A history in pictures of the asylum. The building itself is made out of plates rather than bricks to give a more textured appearance. The inside walls are the same to give the appearance of tiles which are common within asylums in England. Each picture below gives a fictional history of the asylum. Your reviews are appreciated. Thanks.
The brainchild for the asylum was William Mornington, a Gloucester entrepreneur who saw a rise in crime by the insane and, with the help of the local parish, built Mornington Asylum. Construction began in 1840 and was finished two years later in 1842
Dedication Day = March 9th 1842. At the far left of the picture is William Mornington (sporting his favourite hat). The governor placed in charge of the asylu, Dr Joseph Watson, is at the front of the photograph and on the left. Shortly after dedication William Mornington suddenly died and Watson took over the asylum
1843 = The asylum recieves thousands of inmates every year. To the public and the parish of Gloucester it was a place to treat those who needed help. Nobody could have guessed what was really happening inside
The Operating Theatre on the ground floor. Taken in 1844 this was a secret photograph taken by one of Watson's associates. The asylum was a pretence for Watson and Routledge to commit their evil crimes. All types of unnecessary procedures were carried out on inmates who were unknowing guinea pigs. This unfortunate patient is soon to undergo a frontal lobotomy
His nurse, Emily Routledge. Her innocent appearance and personality masked the true nature of her evil. She would assist Watson in almost all of his procedures. Here in a photograph taken in 1844 she is preparing for a frontal lobotomy
On the second floor a large padded cell was constructed by Watson himself to test the limits of isolation. The initial asylum did not have a room of this size but Watson was keen to examine the possibility of isolating two inmates to see if they would eventually kill each other
Unable to escape from the prison-like building Hughes knocked over equipment in the theatre and a fire started. With the asylum isolated from the nearest town the fire went unchecked and the building was burnt out, trapping all the inmates inside. Over 300 people, including all the staff and inmates, were killed.
It was only when the fire was put out and the asylum examined that the true horrors were discovered. Bodies were discovered throughout the structure, some had been experimented on, some were more fortunate. All, though, had been unable to escape.
The asylum was refurbished after the Second World War and reopened as part of an NHS building in the 1960s. Lack of funds and its isolated position meant that it was ill-equipped to serve as a useful hospital and the building was condemned and abandoned in 1979.
...including Watson's office. His office was destroyed in the fire but the new manager kept a similar layout including an almost identical lamp on the desk. The office was closed in 1974 and moved to a different part of the building.
Today the building is empty. Signs are placed at the asylum's gates warning of trespass and few return to the building. There have been talks of restoring it as a museum but for the moment the building stands empty, foreboding and silent.
This is just wild. This is a great story to go with really masterful building. I like the black and white photos. My experience with trying to do these period photos in that you need to adjust the color temperature too and not just covert to black and white. It looks like you figured that out because these photos look good. The only thing they need is to be grainy and I have not figured out that trick yet. Darn digital cameras even make the 1800's look good.
wow that is creepy! i am a fan of asylums and there creepy feel. when i first looked at that page i thought it was a real asylum. i did some research and found out it wasnt. nice moc though. can i please have instructions for it? please?
A chiller masterpiece: a simple moc, endowed with life by such dramatic phototaking skills and storyline. The Mornington Asylum boldy set the stage for a horror genre in the literature of LEGO.
The dim-lighted photo effects that undermine the quality of the rest of your MOCs are finally put to good use in the Asylum, and the slanted camera angles brilliantly convey the tone of insanity while the sepia toned pics add to the drama and realism. This is one of the best entries on MOCpages.
Amazing story telling g! This is great! The photography is excellent... love the story. Falling down stairs, experimentation, and who doesn't love a good frontal lobotamy! Woot! Enjoyed this! I didn't know lego mocs could be so creepy! Cheers! ~ Paul.