These formed an integral part of the corridor asylum with many thoroughfares snaking
through the wards themselves. Because this caused disruption to the patients, the
corridor design became outmoded and was eventually abandoned (and there was the small issue
that corridor asylums couldnít scale up to the huge sizes of buildings envisioned by the
architects and Asylum Board).
Other main arterial routes through corridor asylums were small and narrow, and they mustíve been
congested and difficult to navigate (especially with an infirm patient in a wheelchair or a bed).
By the time of Severalls, the echelon pattern was proven and successful. Arterial
corridors were wide and airy; and each ward was serviced by its own corridor and was additionally
joined to its neighbours.
Originally the corridors at Severalls had no windows or doors and were little more than
covered walkways. The female staff used to run screaming down the passageways in the twilight as
bats flew down the endless corridors. Eventually they installed windows.