Sunday, 26 July 2009

Burghill Asylum.Hereford

Old Postcard image taken early 1900s of "The Asylum". Burghill.Opened in 1871 at a cost of £67.000 it was known as "The Hereford County and City Lunatic Asylum".It was later extended in 1900 at a cost £40.000 and could accommodate up to 550 inmates as they were called in those days.The "Asylum" latter became known as "St Mary's Hospital" and was finally closed in 1994 to make way for a modern housing development although a lot of the original buildings still remain today.

21 comments:

Anonymous said...

this is strange was researching this place the other day reaaly good well done x
Unknown 7/26

Anonymous said...

very interested to see this photo as have just discovered that ancestors of mine (Thomas Smith & wife, Eliza, nee Owen) were (according to '81 and '91 censuses) head attendant and housekeeper at this establishment!

Anonymous said...

and one of my ancestors was a patient in 1881.

Anonymous said...

I started working at St. Marys Hospital when I was 18 years old. It was a good place to work & the patients were well looked after.

Anonymous said...

I can remember the hooter going off when I was a child. It used to happen when someone had escaped - or so everyone said.

Anonymous said...

I lived across the fields from The Hospital, and would often see men in white coats looking for escaped patients. This was quite frightening for young children. But we never came to any harm.

Anonymous said...

i recently found a book on biology at my grans house with the stamp 'nurse training school, st mary's hospital, hereford' i was curious as to the history of the hospital. thanks for the pic and info.

sheila ross ne jones said...

I worked at this hospital, there was just 2 of us and we started the Cadet training

Anonymous said...

Trained as a mental health nurse there in the eighties. A great loss to the service when it closed.

david taylor said...

My 2nd Great grandfather Charles Smith was shown on the 1871 census as Clerk of Works when the Asylum was built.

Linda Baker said...

My Great Aunt Sarah Jane Traylor was there until she died and was buried in the grounds of the hospital in 1959 I wondered if anyone remembers her.

Linda Baker said...

My Great Aunt Sarah Jane Traylor was there until she died and was buried in the grounds of the hospital in 1959 I wondered if anyone remembers her.

Anonymous said...

Can anyone please tell the graves Have been moved, If the graves have been moved to Where was the graves moved too. Also how can check the names of people who died there and who had been a patient there. The year from 1935 to 1937.If anyone can help me that WOULD BE GREAT. Thank you

Anonymous said...

Started work there in 1972 and it was a wonderful place.The patients had everything they needed or wanted.The staff were very experienced in nursing all types of mental and physical illness.There were dances in the main hall and patients were taken out on day trips to Port Eynon and Barry Island.There was a massive kitchen there with trained chefs cooking for patients and staff.MIND produced a book called"Boots on,out" which everyone should read.

Anna Heddle said...

I am also trying to trace a relative - my grandmother who I think may have been a patient from 1938 onwards. I have not been able to find a death record for my grandmother and she would be 101 today. I would be very interested to know how I could find records of people who were cared for in St Mary's from 1038 onwards.

I can be found on anna.heddle@virgin.net

Anna Heddle said...

In addition to the comment above - my grandmothers name was Winifred Baker 'Winnie' (nee Midford) dob 26.01.1913

Criscom Systems said...

Hi can anyone tell me the area in Burghill this is situated please I cant seem to find any reference of the postal address. My father died there in 1965 and I wanted to retrace his steps. Thank you.

Ann Carroll said...

I believe it has been demolished and houses built. Sorry dont know original address. Old employees will probably be more help. Apparently a daffodil for each person buried there was planted....2000+.

Anonymous said...

My great Nan was there and died there are no records of her dieing or being releast are anywhere to be found way they don't tell u is the shock treatment and the ice bathe and the horrible stuff. They. Done to the patient

R. C. Lane said...

The Herefordshire Family History Society have done some work looking in to the Asylum at Burghill.

It was called "The Hereford County and City Lunatic Asylum", and built a few miles north west of Hereford within the Parish of Burghill on Tillington Lane, part of the HR4 Post Code. In July 2003 the following article appeared [The Herefordshire Family History Magazine, July 2003, from the article "Lunacy and Lunatic Asylum's in the 19th Century" by Monica Beavan].
As far as deaths are concerned, apparently the bodies were transported by other inmates to St. Mary the Virgin, Parish Church Burghill, and the dead inmates were laid to rest there in unmarked graves. In 2002 the local people planted a tree and bulbs to commemorate the dead inmates as it is believed that none have any form of grave stone.
I have an interest as my great great great Aunt Jane Rosa Lane was committed to Burghill on 3 January 1901, she died there on 15 November 1954

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know where is this in Burghill? I am trying to find it for my history A Level.