Hellingly Hospital - The East Sussex Mental Institution.

Hellingly Hospital - The East Sussex Mental Institution.
Hellingly, a Victorian hospital on a grand scale. Conceived in 1897, with landscaped surroundings high on a hill with therapeutic views across the countryside. An enclosed community, providing for itself...patients and staff lives exisiting in familiar corridors and buildings.
Closed down in the eary 1990's and left decaying ever since.

Friday, 18 February 2011

A happy place

My grandmother, Emily Stapley, died in East Sussex Mental Hospital, Hellingly on 21 January 1940 aged 73.
I knew nothing about the hospital until I found this site as a link from RootsChat (family history). The Superintendent whose name is on Emily's death certificate is B Reid.

I don't suppose there is anyone out there whose memory goes back that far but I have found the messages posted quite moving, especially those which refer to Hellingly being a happy place, well run, and in such lovely surroundings.

Great site. Thanks Chris Brown

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