EPW016899 ENGLAND (1926).  The London County Mental Hospital, Colney Hatch, from the south-east, 1926


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    Title [EPW016899] The London County Mental Hospital, Colney Hatch, from the south-east, 1926
    Reference EPW016899
    Date August 1926
    Place name COLNEY HATCH
    Parish
    District
    Region
    Country ENGLAND
    Easting / Northing 528733,  191761
    Longitude / Latitude -0.14068787080292,  51.609474349661
    National Grid Reference TQ287918
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     The front corridor was at one time the longest in Europe, at 1/3 Mike long it took a long time to walk. In latter years the food was distributed around using electric carts.

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    TimB
    Sunday 3rd of January 2016 06:25:35 PM
     The hospital was so large the central boiler house could not supply enough steam to all the extremities. So there were extra boiler houses located around the outside. This one of them.

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    TimB
    Sunday 3rd of January 2016 06:20:48 PM
     The source of the water is here. It was a deep well located near the boiler house.

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    TimB
    Sunday 3rd of January 2016 06:17:37 PM
     This area of fields is now a massive dump of rubbish. A contract was given to allow the dumping of waste on this area, I'm lead to believe to enable the sloping ground to be leveled. The top soil was moved to one side beforehand. Needless to say it was abused. I doubt it can ever be built on.

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    TimB
    Sunday 3rd of January 2016 06:10:41 PM
     Colney Hatch Lane

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    Pete
    Sunday 12th of May 2013 06:49:19 PM
     Hospital Farm buildings

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    Pete
    Sunday 12th of May 2013 12:18:03 PM
     Friern Barnet Sewage Works

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    Pete
    Sunday 12th of May 2013 12:13:12 PM
     Water supply pump house for hospital.

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    Pete
    Sunday 12th of May 2013 12:12:38 PM
     Stanford Road

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    David Morris
    Monday 7th of January 2013 10:20:05 AM
     New Southgate Rail Station

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    David Morris
    Monday 7th of January 2013 10:05:10 AM
    In 1926 this London & North Eastern Railway station was called New Southgate and Friern Barnet.

    It changed to just New Southgate in 1971.

    Details of history from Wikipedia:

    The station first opened on 7 August 1850 as Colney Hatch station, the Great Northern Railway (GNR) having agreed to provide a station there for the benefit of the second Middlesex County Asylum being built at Colney Hatch at that time. There were several subsequent name changes: to Southgate and Colney Hatch on 1 February 1855; to New Southgate and Colney Hatch on 1 October 1876; to New Southgate for Colney Hatch on 1 March 1883; to New Southgate and Friern Barnet on 1 May 1923; and finally to New Southgate on 18 March 1971,[2] or, as stated by other sources, on electrification of the line in 1976.[citation needed] The GNR came under the London and North Eastern Railway (LNER) after "Grouping" in 1923, before British Rail took over upon nationalisation in 1948. WAGN operated the service from 1997 to 2006.

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    Pete
    Sunday 12th of May 2013 11:55:38 AM
      The Middlesex County Pauper Lunatic Asylum

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    David Morris
    Monday 7th of January 2013 10:04:29 AM

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    User Comment Contributions

    The Asylum was self sufficient having its own farm, orchards, burial ground and water supply. The farm area is seen clearly in the photo being the fields south of the hospital buildings.

    The water supply was pumped from the ornate round well house which can be seen in the field in front of the hospital on the left side. This area is now known as Friern Village Park and is open to the public.

    Most of the old hospital building has now been demolished apart from the front section which has now been converted into expensive flats and a sports club.

    A new pleasant housing development was built on the site of the demolished hospital buildings and farm land in 1998 and is now called Friern Village.

    Pete
    Sunday 3rd of January 2016 06:04:56 PM
    Just a correction on the round water tower. That is in fact the top of an underground water reservoir. The well is over near the boiler house that was near the chimney.

    TimB
    Sunday 3rd of January 2016 06:04:56 PM
    Friern Psychiatric Hospital, further reading: http://ezitis.myzen.co.uk/friern.html

    Dan Gregory
    Tuesday 3rd of June 2014 10:56:00 PM
    The area in the lower left side of the photo shows Friern Barnet Sewage Works which was closed in 1963.

    That part of the photo is now part of the London Borough of Haringey.

    The actual Asylum, railway station and majority of the photo is in the administration of Barnet Council not Enfield as shown.

    Enfield Council area starts to right of the railway line.

    Pete
    Sunday 12th of May 2013 12:02:43 PM
    Outside of the hospital entrance main gate is Friern Barnet Road (A1003)

    Macmartyn
    Friday 3rd of May 2013 02:29:51 PM
    The buildings that are behind the big gas works have all been knocked down and NOW is Station Road (A109) and a Homebase store.

    James D
    Wednesday 17th of April 2013 11:34:22 AM
    Looking at Halliwick Hospital from the South East

    Bones
    Saturday 9th of February 2013 08:58:08 PM
    The photo was taken in 1926

    Halliwick Hospital was built in the 1960s and could not have been present in the 1926 photograph

    Dr S. O. Natelson
    Saturday 9th of February 2013 08:58:08 PM
    Friern Barnet Hospital, with New Southgate railway station to the right. Looking North West

    David
    Saturday 9th of February 2013 08:52:50 PM
    Dear David,



    That’s great; we’ve reviewed your comment and thanks to your help we can update the catalogue. The revised record will appear here in due course!



    Katy Whitaker

    Britain from Above Cataloguer

    Katy Whitaker
    Monday 2nd of July 2012 03:16:29 PM
    At the time of the photograph (1926) the name was Middlesex County Lunatic Asylum".

    In 1936, the name was changed to: "Friern Hospital"

    It was never known as "Friern Barnet Hospital"

    Dr S. O. Natelson
    Saturday 9th of February 2013 08:52:50 PM
    In 1926 this was known as the Middlesex County Pauper Lunatic Asylum. In 1936, the name was changed to "Friern Hospital" and never as "Friern Barnet Hospital".



    The railway line was opened in 1850 and went from Kings Cross via Peterborough to Leeds.



    The asylum at Colney Hatch is well described in the book by R. Hunter and I.Macalpine "Psychiatry for the Poor"

    Dr S. O. Natelson
    Saturday 9th of February 2013 08:50:01 PM