Ever since I can remember I have found abandoned buildings fascinating. I love the architecture behind these beautiful old buildings. Even with crumbling foundations and peeling paint, I love finding the beauty in any building or place.
The other thing I find fascinating is the stories behind the buildings and the questions left unanswered, if only those walls could talk right?
Construction for Larundel Mental Asylum, as it was known, began in 1938 but was interrupted by the Second World War. For the next 5 years it was used as a U.S military hospital before being used as a W.A.A.F training depot in 1942.
It was then used by the Housing Comission as emergency accommodation from 1946 – 1949.
Larundel was then officially opened as a psychiatric hospital in 1953, housing 387 patients. Eight more wards opened two years later which housed another 360 patients.
During the late 1990’s many sites such as Larundel, Kew Cottages and Mont Park were closed as the need to move away from institutional care of psychiatric patients was realised.
The site is now being developed as part of the Lancaster Gate Housing development project and there are plans to build 550 new homes on the old site. Whilst some buildings of Larundel have been restored, unfortunately many others have been demolished or burnt down and vandalized.
One of the newly restored buildings that apparently no one has bought/ moved in to yet.
Inside some of the buildings that haven’t been demolished yet.