The photographs featured on this page are very important

I can’t thank Nigel Lutt of the Bedford Records Office enough in giving me permission to use these copyright images They were found during the hot summer of 1976 by James Colletio-White, an employee of the Bedford Records Office While James was working in the basement at the hospital gathering all the old documents to take to the Bedford Records Office he came across some paper photographic negatives just lying on the floor

These turned out to be the original George Fowler Jones {architect} negatives of photographs that he had taken of the Asylum in the early 1870's,

They carry his logo and are his official photograph / negatives

The photographs are an invaluable glimpse into the past

They show the Asylum between 1870 and 1872

Some areas look unfinished and represent a builders yard,work was obviously still ongoing in the 1870s

The Asylum stands on a barren looking landscape and must have stood out for many to see for miles around

 Grass and fully mature trees that line the Asylum grounds and roads now never existed or were just tiny freshly planted saplings back then , roads around the Asylum look to be no more than mud tracks

As we go through the pictures we see a marked improvement in tree, grass and plant growth

Note the clock tower, this was taken down after a couple of years as it was thought it spoilt the asylums lines
It gives me great pleasure to share these pictures with you and i hope you enjoy them, Please remember they are copyright so please request permission if you wish to use any of them

Thank you
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This was originally the front of the asylum

This view shows the male and female dining halls which are now the gymnasium and bistro bar


Another view of the asylum front

Note the large chimney on the left, this has long gone but what was it for?

Look at the muddy field surrounding the asylum, no plants or grass can be seen

 also note , St Lukes chaple has not been built yet

This view shows the back of the asylum

Most people in modern times know this area to be the front

The asylum has undergone the transformation into apartments and this is now officially the main entrance

This view of the asylum is no longer visible

It changed during phase one of the asylum extension

Note the planting of bushes and trees, The area is starting to take on a more friendly and homely look


A view of the other end of the asylum

Again this view is no longer visible as it changed during phase one of the asylums extension

The large building to the right has long been demolished but the pillared entrance still excisits

A very early view of the main entrance centre building

The Male and Female dining halls are to the right

No landscaping or planting to the area has been done


This photo shows areas that have long since been demolished, extended or rebuilt

This area is totally unrecognisable if you view it now




Main entrance side showing the railway line

This was vital for bringing in asylum supplies

This photo shows that work was still going on at this time

A great view of  the drive up to the asylum

Trees bushes and grass now line the way up

A welcoming site to the patients on their arrival

A fantastic view of the rear of the asylum

Note the huge clock tower

This was removed after a couple of years

It was thought the clock ruined the pleasing lines of the asylum

The bell from it was used for St Lukes chapel

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