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    DescriptionAlmost forgotten by time, tucked away beyond the sight of the passerby, there is a little piece of old England, which was for many years a forgotten wilderness. If it were not for a weather-beaten plaque on the gatepost few would realise that beyond the rusted gates there lies, in unmarked paupers' graves, 2,861 former patients of the once formidable Menston Asylum. To be admitted to a lunatic asylum in the nineteenth century was fraught with danger, and in many cases meant a life sentence hidden away from society. It is estimated as many as 30 per cent of the asylum population was incarcerated incorrectly and up until 1959 there was no form of appeal. Looking into the faces of the long dead, the forgotten former inmates of this once bustling institution, it is impossible not to feel a certain sadness at their plight. Abandoned by an intolerant society and their families these people all had one thing in common, when death came there was no one to shed a tear or collect their remains. They were given a pauper's funeral and forgotten, until now.

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    Voices from the Asylum
    West Riding Pauper Lunatic Asylum
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Mark Davis, By (author) Marina Kidd
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 96
    Width: 165 mm
    Height: 235 mm
    Thickness: 236 mm
    Weight: 308 g
    ISBN 13: 9781445621739
    ISBN 10: 1445621738

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.6
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: WQH
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DBKEYK
    BISAC V2.8: POL019000, PHO019000, HIS000000
    BIC subject category V2: WQP, JKSM
    BISAC V2.8: SOC057000
    BIC subject category V2: 1DBKEYK
    BISAC V2.8: PHO023100
    DC23: 362.210942817
    Illustrations note
    illustrations (black and white, and colour)
    Amberley Publishing
    Imprint name
    Amberley Publishing
    Publication date
    26 September 2013
    Publication City/Country
    Author Information
    Mark is a keen social historian and has photographed Bradford from the core out for several years, recording the changing history of this great northern city. Mark lives in Haworth, Bradford. His previous books with Amberley include West Riding Pauper Lunatic Asylum Through Time, Bradford Through Time and Ilkley Through Time.