled Hellingly Asylum ever again.

    I had heard on the grapevine that there were a couple of buildings on the edge of the site forgotten - or not factored into - the development plans which started with the demolition of the main asylum in 2009 through 2010. Hellingly was my first ever explore back in June 2009, and the journey to the small village of Hellingly began to bring back a million memories from that beautiful sunny Friday afternoon when I found myself stood on The Drive with a mate and his then girlfriend, and her mate. I can remember almost everything about that day, etched permanently into my memory are those first steps inside Hellingly - what it felt like climbing through that first window, what the room looked like, how it smelt - it was one of those pivotal life moments which has stayed with me forever. On that day, we only had a precious few hours inside to explore, and got around maybe half of it before we had to depart. I would return in November 2009, not long after the demolition had started, and manage to explore the entire asylum accompanied by the sound of demolition equipment tearing into Park House located further down The Drive, carried to the asylum by a fierce wind which was howling down the corridors.

    So naturally I was almost jumping out of my seat when I saw there were a few bits left to have a nose at. With us being down south for the day I practically demanded we go and have a look, and so, six and a bit years later I found myself once again on The Drive, with an array of horrible identikit box houses where the asylum once was.

    There are four buildings left on the outskirts - two large ones plus a smaller stable block type building and the chapel (both of which are sealed). One of the larger ones and the stable block-ish building closed in 1994 with the rest of the hospital, the other large one became some kind of training/administration centre after the 1994 closure and was vacated in 2010. The chapel closed with the main site in 1994, it was used for storage and is full of filing cabinets and desks and other crap.

    The long-derelict building is a pig to photograph as it is nearly pitch black inside, but it's vintage 1994 closure Hellingly and one of my favourite things I have done this year.





































    And finally, it just wouldn't be Hellingly if it didn't have a room that looked like this.



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    Good to see :) I didn't even know anything much was left. An old friend of mine swung me round here once when he was secca, among other places, nigh on probably nearly 10 years ago now (pre SlimJim days). It was pretty much one of the places that got me interested in asylums and indeed eventually urbex.

    They still got the dangerous loonies on tag in the new facility there? They used to work in the burger wagon for construction and secca I heard :D
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    Great pictures Mookster :) looks like a nice explore!

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    Great to see, i take it the more derelict part was left in 1994 and the building with the lap tops was the recent closed one? Cane hill had loads of saggy floors like that too, reminded me of that a lot

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    Nice one! I didn't expect to be seeing a Hellingly report this week!
    Fantastic stuff, thanks for sharing :)
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    It does seem to have surprised a lot of people, a bit like me when I saw the photos a few weeks back! I nearly fell off my chair in shock. It's not worth travelling any great distance for unless like me you have a special affection for the place, or are in the area, but it was so cool to see.
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    Still looks a lovely building, Nicely Done Mook, Thanks
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    3rd laptop from the left is a Hp Compaq 6710b - brand new in 2006! Still have a number of these in use at work. It cant have seen much action.

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    Nice 1 mate well photographed
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