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Brislington House, Bath Road, Bristol
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This building was the earliest purpose-built private asylum. It was built in 1804 by Dr E L Fox to pioneer a more humane treatment for the 'insane' (mentally ill). It cost about £35,000 to build and equip. Men and women were housed separately in opposite wings. Separate blocks reflected the social standing of the occupants who were mainly wealthy. The end house was built for the Fox family. It later became a nursing home and is now split up into apartments. Read official list description.
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Copyright: Mr Michael Perry. Source English Heritage.NMR
Reference: 378915
Location: Bristol >> Bristol Date Taken: 04 July 2007
Period: Georgian (1714 - 1836)
Keywords: mental, health, institution, Georgian (1714 - 1836)
Images By Theme: Disability History

 


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