Building Cheddleton Asylum

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Date:1890 - 1899 (c.)

Description:The asylum at Cheddleton in Staffordshire was built to serve the Pottery towns and the area surrounding Leek.

Patients were referred to as "inmates", and anyone from people with a "mild affliction" such as hysteria, to a serious mental illness found themselves here.

However, it wasn't as austere as it sounds and patient care was excellent.

This image shows an extension being built around 1916.

Many First World War servicemen were brought here suffering from "shell-shock".

This image is included by kind permission of the Churnet Valley Railway.

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