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    Default Cheshire County Asylum, Chester

    Now closed, this was once Cheshire's County Asylum. Lots of the 'usual' features found in such places, such as seclusion cells (one of which is painted with hazard stripes), a water tower and ward rooms.

    This one's a good one because it hasn't been smashed up by morons. Just look at the lampshades in the photos, intact radiators and a minority of broken windows. Being based on a major NHS site and with some parts alarmed, it seems to have survived pretty well despite the peeling paint.

    Last photo shows a strange cast iron dentists chair tucked away in the basement. Quite why that was down there I don't know, but it was certainly eerie.

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    Awesome mate. As ever...

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    Absolutely love old asylum pics, thanks Snappel
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    Is this any part of the old Military Hospital that was in Chester?

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    That hazard room is crazy.

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    The asylum was also known as Deva Hospital, and I'm sure it's where the word 'Divvy' comes from.

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    There's some more information here. The only reference to a military hospital is...

    ...the commandeering of nearby Winwick Asylum (Warrington) as a War Hospital, resulted in over 250 ‘Winwick ‘ patients being transferred to Chester, along with approx 80 from Middlesborough.

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    I really enjoyed looking at them photo's Snappel

    The building must hold so much history !!

    The dentist chair is so scary Is this why i am so scared of dentists ?? Lol

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    Jacky !
    That Dentists ??? Chair as you call it, could have been used for Electric Shock Therapy. Patients used to be strapped down to a bed and elecrodes place on their heads and an electric shock applied. It was supposed to clear their brain and bring them to normality. It was a bloody awful thing to watch, as the patient would go into rigid spasms and try and thrash around. They used to use it at Walton Hospital when I worked there
    NOT NICE. There again possibly it is as you say a Dentists Chair. I don't think many dentists on the outside would be keen try and pull the teeth of
    a homicidal maniac though

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    Yes, I've read about ECT, and it didn't sound nice. I think some hospitals had dedicated ECT 'suites' - I know Cane Hill in Coulsdon did as it's marked on a floor plan. Not sure about this place though. Just seemed strange that the chair was down in the basement. Can't seem them using it down there though, as I doubt there'd have been a ready source of power.

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    Great photo,s as usual.. I see you didn't post the room with a certain
    steel table in it..

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    No, didn't visit the mortuary this time. Have done before though, about a year ago. It's pretty cool, if you like that sort of thing...






    More of the hospital here.

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    Pretty cool I like it they are supposed to be.
    I too went there over a year ago, and very little seems to change, just a bit
    of nature claiming it all back....Like Billinge nearly all gone now, never did
    find it there, was by the nurses home I beleive.... Keep up the good work

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