We planned and plotted. I needed examples of each of the asylum types; to visit, view and capture through
the viewfinder. First was the corridor-type: the long sprawling bat-wing buildings, so admired and loved by
Kirkbridge and his American peers.
Red bricked. Stoned mullioned. Eyes to a Tudor past; the asylum as the new country house, set in its acres
St. Crispin’s would do nicely.
We’d try and make it simple. Travel to the asylum, take a leisurely look around, behave ourselves, get permission,
script and shoot. Repeat at radiating ward, echelon and villa asylums. Edit and submit. Simple.
We had to behave ourselves.