st. crispin | red fences and red tape

Starting life as the Berrywood or Northampton County Asylum, and designed by Robert Griffiths of Stafford, the original buildings were erected in 1873, with additions in 1884 and 1940.

The dates surprised me. Griffiths had opted for the tried, tested and failed corridor design, proven to be unscalable in the days of asylums catering for over 500 patients. The large number of villas, isolation units, and other ancillary buildings on the site, suggested an early leaning towards the villa style, necessitated as further extensions of the main core would’ve proved administratively difficult.