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Portrait of Dr Alexander Newington by a patient. Ticehurst House Hospital casebook, 1891.
Credit: Wellcome Library, London
Ticehurst House Hospital had a long history as an asylum and mental hospital based in the south of England.
Ticehurst House Hospital was opened as a private lunatic asylum at Ticehurst, East Sussex, in 1792. At first the hospital admitted a number of pauper patients as well as its more numerous private clients. However no pauper patients were admitted after 1838, and the clientèle became increasingly upper class as the century progressed.
Records of private asylums have had an extremely poor survival rate compared with those in the public sector, which have had the benefits of statutory protection and a greater measure of continuity. The Ticehurst House records are unusually well preserved, and some of the more important series in its archive are remarkably complete.
The archive dates from 1787-1975. The various categories of records kept in accordance with the lunacy legislation include a remarkable series of casebooks, some of which have been digitised.
The original papers may be consulted at the Wellcome Library.
The digitised Ticehurst papers are available under a Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial license; they can be freely downloaded and reused for non-commercial purposes, so long as attribution is given to Wellcome Library.
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