I remember playing with a rock ‘n’ roll band at Harperbury Hospital staff social club on a Sunday lunchtime in the mid 1970s. We were there on a hot Summer’s day and through the windows of the club where we were playing you could see bathers in the swimming pool.
Harperbury asylum is only a few miles from Shenley asylum and Napsbury asylum which are both now fully converted into flats and houses.
The original layout of Harperbury Hospital was mainly of small villas, with large open areas of grounds surrounding them and no corridors joining them.
Harperbury is rumoured to have had two padded cells.
Recently, a brand new psychiatric secure unit with two wards, Beech and Oak, has been built and there is a lot of activity for training staff at Harperbury Hospital.