A Place in the Country: Three Counties Asylum 1860-1999

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In the mid-1850s, the counties of Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Huntingdonshire set about looking for a site for a new asylum to house their “pauper lunatics”. In March 1860 the Three Counties Asylum (TCA) opened. It was in operation for almost a century and a half and, as approaches to treating mental illness changed, so did TCA.

ISBN: 9781909291508 Author: Pettigrew, Judith Publisher: University of Hertfordshire Pr Publication Date: 1st September 2017 Imprint: University of Hertfordshire Press Cover: Paperback Dewey: 362.210942563 (edition:23) Pages: xiv, 120 Language: English Edition: New edition Readership: / Code: Category: Subject:

In the mid-1850s, the counties of Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Huntingdonshire set about looking for a site for a new asylum to house their ‘pauper lunatics’. Two hundred acres of farmland at Stotfold on the Hertfordshire-Bedfordshire border were purchased and in March 1860 the first patients were admitted to the new Three Counties Asylum (TCA). The asylum was in operation for almost a century and a half and, as approaches to treating mental illness changed, so did TCA.

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