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.



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Three Counties Asylum/Three Counties Hospital/Fairfield Hospital  Memorabilia

Anything you may have that you wish to sell please let us know

Telephone Richard in the Evenings on 01462 630912 or e.mail rich@threecountiesasylum.co.uk

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For the last few months we have been writing articles featuring the Three Counties Asylum

These  articles are being published in the excellent local magazine On The Button

This is a free magazine available in many local shops libraries supermarkets etc

Many of you who view this site obviously can not pick up a copy  so we have put a link to the articles here, They start in February 2015 issue number 30

Please take a look, I hope you find them interesting and  enjoyable


Click on the photo above to enter the Wards



Please Click on The poster To See Photo’s Of The Celebration Day In June

Celebration Day 2015

The First Twelve Patients

By Rosalyn Knight

This fantastic and well researched booklet tells the story of the very first twelve patients who entered the Asylum in March 1860,

A fascinating and thought provoking read

Price £3.50


We also have a very  limited quantity of

A Place In The Country, this rare book has been out of print for many years,The books we have are in NEW unread condition and have never been in the shops

Price £25.00

If you would like a copy of any of these books please telephone 01462630912

New Radio Interview !

Listen to our interview on BBC Three Counties Radio with afternoon  presenter Nick Coffer

Click on the logo to hear it.

ThreecCountiesRaidioWith jemmaBenson Wards

Sun set over the Asylum