Page 1 of 4 123 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 58

Thread: Rainhill Hospital

  1. #1
    Newbie silverstealth's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Posts
    1
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    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.

    Advertisements -------

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


    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.

  2. #2
    Senior Member wsteve55's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Crosby
    Posts
    2,199
    Thanks
    1
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Default

    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!?

  3. #3
    Who? Last Of The Timelords's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Location
    Knowsley
    Posts
    7
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Default

    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.

  4. #4
    Senior Member wsteve55's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Crosby
    Posts
    2,199
    Thanks
    1
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Default

    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!!

  5. #5
    Senior Member naked lilac's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    Hawaii, USA
    Posts
    437
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Default

    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..

  6. #6
    Senior Member phredd's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    runcorn
    Posts
    358
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Default

    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.
    In the days when we had nothing we had fun.
    If tomorrow starts without me, remember I was here.

  7. #7
    Newbie JLC57's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Posts
    1
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Default Rainhill Hospital History Night

    I am secretary for a local group (Friends of St Benediucts Wood) which looks after the woodland on the former Rainhill Hospital site, in conjunction with the Woodland Trust). The Group's members consist mainly of people now living on the former site. We are arranging a History Night on 5th March 2009 at the local retirement village, where many of the residents have memories of the hospital. We already have a couple of speakers and also some photograph displays lined up and 'stealthpicasso' has agreed that we can use his video footage. Our intention is to record people's memories of the hospital either as a worker or a patient. In the New Year we want to collate this on a web site for everyone. Our other aim is to raise money for a memorial to the hospital patients on the woodland site. If you are interested in either speaking or attending then let me know and I can provide the details.

  8. #8
    Re-member Ged's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    Here, there & everywhere.
    Posts
    7,197
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 7 Times in 5 Posts

    Default

    Is there a register for people who were in Rainhill hospital.
    www.inacityliving.piczo.com/

    Updated weekly with old and new pics.

  9. #9
    Briden briden27's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Location
    Manchester
    Age
    75
    Posts
    9
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Default Rainhill Hospital

    I worked as a psychiatric nurse at Springfield Hospital in the early 70s.You would be amazed at the number of patients on the geriatric wards that had been admitted for some minor misdemeanor and stayed 40 or 50 years.
    It is heartbreaking but just a part of the ignorance in the early days of psychiatric medicine

  10. #10
    paddy Paddy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Location
    Watford
    Age
    67
    Posts
    374
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Default

    They still practice electric shock treatment. what for?
    Oh as I was young and easy in the mercy of his means,
    Time held me green and dying
    Though I sang in my chains like the sea.

    Dylan Thomas

  11. #11
    Senior Member wsteve55's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Crosby
    Posts
    2,199
    Thanks
    1
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Paddy View Post
    They still practice electric shock treatment. what for?
    Apparently, it did have some positive effect on some, people,though nobody seems to actually know why!(that I've heard about,anyway!)

  12. #12
    Newbie mardilurg's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Posts
    2
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Exclamation

    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.
    This happened to me in June 1975! I was in a distressed state because we'd been evicted right on the day my daughter was due to be born. I was homeless, and homesick (being Australian) I was separated from my baby as well, and my milk was dried up without my knowing or permission.
    All I needed was some counselling.
    It was really bad management, and I'd never get satisfaction even if a tried to have an apology, but I'm just glad I got out quickly! Only through a bombastic friend who came and questioned the doctor who was at the maternity hospital when I gave birth.
    I am eternally grateful to her and to God for this, as I knew it was a place you didn't get out of easily!
    I was then put in the psychiatric ward of a general hospital (Ormskirk) which was appropriate...

  13. #13
    Newbie mardilurg's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Posts
    2
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Unhappy

    Quote Originally Posted by briden27 View Post
    I worked as a psychiatric nurse at Springfield Hospital in the early 70s.You would be amazed at the number of patients on the geriatric wards that had been admitted for some minor misdemeanor and stayed 40 or 50 years.
    It is heartbreaking but just a part of the ignorance in the early days of psychiatric medicine
    My husband's stepfather was incarcerated for decades (from about 1954), supposedly for putting ground glass in his stepsons' porridge.
    This was not a minor offence,and I understand that he was in the section for the criminally insane.
    When Rainhill was being closed, my husband's half-sister wrote (1980) to say that she'd been visited by the police to identify her father. He died as a derelict, not being able to cope with life after being institutionalised for so long. I think this was a very sad thing to happen.

  14. #14
    Diane Louise Diane Louise's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Location
    Merseyside
    Posts
    109
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Default

    Rainhill hospital should never have been closed as care in the community does not suit all patients who need to be hospitalised. I am sure some of these patients feel more comfortable and secure being in a hospital which can cater for all their needs as ong as the 'right' people are put there in the first place.

  15. #15
    Senior Member wsteve55's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Crosby
    Posts
    2,199
    Thanks
    1
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Diane Louise View Post
    Rainhill hospital should never have been closed as care in the community does not suit all patients who need to be hospitalised. I am sure some of these patients feel more comfortable and secure being in a hospital which can cater for all their needs as ong as the 'right' people are put there in the first place.
    Got to agree wholeheartedly! Some people just can't cut it,in the outside world,and there should be some provision for this,which,from what I've heard recently,is on the way! Just a pity there's been so many deaths of,and by,people with a mental condition!

Page 1 of 4 123 ... LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. Dinham Villa, Rainhill, and Frederick Deeming (the Rainhill Demon)
    By DaisyChains in forum Liverpool Folklore and Oddities
    Replies: 29
    Last Post: 12-13-2013, 03:40 PM
  2. Rainhill Hospital
    By john in forum Liverpool People Discussion
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 01-22-2010, 01:27 AM
  3. Old hospital
    By bigpab in forum Exploring Merseyside
    Replies: 14
    Last Post: 05-12-2009, 10:44 AM
  4. Whiston Hospital
    By GhostSearch in forum Buildings and Structures
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 11-16-2006, 10:28 AM

Tags for this Thread

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68