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Napsbury Main Administration Block

If the photographs and information on the site bring back any memories about any of the mental hospitals or people connected with them, please click on the link to ‘add a comment’ at the bottom of each page, to add your information.

This page was added on 07/12/2009.

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  • Hello I am trying to find out some information about Annie Dudley who was in Napsbury Hospital the year of 1909, I believe she was pregnant when she went in and the baby was born while she was in there. The baby being my father Cyril Dudley I have tried to get his birth certificate but it can’t be found on the date he said his birthday was. Annie was committed because of epilepsy and latter died in Severall asylum Cholchester . Her death was not recorded for 8 days so I’m wondering if my fathers birth was ever registered. dose anyone know how I can find out what happen to babies born in the hospital. I did find him living with a sick nurse with another baby on the 1911 census at thached Cottage . Would there be records on Annie still in existance.
    Shirley Howell Australia

    By Shirley Howell (05/09/2020)
  • Hi Shirley
    Thanks for your message. One of the archivists at Herts Archives & Local Studies will be replying to advise you further. [Ed.]

    By Marion Hill (15/12/2020)
  • Hi, I wish to contact one of your contributors Nina Patrinas, regarding a former resident at Napsbury, Gladys May Hall of whom I have a few brief memories – Ian Osborne, iwj42@hotmail.co.uk, thanks.

    By Ian Osborne (10/06/2020)
  • The site is very interesting and the historical value immense. The fact you say ‘out of sight, out of mind’ may be harsh however as when I lived in one of these hospitals as a researcher, it was clear that some patients were better off and happier when the state looked after them and were not just ‘medicated’ and shoved into the mostly crueller outside world. For some I saw myself, needed constant help and support and were happier inside the facility instead of outside. The proof to add is that prison populations of mentally ill people in 2014 is rising even faster. Is it better in a hospital as a patient or better in a prison cell as a criminal?

    By Mr Magoo (05/03/2014)