THE AIRING COURT SHELTER; ALSO KNOWN AS THE SUN SHELTER, WAS A WELL-USED FEATURE, COMMONLY FOUND AT ASYLUMS. AS THE NAME SUGGESTS; THE PURPOSE OF THESE STRUCTURES WAS TO OFFER A PLACE FOR PATIENTS, STAFF AND VISITORS TO TAKE SHELTER FROM THE ELEMENTS, TO REST, TO TAKE IN SOME FRESH AIR, AND TO TAKE SOME TIME-OUT TO REFLECT. THE AIRING SHELTER'S DESIGN USUALLY ECHOS THAT OF THE MAIN HOSPITAL BUILDINGS, AND THIS TOO CAN BE SEEN AT SEVERALLS. THE MAIN HOSPITAL BUILDINGS WERE DESIGNED & BUILT IN THE EDWARDIAN PERIOD, BETWEEN 1910 TO 1913, SO THE ARCHITECTURAL STYLE OF THE SHELTERS AT SEVERALLS IS STRIKINGLY SIMILAR TO SIMILAR STRUCTURES WHICH CAN STILL BE FOUND AT SEASIDE RESORTS. ANOTHER COMMON FEATURE FOR ASYLUMS, AND AGAIN, SEVERALLS IS NO EXCEPTION; IS FOR MOST OF THE SHELTERS TO BE LOCATED IN WHAT ORIGINALLY WOULD HAVE BEEN THE AIRING COURTS, TO THE OUTSIDE OF THE MAIN WARD BLOCK FACING THE GROUNDS. EACH WARD CATERED FOR A DIFFERENT "CLASS" OR "GRADE" OF PATIENT, AND HAD IT's OWN AIRING COURT, ENCLOSED BY "HA-HA" (A RAISED EARTHMOUND & DITCH), WITH IRON RAILINGS FOR GOOD MEASURE. THE ONLY EXCEPTION TO THIS ARRANGEMENT IS FOUND WITHIN THE INNER OR CENTRAL COURTYARD GARDENS, AS THEY WERE ORIGINALLY CALLED, WHERE THERE WERE TWO IN EACH OF THE COURTYARDS (MALE & FEMALE SIDES). A FEW MORE SHELTERS WERE LOCATED AWAY FROM THE MAIN HOSPITAL BUILDINGS, SUCH AS NEXT TO EDEN VILLA. BELOW ARE A SELECTION OF PHOTOGRAPHS DOCUMENTING THESE SHELTERS IN VARIOUS LOCATIONS AROUND THE HOSPITAL GROUNDS, INCLUDING SOME AERIAL VIEWS OF THE HOSPITAL -SEE IF YOU CAN SPOT THEM!!!

SHELTER SURVEY -2012-

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