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Salop & Montgomery Lunatic Asylum

The Counties Lunatic Asylum for Salop and Montgomery at Bicton Heath, near Shrewsbury, is a building in the Elizabethan style, and was opened in 1845, since which considerable additions have been made up to the year 1884, at a total cost of 158,000, and the Asylum will now hold 800 patients.

The additions comprise a wing at each side, laundry, dining hall, workshops, mortuary chapel and a lodge, from designs by the late Mr. Thomas Groves, erected at a cost of over 70,000. 35 acres, well cultivated, are attached to the building. 

Asylum Staff 1900
Arthur Strange M.D. Medical Superintendent
Alan Rigden L.R.C.P.Lond., M.R.C.S.Eng., Assistant Medical Officer
Henry Beveridge Smith M.B., C.M. Assisstant Medical Officer
Rev. John Thomas Burton Wollaston Chaplain
William Baxter Clerk to the Visiting Justices
William Johnson Clerk to the Asylum


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Castle Gates, 
Shrewsbury SY1 2AQ 
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