Haunting portraits of patients at Victorian asylum emerge 100 years after Lancashire facility closed

Mail Online | 12/31/1969 | Zoie O\
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Haunting portraits from inside a 'lunatic asylum' at the turn of the 20th Century have emerged, showing the men and women who were locked away from the public.

Striking shots of the patients in Prestwich Asylum - otherwise known as the Lancashire Lunatic Asylum - are allowing a look back in time at the so-called 'patients' of the controversial Manchester facility.

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Taken between 1900 to 1901, the photos reveal the forgotten past of Prestwich Asylum- which was once the largest Victorian asylum in Europe.

The men and women in the Victorian portraits were diagnosed with a range of mental illnesses, although some were held for more peculiar reasons.

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James Scott, 53, who believed he was “chief king of the world” according to his accompanying medical notes - is pictured, as well as Leah Savage, 40, who suffered from delusions.

Yet forty-year-old Williams Meeks who was simply diagnosed with ‘overwork’.

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Prestwich Asylum was opened in January 1851 in Prestwich, Greater Manchester and was originally designed to accommodate 500 patients.

But in 1863, it...
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