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Whitecroft Asylum (Whitecroft Hospital)

Visited 2004


Whitecroft pauper lunatic asylum was built in 1896. Previously patients had been treated on the mainland at Knowle hospital at great cost in patient transport. The hospital was in many respects a miniature to those constructed on the mainland.

The hospital continued in its role providing healthcare for about 300 patients for the next hundred years. Becoming known as Whitecroft hospital midway through the 20th century. During the 1980s the hospital was becoming unsuitable for modern needs and began to move towards closure with the gradual shutting down of the wards. By 1997 only the laundry remained in use. By the time I visited in 2004 the entire site was empty.











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