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The Lunatic Wards at the Bath Workhouse - 1858

The Lunatic Wards at the Bath Workhouse

Those of our readers who take an interest in the proceedings of the Poor-Law Guardians are, no doubt, aware that there have recently been erected, adjoining the Workhouse of the Bath Union, large and commodious wards for the accommodation of idiotic and imbecile paupers but, not having seen them, they can form but a very imperfect idea of their extent, the amount of comfort which they afford to the patients confined within them, or their importance, in a pecuniary sense, to the rate-payers of the Union. 1,897 more words

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Abilities first? Institutions for disabled children in Victorian and Edwardian Britain

By Lesley Hulonce

In 2001, Douglas Baynton observed that ‘disability is everywhere in history, once you begin looking for it, but conspicuously absent from the histories we write’. 2,216 more words