This 300-acre site, built in May 1913 to house some 2,000 patients at any one time, was more than a psychiatric ward - it was a complete community, designed so that no one would ever need to leave. Inside the now deserted, decaying shell, psychiatrists were once free to test their new treatments without any restrictions on patients at the mental hospital in Colchester, Essex. Designed in 1910 by architect Frank Whitmore, the hospital was so fully equipped with the buildings and facilities that staff and patients would never have to leave the site - or even venture outside if it rained.

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Madonna photographed by the legendary photographer Bert Stern (1985)

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Princess Yvonne and Prince Alexander in Germany, 1955.

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Stephanie Seymour by Herb Ritts

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