Severalls Asylum

Severalls was for me exploring in the correct sense of that word. To make the boring bit short i only had a rough idea about how to get in as decided to go there in last minute and didn't have much time to contact anyone [recived the info afterwards though, lol] so the improvisation level was very high... To say the least i had to jump over (way to) many fences and eventually had a meet up with the razor wire, unfortunately it was on the way in, but decided to stay since i had a long journey to get there..

Approached the hospital from the northern side and had a good walk around there (first pic.) then discovered that it is not where i should be, so made my way to the correct part of it, security was doing their rounds, so it took me a while to finally get inside, after that everything went quite smooth (apart of facing another lot of fences on the way out)

Severalls was a psychiatric hospital built in 1910 which first opened in May 1913 and housed some 2000 patients. Unlike modern British hospitals, patients in Severalls were separated according to their gender. The architect of the asylum was Frank Whitmore. Most of the buildings are in the Queen Anne style, with few architectural embellishments, typical to the Edwardian Period. It closed as a psychiatric hospital in the early 1990s following the closure of other psychiatric institutions.






NGTE Pyestock

Crazy explore, it was supposed to be done by 4 and ended up in a group of 10 people :) Site i secured very well, with car driving around all the time - we had a nice little chase on the way out..

The National Gas Turbine Establishment (NGTE Pyestock) in Fleet, part of the Royal Aircraft Establishment (RAE), UK was the prime site in the UK for design and development of gas turbine and jet engines. It was created by merging the design teams of Frank Whittle's Power Jets and the RAE turbine development team run by Hayne Constant. NGTE spent most of its lifetime as a major testing and development center, both for experimental developments as well as supporting the major commercial engine companies.


For over 50 years Pyestock was at the forefront of gas turbine development and was almost certainly the largest site of its kind in the world. V Bomber, Harrier and Tornado engines were all rigorously tested on site, the power of the air house allowed Concorde's engines to be tested at 2,000 mph, every single gas turbine installed in the Royal Navy were checked here, captured Soviet engines were discretely examined - and all this on terra firma, without a single plane taking off.NGTE Pyestock closed down in 2000. The Pyestock campus is now in the state of being decommissioned pending the building of a large business/industrial park.

The Pyestock circles:






and here it goes:







Stone House Asylum

This location has been on to do list for a while, access has been quite difficult but worth a while :) Hospital was originally constructed between 1862 and 1866 at the behest of the London Commissioners in Lunacy to provide for pauper lunatics from the London area. The buildings were designed in a Gothic brick style by James Bunstone Bunning, and the facility accommodated 220 patients. In 1924 the facility was renamed the City of London Mental Hospital, and in 1948 it was taken over by the new National Health Service and became known as Stone House Hospital. A 1998 assessment by Thames Healthcare suggested that the hospital was not suited for modern healthcare; plans for the hospital's closure were initiated in 2003. [taken from wikipedia.org]





Spillers Millenium Mills

This is one of the iconic urban exploration sites in London, built in 1905 by William Vernon and Sons, bought by Spillers shortly afterwards and named after their “Millennium Flour” of the time, though apparently the mill was also used for making the dog food for which Spillers were famous. It was partially destroyed by a massive explosion at the neighbouring Brunner Mond’s works in 1917, extended massively around 1933 and de-commissioned in the mid 1980’s. Entrance was a lot of fun, with all the sneaky ninja bits on the way.