Category Archives: asylums

William Goldring and Asylums — The Gardens Trust

This blog post on asylum landscape design was posted recently on the Gardens Trust site. I sympathise on the difficulties of researching the gardens and grounds of hospitals, it can be very difficult to find much information in the surviving … Continue reading

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Stone House Hospital, Dartford – now The Residence

Former Stone House Hospital photographed in 2005. The main range of the former hospital is now known as The Residence.  © Copyright Glyn Baker and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence A short hop from the Bluewater shopping centre is the … Continue reading

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Napsbury Park, formerly Middlesex County Asylum

Napsbury Hospital, photographed in 1992. In the centre is the dining hall, with ward blocks on either side. This leafy residential development near St Albans, within sight of the M25, has been established on the site of Napsbury Hospital, incorporating … Continue reading

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Storthes Hall, former West Riding Pauper Lunatic Asylum

Postcard of Storthes Hall Asylum, Kirkburton, West Yorkshire when newly built. Reproduced courtesy of Peter Aitkenhead. Storthes Hall was the fourth, and last, pauper lunatic asylum for the West Riding of Yorkshire. The first section, designed as an acute hospital, opened … Continue reading

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Bristol Lunatic Asylum, now the Glenside Campus of UWE

Glenside Hospital as it was in 1992 ,  © H. Richardson For nearly twenty years now the faculty of Health and Applied Sciences of the University of the West of England has occupied the old Bristol Lunatic Asylum. The asylum, latterly … Continue reading

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Brislington House, now Long Fox Manor, Georgian Bristol’s exclusive private madhouse

Brislington House, engraving after S. C. Jones, c.1865.  Wellcome Library, London. Reproduced under Creative Commons Attribution only licence CC BY 4.0  Brislington House, together with its founder Dr Edward Long Fox, was one of the most influential asylums in the first half of … Continue reading

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The Retreat, York

The Retreat, Heslington Road, York, photographed in 2009 © Copyright Gordon Hatton and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence More has perhaps been written about The Retreat since its foundation in the late-eighteenth century than almost any other psychiatric hospital in … Continue reading

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Holloway Sanatorium – garish or gorgeous?

Holloway Sanatorium was in a parlous state when we visited it in about 1992 as part of the RCHME Hospitals Project. Although the process of decay was sad to see, the stunning interior decoration was still impressive. In 1997-8 the … Continue reading

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Building Bedlam again – taking a leap forward to Monks Orchard

Entrance gates to Bethlem Hospital, 1896 from The Queen’s London : a Pictorial and Descriptive Record of the Streets, Buildings, Parks and Scenery of the Great Metropolis (Public domain, from Wikimedia Commons) Bethlem Hospital remained in St George’s Fields, Southwark from … Continue reading

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Building Bedlam – Bethlem Royal Hospital’s early incarnations

From City fringe to St George’s Fields The dome of the Imperial War Museum, formerly Bethlem Hospital, photographed in January 2014 Visitors to the Imperial War Museum south London may easily be unaware that they are walking through the remains … Continue reading

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