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    Arrow Rainhill Hospital

    The Lancashire County Lunatic Asylum was erected on Rainhill Road in Prescott and opened on the 1st January 1851.

    In 1858 it had 400 patients.

    It was a stone building, and was enlarged in 1860 and again in 1886 by the erection of an annexe available for 1,000 patients, at a cost of ?200,000, from designs by Mr. G. E. Grayson, architect of Liverpool.
    Built to the Corridor Plan.

    By 1900 the total number of patients was 2,029.

    By 1936 it was said to be the largest psychiatric hospital in Europe with a total of 3,000 patients.

    It was named Rainhill Hospital under the National Health Service.

    It closed in June 1992.

    I have located a lengthy video taken in bits from the 1970's upto closure.

    Having edited the video which is poor quality I have managed to save enough for 3 interesting clips.


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    YouTube - Rainhill Hospital Gala 1970

    Rainhill Hospital Gala Part 1

    YouTube - Rainhill Hospital Gala 1970 - 1973 part 2

    Rainhill Hospital Gala part 2

    YouTube - Rainhill hospital 1992 The Empty Wards

    The Empty Wards Circa, 1992 I believe.

    The quality is pretty lousy but I think the fact its so rare compensates.

    I hope you enjoy the footage as much as I have.

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    I've worked with former patients of Rainhill, and mostly, they have surprisingly fond memories of the place( as well as some not so nice1) I think the powers that be, might be regretting, in some ways, that they got rid of it, and others like it!?

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    My great grandmother ended up in Rainhill for 35 years in the 1920's with nothing more than post-natal depression so I have great interest in the place, and in how society treated mental illnesses with nothing more, it seems to me, than a lock and key.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Last Of The Timelords View Post
    My great grandmother ended up in Rainhill for 35 years in the 1920's with nothing more than post-natal depression so I have great interest in the place, and in how society treated mental illnesses with nothing more, it seems to me, than a lock and key.
    Well,L.OT.T.,
    I'm no expert, but until the introduction of anti-psychotic drugs,in the late 50's/early 60's, there was little alternative! Also, some of the definitions of mental incapability,have changed quite dramatically,since then. "Feeblemindedness",was one of these,which on diagnosis,could mean your incarceration in a place like Rainhill.Some examples of this might be, your gran's depression,having an illegitemate child, staying off school persistantly, petty crime,etc, which today wouldn't even be considered! Iknow one guy,who's wife was in mental hospital for 17 yrs, till being re-diagnosed with a thyroid conditionShe's glad to be out and about now!!

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    Those videos were compelling to watch.. especially the last one of the empty wards.. I thought the music of Gerry and the Pacemakers was well thought out in that video.. Made one really think, how lucky being sound we are...

    What happened to close it.? And where did they relocate these people..?

    I remember my mum taking me and my sister, at about 7 years old.., to view people that were basically retarded.. and put in a hospital for their life..Some, mind you, were total vegetables, and living strapped to a bed.. Very sad indeed...
    She wanted to show us how lucky we were.. and how to be compassionate for the less fortunate.. It will never leave my thoughts..

    I often walk past homeless people muttering to themselves..Society says .... they are crazy.. Yet, maybe they aren't as crazy.. cause they are free, and not held behind doors in a lunatic asylum.. Very interesting topic.. Thanks for your archives..

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    Quote Originally Posted by naked lilac View Post

    What happened to close it.? And where did they relocate these people..?
    I think it was "Care in the Community" that closed both Rainhill & Winwick.
    Newsham General (Belmont Road Hosp as it then was) had two Psychiatric wards in it's early days, X1 & X2 if memory serves my correctly, X1 being female and X2 Male. The patients mainly suffered from GPI.

    Still on about Rainhill Hosp but slightly off topic >>>>>
    Does anyone know what happened to the two VW fire tenders from the hospital (rainhill) ?
    A group of us have been looking for them for a number of years and can find no trace of them.

    Phredd

    ps:- GPI = General Paralasis of the Insane; caused by Syphilis in its later stages.
    Last edited by phredd; 10-12-2008 at 07:18 AM.
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