[KINDLE] ❁ Voices from the Aslyum: West Riding Pauper Lunatic Asylum ❅ Mark Davis – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk

Voices from the Aslyum: West Riding Pauper Lunatic Asylum 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 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 Per Cent Of The Asylum Population Was Incarcerated Incorrectly And Up Until 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

10 thoughts on “Voices from the Aslyum: West Riding Pauper Lunatic Asylum

  1. says:

    Despite a few typos, mostly in regards to dates, I enjoyed this brief glimpse into the world of some of the patients A few of which made my heart ache I came across this book while researching the asylum that The Ballroom Anna Hope was based upon A nice add to my home library.

  2. says:

    I was expecting something from the patients themselves, instead this book consists of intake information of patients and the author s research on what became of them Because of this, it felt like the patients were very othered, by both staff writing the records and the author While there isn t the leery voyeuristic tone towards patients as you see in some books about the history of mental healthcare, there was a condescending paternalistic feeling, and a fair bit of ableist language like dea I was expecting something from the patients themselves, instead this book consists of intake information of patients and the author s research on what became of them Because of this, it felt like the patients were very othered, by both staff writing the records and the author While there isn t the leery voyeuristic tone towards patients as you see in some books about the history of mental healthcare, there was a condescending paternalistic feeling, and a fair bit of ableist language like deaf and d mb that I found discomforting Overall not one I would recommend

  3. says:

    Containing heart wrenching photos genuine documents from a bygone era, this important piece of history gives a voice to the dozens of forgotten pauper inmates who spent most of their lives in the West Riding Lunatic Asylum Many were wrongly incarcerated others simply misunderstood, forgotten by their families buried in unmarked graves As proceeds of this work go to the upkeep of a memorial garden, I found it a fitting tribute to those who suffered were unable to tell their own story Containing heart wrenching photos genuine documents from a bygone era, this important piece of history gives a voice to the dozens of forgotten pauper inmates who spent most of their lives in the West Riding Lunatic Asylum Many were wrongly incarcerated others simply misunderstood, forgotten by their families buried in unmarked graves As proceeds of this work go to the upkeep of a memorial garden, I found it a fitting tribute to those who suffered were unable to tell their own story

  4. says:

    Short easy read of less than 100 pages Quite moving Each entry has a photo of a resident of West Riding Pauper Lunatic Asylum and a brief description of why they were admitted Then follows a description of their behaviour and so on, and when they died Some of these poor souls were admitted for over 50 years There was also the tales of two very young children, aged 4 and 6, who were admitted Well worth reading, a very quick read

  5. says:

    A fair redA little repetative Good to see photos to relate to the people of the asylum Quite expensive for such a short read This is my first book purchase.

  6. says:

    Quite moving at times Sometimes wantedinformation.

  7. says:

    sad to hear the voices of people often very young who were incarcerated in here for most of thier lives excellant piece of research of history of menston.

  8. says:

    Interesting read So sad about some of the patients at Menston May they rest in peace

  9. says:

    Great readingI enjoyed this book as it gave a real insight to people who were admitted in to mental institute around my area.

  10. says:

    A poignant collection of pictures of inmates whose bodies were unclaimed upon their death while incarcerated in the Menston lunatic asylum Each entry includes information regarding their mental condition as well as a small interpretative paragraph putting their diagnosis into today s psychological context I found this book very sad.

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