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The Friday Photo – All Saints Mental Asylum

Posted January 10th, 2014 by Tracey Thorne with 6 Comments

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My first Friday photo for 2014 is of All Saints Mental Asylum -often called Winson Green Asylum. It was opened in 1845 in response to new laws requiring provision of asylums to house the so called poor lunatics. The Asylum was run by the Birmingham Lunatic Asylum Committee in 1845 to 1948 and then it was run as an NHS services 2001.


6 Responses to “The Friday Photo – All Saints Mental Asylum”

  1. Debbie November 2, 2020

    My great grandfather died in this hospital at the young age of 32. I know very little about this side of my family as my grandfather, his child also died quite young. Does anyone know how I may get more information on him? His name was Albert Wilcox and he died in 1943.


  2. ann March 18, 2019

    my mom was in all saints hospital in 1969,my granma, and uncle took me and my little brother. I have bad flash backs about it.the outside was beautiful, but the inside was scary for adult,let alone a six and five year old,


  3. Susan Holmes (nee Spencer) March 12, 2016

    My parents Matthew Hirst Spencer and Matilda Spencer (nee Lister) served on the staff of All Saints before the 1940s and into the 1950s/60s/and 70s. They met at the hospital and were married in B’ham in 1940. Matilda gave up full-time nursing, retiring as a ward sister, in 1947 when the children came along. Matthew served in the RAF as a nurse during the war and returned to nurse at All Saints afterwards, rising to become Deputy Chief Male Nurse. He remained at All Saints until his death, aged 59yrs, in 1975. Does anyone know of these two nurses or can tell me where I can search for staff records at the hospital? Your help would be gratefully received as the family are marking 100yrs this year since the birth of both Matthew and Matilda and I am trying to compile details of their lives.


    • Ann Lloyd June 7, 2020

      Both your parents are listed on the 1939 Register at the hospital but I haven’t been able to uncover any staff records so far…still looking..

      Ann Lloyd


  4. SARA JONES August 26, 2014

    My great grandfather Samuel Lamb was an inmate here from 1912 although I’m unable to find out when he was discharged. It’s such a grand building.


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