st johns | doom and gloom

The southern flank of the building was more difficult to get around; it was very overgrown, and there were several fences to get around.

I noticed that several of the wards were built to a circular pattern; this was also advocated as good design by Nightingale, as round wards were easier to clean.

It was built in the "Italian" style in white brick, by architects Hamilton and Thomas Percy. Although state of the art, and built within the requirements of the Commissionaires Of Lunacy, it was always grim and dark inside.

This was the first 'corridor' style asylum I'd visited - instead of separate Nightingale style pavillions being arranged in various patterns, the hospital was a complex of interconnecting corridors with individual rooms along each side.