Following the Trail
Northam Manor Psychiatric Hospital
Located at at an undisclosed place in United States of America
Photo © 2005 Tom Kirsch, opacity.us
Northam Manor Psychiatric Hospital* History
Starting from a humble beginning of a few rickety wooden buildings, this psychiatric hospital quickly grew to become a vast, sprawling complex. Over 6,000 patients would be crammed into these wards at its peak population in 1950. The movement towards outpatient programs during the 1970s and 1980s, and alternative forms of treatment quickly reduced the population, and combined with the construction of updated buildings, resulted in the partial or full closure of the 1940-era structures. The hospital is still in operation.
* Note: the name "Northam Manor Psychiatric Hospital" is a pseudonym; the real name of this location is currently undisclosed.