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Spotted through the mature trees could be seen the lone slender water tower of Shenley Mental Hosptial. It was one of the last reminders of the cluster of asylums which littered this corner of Middlesex. By the turn of the century, Napsbury, Hill End and Cell Barns were reaching bursting point, and the county of Middlesex needed a new asylum to cater for the population growth caused by the ever expanding London suburbs.

Finally, after many delays, the plans were finally approved, and the former Porters Park Estate (some of which was occupied by a defunct World War One airfield) was purchased in 1924 for a “new mental hospital and a colony for Mental Defectives."