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Fairmile Hospital, Cholsey

An online talk by Mark Stevens


One hundred and seventy six years ago, public mental health care was invented. Acts of Parliament from 1845 resulted in ‘lunatic asylums’ being built in every county in England and Wales. Berkshire’s own asylum opened in 1870, as what became known as Fair Mile Hospital. Situated near the River Thames, and close to the village of Cholsey, this institution dispensed care to generations of local people and appears in many of our family trees. Discover its history and experience 19th century mental healthcare.

2 - 3.15pm

Pre-booking is required because full joining instructions will be emailed to attendees in advance. Bookings close one day before the event.

Images: Fairmile_Hospital_By Bill Nicholls, CC BY-SA 2.0.

About Berkshire Family History Society

This talk is organised by Berkshire Family History Society, a registered charity, number 283010.