Grumpy old fart!!!

"If you talk to God you're religious. If God talks to you, you're psychotic."

Mary Ann Whitmarsh

Mary Ann Whitmarsh
Newspaper Seller, Shepton Mallet, Somerset.
Mary Ann was admitted to the Asylum on February 24th 1914, a widow aged 66, suffering with Dementia.
Her height was recorded as being 5ft.
She was described as “Disorientated and Demented”
Answers every question by saying; “I don’t know or I can’t”
She is somewhat deaf, both arms have bruises and she is very dirty.
Neighbours of Garston Street, Shepton Mallet say she has long been vacant in manner and expression and that she scours the streets collecting scraps of paper. Does not take any care of her person or her house and resists help.
Neighbours in Garston Street say she constantly talks of seeing her dead husband and had been very much affected by his death.
Mary’s husband, William, aged 77, one of the last Somerset Velvet Weavers, was knocked down and killed in September 1912, by an express train, while crossing the railway at Barren Down, Shepton Mallet.
July 24th 1914
She is dull and vacant when addressed. Potters aimlessly about and mutters to herself. Has to be washed and dressed and would spend her day in bed if she had access to the dormitories.
January 10th 1916
When addressed by staff she stares vacantly or mutters something unintelligible. Lost and bewildered. Has no knowledge of her position and pays no attention to what goes on around her.
Cardiac action is poor, health failing.
April 18th 1916
Impossible to examine her as she is resistive. In bed with a feverish cold. She is very difficult taking her food.
April 25th 1916
She gradually failed and died today in the presence of Nurse Rosina Williams.
Cause of death: Cerebral Hemorrhage.
Mary died aged 68 and is buried in the Mendip Hospital Cemetery F221
Rest in peace Mary

Graham Fagan

March 7, 2023 Posted by | Social History, Uncategorized | , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Central London Sick Asylum c1900

Someone was kind enough to share this picture with me after posting, Central London Sick Asylum c1900 which I bought at a postcards fair,

the Dr and Matron are in both, the person sharing said a relative worked there in the early 1900’s,

it’s always good to be able to add some context to social history postcards that often don’t even have an individual’s name noted.



September 6, 2020 Posted by | Deltiology, Social History, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Murder By Lunatic – The Illustrated Police News – Thursday 11th July 1918




At Bishop’s Lydeard, Somerset, Ellen Nichols, inmate of Somerset Lunatic Asylumat Cotford, was charged with having murdered another Inmate named Emily Fleming.

It was stated that prisoner had been in the asylum for six years, and during the whole the time there was constant record of violence by her against nurses and patients. During paroxysms she was isolated in a single room, and when so isolated Emily Fleming, a restless patient, wandered along the corridor and into the room, where she was attacked by the prisoner, who, holding her by the hair, banged her head the floor until she became unconscious, and inflicted a contused wound, 2½ in. long, on the back of the skull.

The injured woman never recovered consciousness, and died on May 6.

Prisoner was remanded to prison in order that she might be certified under the Criminal Lunatic Acts prior to removal to Broadmoor.


The Illustrated Police News – Thursday 11th July 1918


July 15, 2018 Posted by | Social History, Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Lennox House


Salem Secrets

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No triage needed

No triage needed

Not too sure just what the Reasons for admission were but it looks like it could be a long stay 😮

Forever Nightfall

February 24, 2017 Posted by | Risqué, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments