st. crispin lunatic asylum | 85 things you never knew about lunatic asylums

46. Early asylums were built as highly centralised blocks, heavily influenced by the prison architecture at the time. As the decades passed, the classifications moved from the various ad-hoc designs, through the corridor layout, radiating pavilions, through to the broad and narrow arrow echelon asylums, ending up with a loosely connected village of villas.