PICTURES: Aerial shots of Severalls Hospital demolition

It has commenced: Severalls Hospital is now being demolished for good. The end of an era of this historic place. There are some great photographs in this set. It’s sad to see for someone whose family has a great deal of history his. My grandmother worked at Severalls as a nurse, my great grandmother died […]

Secrets of Severalls

‘Secrets of Severalls’ film to be released

Severalls Hospital has long been a topic of interest to me and I was therefore very interested to discover that a film called Secrets of Severalls about the current site and it’s history will be produced by a British film maker. ‘Secrets of Severalls’ is currently being produced by Beyond the Point, an award winning […]


Nurse Muriel May Jackson: The Forgotten Hero of Severalls

On 11th August 1942, the Luftwaffe dropped three 500lb bombs on Colchester. One of those bombs hit the West wing of Severalls and damaged a number of buildings including a ward, nurses accommodation and the laundry. 21 year old nurse Muriel May Jackson, armed with just a small torch, removed debris midst the chaos and […]

German air-raid killed 38 patients at Severalls Hospital

German air-raid killed 38 patients at Severalls Hospital in 1942

On 11th August 1942 a German air raid (which Berlin would later confirm to have targeted at Colchester and Hastings) destroyed part of the West side of Severalls Hospital. 38 patients were killed, mainly women. There were a total of 63 casualties, two of which were nurses. 28 of those killed by the four 500lb […]


Severalls Hospital Timeline

I have put together this Severalls Hospital Timeline to give an idea of important dates in the hospital’s history and also how changes in law and society influenced what occurred at the hospital. Much of the information come from my own research and, more recently, thanks to a document provided to me by Hugh Doherty. […]

Severalls Hospital

Severalls Hospital: the evil inside Severalls Asylum

When I wrote the original Wikipedia article of Severalls Hospital I was left asking lots of questions. I wanted more details on the sorts of experiences people had there and the types of experiments which were performed on people over the many years that it was used as a ‘lunatic’ asylum (I use the word […]