Doctor Bodington's Lunatic Asylum
Dr George Bodington was an established General Practitioner in Erdington (Parish of Aston) Warwickshire, when he returned to Sutton Coldfield to devote himself to the care of the Mentally Sick. He became proprietor of the Driffold House Asylum in Maney. According to the 1851 census there were 11 Lunatic Patients at the Driffold Asylum with 6 Staff including his Wife, Ann and Daughter Mary.
In 1840 G. Bodington wrote a revolutionary paper entitled "An essay on the Treatment and Cure of Pulmonary Consumption" which changed ideas of this disease and its treatment.
He died in 1882 in his 83rd year in Sutton Coldfield.
Some of the area of the Driffold Asylum is now the site of Sutton Coldfield Odeon.
Midland Counties Asylum
founded 1873 at Knowle. Later became Middlefield Hall Hospital under the NHS. It was closed in 1992 and the building demolished.
Proposed new Asylum in Warwickshire for Idiots
The Committee appointed at the lasy sessions to consider the question of founding a new Asylum for Idiots has presented to the Court of Quarter Sessions for the County plans and estimates for the new building, which had been prepared under the guidance of Dr. Parsey, the medical superintendent of the county asylum. The estimate was £10,000. The purchase of the land has been completed for £1,500. The Committee recommended that the plans should be forwarded to the Commissioners in Lunacy for approval. The report was received and adopted. The site of the new building is close to the present asylum at Hatton.
Source: The Builder 1868 Vol XXVI .pp520 11th July 1868
Submitted by Alan Longbottom
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