Meanwood Park

Meanwood Park : The Leeds Mental Deficiency Colony

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Meanwood Park was rented In 1919 by the Leeds Corporation to provide a 'mental deficiency colony' for the mentally handicapped, which was formally opened on 3rd June 1920, although the first patient Mr Frank Tottie was admitted on 25th August 1919. Frank aged just 10 lived in the hospital for over 60 years until his death on 17th November 1979. The Mental Deficiency Act of 1913, empowered Leeds City Council to make residential provision for those people today described as having Learning Disabilities, previously known as Mental Deficiency, then Subnormality (1959) and Mental Handicap (1970s). For this purpose the Council acquired/obtained the Meanwood Park Estate.
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  • Paperback | 96 pages
  • 165 x 235 x 8mm | 152g
  • Chalford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 120
  • 1445645386
  • 9781445645384

About George Sheeran

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. He is the owner of the Meanwood Park archive. Mark lives in Haworth, Bradford the home of the Bronte sisters.
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