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Voices from the Asylum: West Riding Pauper Lunatic Asylum
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Mark Davis Niccola Swan
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Voices from the Asylum: West Riding Pauper Lunatic Asylum

Mark Davis Niccola Swan Marina Kidd Niccola Swan


Amberley Publishing

Care of the mentally ill;
Local history;
Places in old photographs


96 pages

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Almost forgotten by time, tucked away beyond the sight of the passerby, there is a little piece of old England, which was for many years a forgotten wilderness. If it were not for a weather-beaten plaque on the gatepost few would realise that beyond the rusted gates there lies, in unmarked paupers' graves, 2,861 former patients of the once formidable Menston Asylum.

To be admitted to a lunatic asylum in the nineteenth century was fraught with danger, and in many cases meant a life sentence hidden away from society. It is estimated as many as 30 per cent of the asylum population was incarcerated incorrectly and up until 1959 there was no form of appeal.

Looking into the faces of the long dead, the forgotten former inmates of this once bustling institution, it is impossible not to feel a certain sadness at their plight. Abandoned by an intolerant society and their families these people all had one thing in common, when death came there was no one to shed a tear or collect their remains. They were given a pauper's funeral and forgotten, until now.

By:   Mark Davis, Marina Kidd
Foreword by:   Niccola Swan, Niccola Swan
Imprint:   Amberley Publishing
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 165mm,  Spine: 10mm
Weight:   284g
ISBN:   9781445621739
ISBN 10:   1445621738
Pages:   96
Publication Date:   September 2013
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Unspecified

Mark is a keen social historian and has photographed Bradford from the core out for several years, recording the changing history of this great northern city. Mark lives in Haworth, Bradford. His previous books with Amberley include West Riding Pauper Lunatic Asylum Through Time, Bradford Through Time and Ilkley Through Time.

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