An amazing list of actual reasons for admission into the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum from the late 1800s.

An amazing list of actual reasons for admission into the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum from the late 1800s.

An amazing list of actual reasons for admission into the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum from the late Crazzzzy! I would ve admitted for at leqst ine reason:laziness

The workhouse..."some would rather die than go there.."

Mental-Asylums-In-Victorian-Era.Do you really think there were this many real mental patients? Remember this was just one Asylum. I wonder how many were committed for various reasons, just to get rid of them.

The Poor Law Act, 1601, allowed parishes to levy a poor rate on householders, which could then be distributed to the needy of that parish by an appointed overseer. By the 18th century, neighbouring parishes were beginning to work together, some even sharing a building in which they could house their old, sick and orphaned poor, thus saving on individual payments for rent and food. The ‘workhouse test’ was introduced in 1723 allowing overseers to withhold

The Poor Law Act, allowed parishes to levy a poor rate on householders…

Poplar workhouse, c.1902

An old workhouse looms in the distance. When the poor entered the workhouses, families would be separated, many never to see one another again, as well known, charlie chaplin grew up within one of these horrible places

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