Request (and refusal) to visit Severalls site for research and photographs, March 2009

In March 2009 I was considering writing a book on Severalls, so I contacted the Government (the land was still State owned at the time) and asked for permission to visit the site to take some photos: Hello, My name is Ritchie Hicks and I am currently writing a book on Severalls mental hospital, Colchester. […]

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Severalls Hospital: the Evil Inside The 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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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