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Report - Lancaster Moor Hospital/Asylum (Permission) - Lancaster April 2013

Discussion in 'Asylums and Hospitals' started by Camera Shy, Apr 10, 2013.

  1. Camera Shy

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    This permission visit had been arranged for a good while, which made it all the more frustrating biting my lip whilst people were questioning why it wasn't being done, and then watching it get explored anyway.
    Still all good things come to those who wait....(or something like that) and when the agreed date arrived it made a nice change to have a relaxed look around, i was hopeful there might be some unexplored areas etc but alas not and it’s pretty much as covered in Hiddens excellent report.

    Visited with Host and Oldskool

    Lancaster Moor Hospital (formerly known as The County Lunatic Asylum).

    During the nineteenth century Lancaster became a provincial centre for the treatment of mental illness. In 1809 it was decided that the proposed County Lunatic Asylum would be built at Lancaster; a recognition of Lancaster’s status as the county town.

    Lancaster Moor Hospital was Lancashire’s first County Lunatic Asylum. The decision to build it was taken in 1809, one year after the permissive County Asylums Act, 1808. The hospital opened in 1816 as the ‘County Lunatic Asylum for the County Palatine of Lancaster’. It was only the fourth asylum to be built under the terms of the Act in the country. It was extended in 1824 and 1883, and by 1891 it accommodated 1833 patients. In that year its administration was transferred to the new Lancashire Asylums Board of Lancashire County Council. Additional buildings, known as Ridge Lea, on the ‘villa’ principle were added in 1907, 1909, 1912, 1916 and 1938. These buildings were chiefly to accommodate private patients.

    The Asylum is a stately quadrangular building of stone, with a handsome front, relieved by pillars of the Doric order, and at one time could hold up to 3,200 patients. The annexe completed in 1882 at a cost of £125,000, occupies a site comprising an area of about 41 acres. The buildings are constructed of stone; in the centre of the block over the main entrance is a clock tower about 100 feet in height, and there are smaller ones at the front extremity of each wing. The main part has been listed as Grade II


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    Cheers for looking :thumb
     

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