Anyway, as I'm still currently struggling with deciding upon suitable, non-bland yet not ridiculously patterned, layouts for my proposed live/work scheme, I though I'd post a few photos of the day (note the stunningly clear, blue sky).
NB: The quality of some of the images has been reduced due to compression.
|Primary route, looking north towards Coulsdon Town Centre|
|Access from the A23 (note Debbie not wearing a floaty sundress for scrabbling amongst overgrown shrubbery, but playing with her mobile ... again)|
|Buses once serviced Cane Hill|
|View of Farthing Downs from Cane Hill|
|SW wing of the Admin Block built with yellow London stock bricks, typical for the asylum|
|The imprisoned Water Tower, spiky fences discourage exploration|
|An enormous but very healthy-looking laurel hedge - landscapers have ventured this way before ...|
|Chapel & Admin Block (on left), viewed from slope|
|Derelict building - has a day care/occupational therapy centre look. Wandered through a gap between trees before sighting the surrounding fences ... oops|
|The building was evidently in use in 2001|
|Remember to maintain your pond, else silting up may occur|
|Water Tower again, note the relatively level ground (unlike most of the site)|
|After chatting with friendly security man, I believe this may have been a doctor's residence (i.e. further away from the hospital than the nurse's quarters)|
|Water Tower from another vantage point - and no, we didn't scale the fence|
|Cane Hill Asylum: a village in itself|
|Now that's not exactly politically correct, is it?|
|We chose Brighton Road, handy for Lion Green Road car park|
|And another one for the landscapers - 'recently' planted trees with evidence of a root irrigation system|
We also spotted deer on site but sadly failed to get a decent picture due to their lurking in wooded areas, coupled with my wobbling about on a steep slope above them.
After leaving Cane Hill we decided to pop over to neighbouring Farthing Downs and take some pictures of the view from there. In hindsight, a less floaty dress would've been good for such a, by late afternoon, windy location. Trying to preserve your modesty whilst taking photographs whilst buffeted by a strong breeze isn't easy ... sorry dogwalkers.
|View towards Cane Hill (includes the fields on the left-hand-side) from Farthing Downs|
Sadly, possibly due to being the end of March, no refreshments were available so we stopped for an (unanticipated) ice-cream in nearby Marlpit Lane park before trekking home. Fun was had by all ...