The Surrey County Asylum at Netherne was built 1907-9, due to the inadequate accommodation provided at the County Asylum at Brookwood Hospital, Woking. Surrey County Council had purchased the Netherne estate in 1898 with the aim of building an asylum there. The architect was GT Hine FRIBA, Consulting Architect to HM Commissioners in Lunacy, and the asylum was built at a cost of £300,000. From 1948, with the establishment of the National Health Service, hospital management came under the overall control of the South West Metropolitan Regional Hospital Board. Netherne hospital closed in 1994.

Aerial view of Netherne Hospital, Coulsdon. SHC ref: PC/45/12

Aerial view of Netherne Hospital, Coulsdon. SHC ref: PC/45/12

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