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

Strange people, especially at night

"....I came across your site..thought I'd chip in my bit on what I know about the Hospital. I live 2 minutes from the site and have been in the buildings and the grounds several times. Its an awesome site, but it is also the source of many local (and very disturbing) rumours. For example, as you approach the main compound, you may have noticed a set of twin garages with big wooden doors. These are actually the old engine sheds which housed the narrow-guage locos and rolling stock which ran on the private railway linking the hospital with the main line, in order to bring in medical supplies etc.

Now this is well documented, but there is also a rumour that during the early part of the 20th century, several big celebrities sought treatment at the hospital and the railway was used to bring in these guys under the cover of darkness in order to avoid the media getting hold of the story.

Futhermore, I have heard many rumours that there is a sub-terrain passage which links the engine sheds to the subway section of the main complex, to move the famous from the train to the hospital without being seen. I'm still to discover for myself if this is true or not.

One interesting thing is that in Lewes County Records Library, the building plans remain open for public access, and very interesting they are too. However, there are no plans or records of any underground sections of the complex whatsoever...in fact ask around the appropriate authorities and they will simply say that to their knowledge no underground stucture exists at the site. Bit odd??

I hope on your trip you got to see several other interesting things. The Morgue is a chilling sight - the fridges are still in place (thankfully empty!) and there is also a corridor with several cells which are completely padded, with big prision-style doors.
By day this a disturbing sight, but the one trip I took to the hospital at night still gives me bad dreams!! As we went in through the conservatory at the back, we found the first corridor to be totally covered in fresh, still dripping white paint. It was everywhere, but there was no paint cans, footprints or anything else to be seen. Spooked, we bolted back outside, as as we walked round the building, we passed three guys walking the other way, all wearing white.
As we got to the main access road three police cars and two dog units pulled up and asked our business. We simply said we had been to the social club and they sped off in the direction of the main complex...god knows what they were after. The problem is, as amazing as the buildings are at Hellingly, they see a large amount of drug dealers and criminals pass through.

There are some really strange people that visit the hospital, especially at night, and there is talk that it is often used by a local voodoo-type cult group...dont know what for although on one trip we found a room which contained the remains of some sort of bird. It had been dismembered and parts of it nailed into the walls. It was seriously bad, but whether it was just some sickos messing about, or something more sinnister remains a mystery.

On our next trip, there was no sign of it whatsoever, only the nail marks remain. Im still drawn to Hellingly for some reason, I think because there are so many rumours surrounding the hospital that need to be proven/disproven. I am certain that in its early years, some very horrible cruel things happened at Hellingly that are not public knowledge. I dont believe in ghosts, i dont think...but there is a 'feeling' at Hellingly that isnt quite right.
Maybe some things should be left alone".


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