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  1. There might be a picture but to be honest I doubt it. As for a "diagnosis" sometimes it would be terminology not in use today or it might be very vague. I've seen records from the 1900s etc where they are shown to have been admitted due to being worried or nervous. I've seen records which give kids diagnosis as stupid or docile even lazy.
  2. darra

    Hinde House Comprehensive

    I always thought she was as wickerman said Persian.
  3. https://www.sheffield.gov.uk/home/libraries-archives/access-archives-local-studies-l Mental health The history of mental health provision in South Yorkshire from the late 19th century is largely told by the history of Middlewood Hospital (formerly South Yorkshire Lunatic Asylum) which was established in Sheffield in 1872. The records of Middlewood Hospital (1872 – 1996) are at Sheffield Archives. These include patient admission registers dating back to 1872 which list the names of the many thousands of people who passed through the asylum, detailing ages, occupations and ‘causes of insanity’. The names of all patients admitted to Middlewood Hospital between 1872 and 1910 have been transcribed and can be searched using our indexes.
  4. At the trust, I worked for I don't think they were microfiched but they were stored electronically. As you can imagine it was/is a mammoth task .
  5. Accessing records varies around the country. the trust I worked for would allow access in some cases I think not sure how much they charged if anything. I heard of some trusts charging around £80. I know of somebody who managed to access their records but once they had been ok'd by the trust and consultant there was more stuff blacked out (censored) and unreadable than readable. The problem these days is trusts could be wary because of the where there's blame there's a claim culture.
  6. Might be difficult as they would be confidential so you would probably need his permission to access them also they might have been destroyed. I may be wrong in this but I think they are only kept for around 10 years. My guess is that the only thing you might find out is why he was admitted and even then the names of many diagnoses have changed over the years .for instance what was known as manic depression is now known as Bi-Polar.
  7. darra

    The way things used to be .

    farleys are still available
  8. darra

    Hinde House Comprehensive

    Doc Martin Biology , Mr White RE were a couple of other teachers
  9. darra

    Hinde House Comprehensive

    Remember Mr Hill, Mr Powell and Holmes but not Mrs Merryweather
  10. Remember some of those names don't know where any of them are though. Suspect some may no longer be with us sadly
  11. darra

    Who Remembers The Wapentake?

    My Uncle lived on Fichtes Strasse He would be well into his 80's now. He once one the champion beer drinker of Germany. The competition was in a bar that sold be from pretty much very corner of the world. He had to blind taste them and say what they were and where from he also played Kegel for Germany. My opa was indeed the headmaster of the Schule in Hover and we stayed in the house opposite the school. We used to get the boat train from Sheffield (Midland) in the early days to Harwich then the overnight ferry to the Hoek van Holland then on to Hannover. Lot different in the early days. get off the train then hand the tickets to a bloke sat in what was basically a garden shed then on to the customs. Cars in those days were loaded on to the boats by crane, great to watch as a young kid.
  12. darra

    Hinde House Comprehensive

    I remember it well it was an old rickety old thing. Was at a wedding at the weekend of a couple of old school friends and the discussion got around to whether there was a school horse at Hinde House. People thought me and Ian were mad when we said there was and that it used to live in a paddock with an old railway wagon as a stable. Anybody else remember it? Must have been around the late 60s early 70s
  13. darra

    Who Remembers The Wapentake?

    I have got an uncle who lives in Lehrte. My grandad was the headmaster of the school in Hover. We used to spend the 6 weeks holidays there. Look forward to reading your posts
  14. There were some sad stories there. I remember a woman who had been a fashion model before becoming ill. Apparently she had been jilted at the alter or something and her life literally fell apart.
  15. I worked and trained at Middlewood. There were as you say, women who were sent there because they became pregnant when unmarried and forgotten about. As a result there were men and women who had been born there and never left so never diagnosed as being mentally ill.

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