When complete, West Park Asylum could cater for around 2,000 patients of mixed class. The site had extensive boiler houses and plant rooms, a large laundry, on site dentists, hair salons, surgery, morgues and a substantial water tower. There were also large kitchens located behind the canteen and a substantial recreation hall or ballroom (the latter suffered an arson attack on September 30, 2003 and is now a burnt out shell). The hospital was also once served by the Horton Estate‘s own railway but this was removed in 1950 and no trace remains except around the central engineering block. The main stores and sewing rooms were located in the central block, but other service buildings such as the mortuary and chapel were located by the entrance road along with some staff housing.
This place has since been demolished, real shame – I can remember many days shooting this hospital.