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Requiem For A Dream

Designed by architect Edward J.Vickers over a century ago, these stern Gothic towers ring out with silent memories of the thousands who were once interned here. No institution in the the health services of modern day England can quite compare to the scale and breadth of this self-reliant asylum village in its heyday.

 

The building itself is a truly magnificent example of Vickers Edwards architecture, hewn by Victorian miners from local gritstone quarries. Its soaring walls stand in defiance of the outside world, isolating and insulating the many former wards, blocks and administrative buildings within. I couldn't help but imagine that there was a certain atmosphere of "Shawshank Redemption" about the place!

 

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Taken on May 18, 2011