Hello! Happy Saturday!! Is it me or are these weekends coming round quicker than ever… and disappearing just as quick too?! A week of very hot weather awaits us here so I’m getting ready to hibernate as my freckly skin can’t cope with heat!!
And it’s been a pretty quiet book week with just 3 books finished and only 1 new NetGalley arrival! And I still have book tokens burning a hole in my purse!! What is wrong with me??!! The guilt of over filled bookshelves may have got the better of me!
here’s my look back!
SUN, SEA & STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE by ROSIE GREEN – 5 STARS
SAVING LUCIA by ANNA VAUGHT – 4 STARS
THE VERY SECRET SOCIETY OF IRREGULAR WITCHES by SANGU MANDANNA – 5 STARS
Just 1 from Netgalley this week…
A HISTORY OF LONDON COUNTY LUNATIC ASYLUMS & MENTAL HOSPITALS by ED BRANDON
publication date – 30th July 2022
From the Middle-Ages onwards, London’s notorious Bedlam lunatic hospital saw the city’s ‘mad’ locked away in dank cells, neglected and abused and without any real cure and little comfort. The unprecedented growth of the metropolis after the Industrial Revolution saw a perceived ‘epidemic’ of madness take hold, with ‘county asylums’ seen by those in power as the most humane or cost-effective way to offer the mass confinement and treatment believed necessary.
The county of Middlesex – to which London once belonged – would build and open three huge county asylums from 1831, and when London became its own county in 1889 it would adopt all three and go on to build or run another eight such immense institutions. Each operated much like a self-contained town; home to thousands and often incorporating its own railway, laundries, farms, gardens, kitchens, ballroom, sports pitches, surgeries, wards, cells, chapel, mortuary, and more, in order to ensure the patients never needed to leave the asylum’s grounds.
Between them, at their peak London’s eleven county asylums were home to around 25,000 patients and thousands more staff, and dominated the physical landscape as well as the public imagination from the 1830s right up to the 1990s. Several gained a legacy which lasted even beyond their closure, as their hulking, abandoned forms sat in overgrown sites around London, refusing to be forgotten and continuing to attract the attention of those with both curious and nefarious motives.
Hanwell (St Bernard’s), Colney Hatch (Friern), Banstead, Cane Hill, Claybury, Bexley, Manor, Horton, St Ebba’s, Long Grove, and West Park went from being known as ‘county lunatic asylums’ to ‘mental hospitals’ and beyond. Reflecting on both the positive and negative aspects of their long and storied histories from their planning and construction to the treatments and regimes adopted at each, the lives of patients and staff through to their use during wartime, and the modernisation and changes of the 20th century, this book documents their stories from their opening up to their eventual closure, abandonment, redevelopment, or destruction.
I hope you’re enjoying Magpie Lane, it’s on my 20 Books list again this year! 😂 xx
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haha I did thanks! review to follow…sometime LOL!! I’m sure you’ll get round to reading it this year….. read it next LOL! xx
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