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A History of Fair Mile Hospital 1870-2003

Fair Mile Hospital in Cholsey was opened in 1870 as the County Lunatic Asylum for Berkshire.  It closed in 2003.  Following the award of a grant from The Wellcome Trust, BRO has been able to make the Asylum's archive available for research.  These pages provide an illustrated history of Fair Mile.

Beginnings

The Victorian Asylum

Lunatics and Lunacy

Victorian Treatment

Doctors and Nurses

Fair Mile into the NHS

Mark Stevens' book about Fair Mile, Life in the Victorian Asylum, is now available from booksellers.

Image of Exterior print of Fair Mile

Display Cases

Victorian and Edwardian Fair Mile

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Victorian Cases: Physical Causes

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Victorian Cases: Moral Causes

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Staffing the Asylum

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Fair Mile in Wartime

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Downloads

County Asylum theatre poster (258KB)

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