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Old 05-31-2018, 09:07 PM   #1
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June 1st, 2018 : Asylum Entertainment

In 1895 there was no video games, no TV, in fact there wasn’t even radio to pass the time.
On this day the staff in the yard and patients in the barred windows of the Conley Hatch Asylum
in London, England, were lucky to have a fellow patient up a tree to entertain them.



Would he jump? Would he fall? Would he throw poo? How long would this play out?
It had all the suspense and drama of a silent movie for everyone.

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Old 05-31-2018, 09:14 PM   #2
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I would fling poo.
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Old 06-01-2018, 01:21 AM   #3
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Old 06-01-2018, 05:26 AM   #4
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When Colney Hatch Asylum was opened by Prince Albert in 1851 it was no doubt a place to be avoided at all costs.
These days people are paying to get in there, in a manner of speaking.
What had become Friern Hospital was closed in 1993 and sold off for redevelopment.

There now follows the developers sales spiel:

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A luxurious living link with the glory of Victorian England.

Princess Park Manor is an award winning, period listing building set within 30 acres of private parkland.

The development has been sensitively and imaginatively converted to combine elegance and exquisite proportion of its heritage with the convenience and comfort expected in the modern age.

Everything you would expect from a residence of this class is exactly where it should be – with sheer quality and meticulous attention to detail completing the picture. All apartments are 100% sold.

• 20 minutes from the City by train
• Individually designed apartments
• Health and fitness club with pool
• Tennis courts
• Courtesy bus to stations and shops
• 24 hour security
• Mature private parkland
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Of course, there's no mention of the previous role of the building.
There have been many such redevelopments in recent years but few estate agents draw attention to the history of the place they are trying to sell.
However, given the architectural style and size of the original building it's usually quite obvious.

Friern Hospital

The new cast of neighbours: Why the bling brigade is flocking to a former asylum in north London
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Old 06-01-2018, 09:46 AM   #5
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Watching the Monkeyman-in-the-tree show was such a big event that everyone who went got all dressed up in their best suits, ties, vests, fancy hats, etc.; even the staff!
No tacky shorts, T-shirts, and baseball caps for THIS classy event.
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Old 06-01-2018, 01:22 PM   #6
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Old 06-01-2018, 03:07 PM   #7
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The figures in the windows make the picture.
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