The County Authority of East Sussex decided to build a new lunatic asylum at the turn of the twentieth century after problems of overcrowding at the Haywards Heath Asylum, formerly the Sussex County Asylum. The County Council purchased the 400 acre Park Farm estate, a short distance from Hellingly village and railway station, from the earl of Chichester for £16,000. Construction began in 1898.
The new asylum was built to a compact arrow plan by George Thomas Hine. The hospital opened on July 20th, 1903 at a total cost of £353,400.
The main building was vacated and closed in 1994, leaving only a medium secure unit called Ashen Hill in the care of the NHS. The main site now is being mostly knocked down for a new devolpment of housing.
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