Category Archives: asylums

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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Twelfth Night at Hanwell Asylum

The Twelfth Night entertainment at the Hanwell Lunatic Asylum. Wellcome Library, London. Wellcome Images from the Illustrated London News, 15 Jan 1848 reproduced under Creative Commons Attribution only licence CC BY 4.0 Twelfth Night for many people is now just the date in … Continue reading

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The Asylum at Christmas

Celebrating Christmas with entertainments and a special dinner was introduced into the workhouse and even prisons before it was provided in pauper lunatic asylums. It only seems to have become widespread from about the 1850s. Entertainment to the patients at the … Continue reading

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Craighouse, Edinburgh: former private asylum, future housing development

These blue remembered hills… Craighouse in the middle distance, ‘Morningside and Craighouse’ by Pascal Blachier, taken in 2007, imaged licensed under CC BY 2.0 A year ago planning permission was granted for the redevelopment of Craighouse, Edinburgh, latterly the campus … Continue reading

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Bangour Village Hospital

Rummaging in the attic I unearthed some old slides of Bangour Hospital that I had taken in about 1990, though with all the appearance of having been taken a couple of decades earlier than that. View towards the church at … Continue reading

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Repton Park, formerly Claybury Hospital

  Aerial view of Claybury, undated. (posted on flickr by Jeroen Komen and licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0) Repton Park at Woodford Bridge in Essex is a large housing estate that has been created on the site of the former Claybury … Continue reading

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