South west asylums: where are they now?

Since the mid-1800s the south west and Channel Islands have been home to around twenty asylums.

Almost all have now been closed and demolished or redeveloped.

Hospital Date closed Demolished Comments
Bristol      
Barrow Gurney Hospital 2006 2017 Built 1930's as second Bristol asylum. Site used for housing development.
Glenside Hospital 1993 merged with Manor Park   Old buildings now UWE health care campus. Part of campus still psychiatric hospital. Chapel houses Glenside Museum. Manor Park now redeveloped as housing.
Channel Islands      
St Juliens, St Peter le Port, Guernsey Closed   Town asylum which became the Guernsey asylum for men. Now a hostel or hotel.
Castel Hospital, Guernsey 2021   Guernsey General Hospital, with ward for female psychiatric patients. lunatics. Became main psychiatric hospital.
St Saviours Hospital, Jersey Closed   Built in 1868 as Island Asylum. Current main psychiatric ward built in grounds.
Cornwall      
St Lawrence's Hospital, Bodmin 2002 Partly The 1815 Cornwall County Asylum. Now converted to housing.
Devon      
Exminster 1986 Partly Devon county asylum, converted to housing.
Exe Vale Hospital (Digby), Exeter 1986   former Exeter City Pauper Asylum. Now private apartments.
Wonford House, Exeter     Built as charity hospital in 1869 to replace St Thomas (opened in 1801, now demolished). Now the main Devon psychiatric hospital.
Star Cross Hospital, Devon 1986 Totally The only Victorian 'idiot asylum' in the South West and the first large Mental Handicap Hospital to close in England. Now housing site. Its 1950's annex, Langdon Hospital converted to a Forensic Psychiatric Hospital.
Dorset      
Forston Asylum, Dorchester 1895 Partly Residence converted to be Dorset's first asylum. Now back to being a private residence.
Herrison Hospital, Dorchester 1992   Second Dorset county asylum. Converted to Housing Development
Gloucester      
Horton Rd Hospital , Gloucester 1988   Old 1823 asylum now converted to housing. Modern Wotton Lawn Psychiatric Hospital built in grounds.
Coney Hill Hospital, 1994   Second Gloucestershire Asylum. Now private apartments
Plymouth      
Moorhaven 1993 Partly Plymouth City Asylum. Converted to gated community development. Retains original cemetery cared for by community residents.
Somerset      
Mendip Hospital, Wells 1991   First Somerset County Asylum. Converted to housing.
Tone Vale 1995 Partly Somerset's second asylum. Converted to housing.
Wiltshire      
Roundway Hospital, Devizes 1985 Partly The Wiltshire County asylum – now private housing. Modern Green Lane Psychiatric Hospital built in its grounds.