West Highland Piers

West Highland Piers

Whitby Through the Ages

Whitby Through the Ages

West Riding Pauper Lunatic Asylum Through Time

Series: Through Time

Publication Date15th March 2013

Book FormatPaperback





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This fascinating selection of photographs traces some of the many ways in which the West Riding Pauper Lunatic Asylums have changed and developed over the last century.
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During the eighteenth century the plight of those considered insane was dismal. Many were locked up in madhouses or chained in the workhouse, their illnesses ignored. It was only with the advent of the Industrial Revolution that reform came into place. Within the West Riding of Yorkshire the first steps in reform were taken by the Tuke family who built the Retreat at York, instrumental in bringing a new moral, caring attitude that was quickly adopted across the country. Through our journey in time we discover how former asylums in York, Wakefield, Sheffield, Menston and Huddersfield changed over the centuries. These sprawling institutions were self-contained, isolated villages in their own right. With the aid of fascinating photographs, a formidable history emerges from an age where it is estimated that at least 30 per cent of the asylum population were unjustly incarcerated without crime or foundation.

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