warley | the chapels of warley
Written: 06|11|06

Such expansion and reorganisation of the asylum for the increasing number of patients was becoming impossible. In the end, the county of Essex was forced to build more asylums; Goodmayes (1901) took patients closer to London, and Severalls (1913) dealt with the east of the county.

This effectively halted the expansion of Warley although its size remained constant at 2000 patients until the 1950s. But another Chapel was constructed in the grounds of the asylum.

In the 1960s that a small Catholic chapel for 80 patients was constructed on the site of the old library.

Opened by the Bishop Of Brentwood in 1962, and dedicated to St. Dympna, it was little more than a small wooden shed. Inside little remained except the raised platform for the alter.