west park | mental illness

Of the five asylums which constituted the Epsom Cluster, St. Ebbas remains in use, Long Grove and Manor have been demolished and Horton is being demolished. That leaves West Park.

We drove into the site not knowing what to expect, but were pleasantly surprised to find the main complex empty and barren.

The day was primarily a recce, just to size the site and judge its characteristics. But, opportunity did beckon twice, and we infiltrated several areas.

But we were on high alert - arsonists had set fire to one of the wards a couple of days previously. So, guessing that security were on the prowl, we cautiously entered the site...