Colchester, The Asylum 1891

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Caption for Colchester, The Asylum 1891: Heavily influenced by the baroque style of Hawksmoor, this fine building, now demolished, was built as the Victoria Hotel in 1843 to cash in on the arrival of the railway. Not a success, it closed to re-open in 1849 as an Asylum for Infant Idiots, later more tactfully renamed the Essex Hall Hospital.

An extract from Colchester Photographic Memories.

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Hi there, I have lived in Essex and Colchester on and off since 1964 but was unaware of exactly where the "asylum" building was - can anybody help me. It certainly looked the part...

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Caption for Colchester, The Asylum 1891: Heavily influenced by the baroque style of Hawksmoor, this fine building, now demolished, was built as the Victoria Hotel in 1843 to cash in on the arrival of the railway. Not a success, it closed to re-open in 1849 as an Asylum for Infant Idiots, later more tactfully renamed the Essex Hall Hospital.

An extract from Colchester Photographic Memories.

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