Monday, 14 December 2015

Looking at the old maps of north Norwich at our last meeting, someone remarked on the Borough Lunatic Asylum marked near Magpie Road. Apparently, this had its origin in the Poor Law. It was set up in the 18th century as an infirmary for the nearby Workhouse. In 1828 it was known as the Norwich Pauper Asylum; later as the Norwich City Asylum, not to be confused with the Norfolk Insane Asylum in Thorpe St Andrews. It was relocated in the 20th century to become today's Hellesdon Hospital. There some fascinating stuff about its history here:

http://www.workhouses.org.uk/Norwich/ including a link with the Great British Bake Off cook Mary Berry!   

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