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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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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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