TheTimeChamber is a website dedicated to the interest that two brothers share in the social history that surrounds them and the big wide outdoors. At the centre of this site is their interest in the derelict, abandoned, or converted buildings that dot the landscape of the World (it used to limited to just the UK, but then we started earning money and branched out a bit). To accompany the photographs of the visited sites, a historical account has been written for each location. This website aims to bring to life the forgotten memories of the institutes and establishments that the modern world has turned its back on and left to decay.
The website is split down into multiple sections. The Exploration Section contains photographs, a history and any other information on the many abandoned sites that the website has visited. The Photography Section contains a selection of our favourite shots and any tutorials, or blog posts, we have written to help us learn the trade. Finally, a Blog Section contains everything that we haven’t really figured out what to do with. It’s our brain dump of hopefully interesting articles, sometimes a photo we like and other times a pool of ill thought out words.
It was clear to the Surrey Magistrates in 1875 that the two County Asylums at Springfield and Brookwood were unable to provide the number of beds needed for the pauper lunatics. This caused the County to place their lunatics either within the Poor Law Unions, or within other County Asylums and private asylums around the country, with much expense to Surrey. The Magistrates set about investigating the need for a new asylum and quickly determined that a new asylum was needed, and that it would reduce the cost of Pauper Care significantly, even with the construction costs, which were estimated to be £150,000. This study also deemed that an asylum with a maximum population of 1000 patients would ease the over crowding. And with the east of the county not having easy access to [...]