Mornington Asylum is an abandoned 19th century asylum in Gloucestershire, England. Opened in 1842 the asylum was the brainchild of William Mornington, a Gloucester entrepreneur who saw a rise in crime by the insane and, with the help of the local parish, funded the cost of the construction.
For years the asylum was a centre of excellence. It received 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 fire of 1865, which is documented elsewhere (see Mornington Asylum), exposed the cruel practices and despite seeing service in the two world wars as a hospital for the injured and later as an NHS mental health unit the asylum fell into disrepair. Part of it was demolished in the late nineteenth century, the rest slowly falling apart.
The clock tower was one of the original features of the asylum. Located on a hill and used as the admissions entrance today it stands alone, boarded up and left.
The clock tower loomed over the asylum and still stands today. Rumoured to be haunted and home to murders of crows the tower is stoic, silent and foreboding
This is the clock tower at Mornington Asylum circa 1902. The part of the asylum which was attached to the tower has gone, the only remaining buildings on site are on the other side of the tower. For the next century the tower would stand alone and was used mostly as a local landmark for Spitfire pilots landing at a nearby airfield during the Second World War
When the part of the asylum attached to the clock tower was demolished this entrance, which had served as the main foyer, was gated up. Even when the other asylum buildings was reused during the world wars the clock tower was off limits. It leans slightly to one side but has never toppled