There’s stories embedded in these derelict walls, in the hard, curled edges of peeling paint, in tousled bedsheets that still hold the shape of a twisting, turning body, in sharp edges of cracked glass in broken windows.
It doesn’t exist anymore, this mysterious building that was once home for the residents of Cane Hill Hospital in Coulsden, London Borough of Croydon. It was the Third Surrey County Pauper Lunatic Asylum, built in 1882, after the Springfield and Brookwood Asylums were filled to capacity. Built on a hill to give the patients a view over London, parts of the grounds were designated for farming so that the asylum could be as self-sufficient as possible.
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