Hello and welcome to my Three Counties Asylum website.
On this site you will find a wealth of information regarding the old Victorian asylum,
Three Counties Asylum (later known as Fairfield Hospital )Still stands proud on the Arlesey / Stotfold border.
It is the only complete surviving example of a Victorian Asylum that I know of in Great Britain,
It was designed in the wonderful gothic romantic style by George Fowler Jones
It was built by William Webster of Boston Lincolnshire
Most people living in and around the local area will have a connection with Three Counties Asylum
First and foremost it has been a place of patient care.
For nearly 140 years it was operating as a psychiatric hospital to care and treat the thousands of patients that passed through its doors.
It was also a place of employment and employed many local people as well as people from all over the world
People in their hundreds and thousands would visit Fairfield hospital in the summer for the summer fetes
In the 1970's and 1980's top DJs like Ed Stewpot and stars of Coronation Street attending in 82
I believe it was Bill Roache who plays Ken Barlow and Pat Phoenix who played Elsie Tanner
The grounds of the Asylum played host to many sports such as cricket, bowls, badminton and football
There was also a very popular social club where many of the staff would let off steam after a hard day
All life and death took place at Three counties even murder and many strange deaths
So you see the hospital has touched so many lives over so many years in so many ways.
Locally we were very concerned that the old place would be demolished when it closed its doors in 1999
thankfully it was saved and the outside restored to its former glory and the inside turned into luxury apartments The Bannatyne’s Health Club and the relaxing ambience of the Brasserie compliment well with the refurbishment.