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Video - St Georges Asylum Morpeth 'Aug 2016'

Discussion in 'Urban Exploring Videos' started by karl k, Sep 5, 2016.

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    The County Asylum at Morpeth opened in 1859 as one of the final counties of England to comply with the 1845 Lunacy and County Asylum Acts, which compelled each authority to provide adequate accommodation for their pauper lunatics.
    The County and Northumberland and it’s neighbour’s had been slow to react to the legislation and formed the final tranche of a wave of asylums constructed from the late 1840’s onwards. These consisted of the County Durham in 1856, Cumberland and Westmorland Asylum in 1863 and finally the City of Newcastle upon Tyne in 1869.
    Until this time, the northeast had a strong tradition of using private madhouses for accommodating pauper lunatics such as those at Bensham and Dunston. To whose proprietors the Counties paid for accommodating their inmates, thereby avoiding the need to manage and run their own properties. The Commissioners in Lunacy, whose duties included overseeing compliance with the legislation disapproved strongly of this practice and forced the hands of the County and Borough authorities to plan new facilities.

    Exploring an abandoned Mental hospital / lunatic asylum in morpeth near newcastle.
    We heard that the place was set for demolition so we set out to explore the place, it went well and managed to video what was left of the place.


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