AT THE TIME WHEN SEVERALLS FIRST OPENED ITS' DOORS IN 1913, VERY FEW HOUSES HAD ELECTRICITY. SEVERALLS, LIKE MANY OTHER ASYLUMS, WAS VERY AHEAD OF ITS' TIME, AND GENERATED ITS' OWN ELECTRICITY AND HEAT. THIS WAS ORIGINALLY ACHEIVED WITH "LANCASTER" COAL BOILERS, WHICH PROVIDED STEAM FOR TURBINES, WHICH IN TURN GENERATED ELECTRICITY FOR THE ENTIRE HOSPITAL, VIA THE NETWORK OF UNDERGROUND SERVICE OR STEAM TUNNELS. BY THE EARLY 1960's, WHEN MOST OF THE COUNTRY WAS CONVERTING TO A.C. FROM THE OLD D.C., SEVERALLS FINALLY WAS CONNECTED TO THE NATIONAL GRID, AND THE OLD STEAM GENERATORS WERE REMOVED, AND THE OLD GENERATING HALL FOR A WHILE, BEING USED AS PART OF THE ON-SITE LAUNDRY. THE ORIGINAL COAL-FIRED BOILERS WERE REPLACED WITH FIVE MODERN GAS-FIRED BOILERS BY 'DANKS OF NETHERTON', WHICH PROVIDED HEATING AND HOT WATER TO THE VAST BUILDINGS, INCLUDING THE OUTLYING SATELITE BUILDINGS. THE ORIGINAL CHIMNEY STACK WAS ADAPTED SO THAT THE FLUES FROM THE GAS BOILERS COULD BE TAKEN-UP THE INSIDE. ONCE THE HOSPITAL CLOSED, DUE TO THEIR SIZE, THE GAS BOILERS REMAINED ON SITE, UNTIL AROUND 2008, WHEN THEY WERE CUT-UP AND REMOVED; PRESUMABLY TO BE SOLD-OFF FOR SCRAP VALUE. THANKS TO TERRY LEE (NOW RETIRED) FROM THE ESTATES & FACILITIES DEPARTMENT, WHO KINDLY DONATED THESE IMAGES.

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