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Appeal: Conversion of Victorian asylum’s ballroom rejected

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An inspector has refused plans to convert a listed ballroom built for patients at an historic Victorian asylum in Southall into flats, noting the ‘valuable insight’ the building offered on ideas about psychiatric care in the 19th century.

LOCATIONSouthallAUTHORITYEaling Borough CouncilINSPECTORHayley ButcherPROCEDUREWritten submissionsDECISIONDismissedREFERENCEAPP/A5270/W/20/3250319The appeal concerned St Bernard’s Hospital, a Victorian asylum that opened in 1831. Under psychiatrist Dr John Conolly, the asylum’s third superintendent, it became the first to dispense with all mechanical restraints in 1839. It has appeared in film........
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