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Donne/Dickens had often been overlooked by explorers. Away from the central core of the hospital, it wasn’t on one of the frequently travelled routes as the curious made for the more photogenic and interesting areas of the complex. For that reason, it was only sparsely photographed; and wasn’t fully explored until Marlon and Laurence found a torturous route past locked stairwell doors and discovered the upper floors in a pristine and untouched condition.

The architecture mirrored the need for a controlled, safe and confining space for potentially violent patients. Day rooms were small and the pavilion was mostly comprised of single rooms, all situated along one side of the building.

Main ground floor corridor along Female Ward D (Z6:G.27:S) © Simon Cornwell 2008