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The Isle of Wight Lunatic Asylum was renamed the Isle of Wight Mental Hospital about 1930

1919 onwards

"The annual reports indicate a steady evolution of the hospital; patients were allowed out with friends at weekends, or were taken out by the staff; the kitchens ware improved; the hospital was recognised as a training school for female and male nurses and a Sister Tutor was appointed."

"... the staff had been increased - there were by 1925 five male charge nurses and 13 male attendants, six female charge nurses and 29 other nurses, and 10 nurses were certified as Registered Mental Nurses"

"Occupational classes had been started, directed by women under the Matron; the women taught handiwork such as raffia work, cane tray making, basket making and knitting. Men as before worked on the farm or in the tailor's or carpenter's shop or the Engineering Department. It was hoped to start an occupational class for men soon"

"In this year [1925] the total cost of wages and salaries was £8,150 and of provisions £4,580. The hospital kitchens had been improved and all food for private patients was now cooked in these kitchens, not in separate kitchens in the private block; but a deputation from the Board of Guardians complained that the food there in the private block was never hot and advised some system of keeping it hot. The hospital now was overcrowded to the extent of 24 patients"

Before 1932: "Some out-patient work had already been established by Dr Erskine, who visited and advised on patients with general Practitionars"

1932 onwards

"... soon after he came, Dr Davies-Jones was able to initiate an Out-patient Clinic once a week at Ryde Hospital, and shortly before this he had a Mental Welfare Clinic which also became a Child Guidance service at County Hall"

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Whitecroft - Thes pictures, taken before January 2003, were on the website of a group planning to develop Whitecoft.

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September 2004 tour of Whitecroft on the Abandoned Buildings website

Guidelines for re-development approved in 1988 and re-conformed in 2002 say that the clock tower must be retained. The Rhodes/Tennyson block, the main entrance block, the administration building and Thompson House are all considered suitable and in some cases desirable to retain for re-use. Access should be from the existing west corner of the site and not via Sandy Lane from Blackwater.

The Rhodes/Tennyson block is, I believe, the block originally constructed for private patients. If I read the document correctly, the black areas on the plan (below) are the buildings for possible retention, listed above. I think the Rhodes/Tennyson block is the black building furthest to the left.

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Aerial view of Whitecroft Hospital. "Thompson House is on the right". "Tennyson Ward is at the side of the drive leading up to the central buildings and clock tower". Just south of this (Left hand side of the drive) there is "the Occupational Therapy building and the laundry". [Which, I take it, is identified by the chimney] From other text, it appears the building on the south of the site is the nurses home. The photograph ("Courtesy: Mr J. Lewis (and others?)) is on page 96 of Laidlaw 1994

The map, probably about 1890, shows the area north and south of Newport. It includes Parkhurst Prison, the Union Workhouse and (south of Newport) the farm at Whitecroft that was about to become the site of the new Isle of Wight Lunatic Asylum.

To the north east of Newport is New Fairlee, where the Mew children spent their summer holidays

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