Status: Former Psychiatric Hospital (Asylum); Abandoned; Private Property (although you can enter the grounds); Being Prepared for Demolition
Photos Courtesy of Craig M
Despite Google Maps saying otherwise this Hospital is Closed Permanently not Temporarily
This institution was first opened in 1870 as the London Asylum for the Insane.
As many other similar asylums at the time this institution was opened in a rural environment and functioned as a working farm. It was thought the fresh air and farm work would help heal the patients.
Treatment also focused on social interaction which was seen as more moral than treatments in other institutions like lobotomies, cold water therapy etc.
In 1932 the name of the hospital was changed to Ontario Hospital London.
As the hospital population grew new more modern buildings were constructed and the original asylum was demolished – the original infirmary, chapel and horse barn still remain on site.
In 1968 the name was changed again into the London Psychiatric Hospital which is it’s most recognized name. Shortly before closing the name was changed to Regional Mental Health Care London.
In 2014 the facility was completed closed down with all remaining patients being transferred to other hospitals.
In 2019 a developer bought the entire property and will be converting it into a residential neighbourhood. Demolition of the modern buildings is set to begin in 2023.
The remaining buildings from the original asylum are behind the more modern hospital.
There are reports of 25,000 people buried on site in unmarked graves on the site. We were unable to verify this number and it seems excessive but not impossible. It is certain there is some number of remains buried on the site.
Reports of paranormal activity include: ghostly faces looking out of the windows before they were boarded up; disembodied voices; unexplained noises including loud bangs; cold spots; objects moving on their own; electrical disturbances; light anomalies; phantom footsteps; unexplained mists; empathic feelings of anxiety and feelings of being watched, not being alone and not being wanted.