The Retreat Hospital, Heslington Road, York

The Retreat Hospital, Heslington Road, York
Photograph taken 04 June 2002 © Mr Martin Roberts. Source Historic England Archive ref: 463576

This building was built as a mental hospital (lunatic asylum). It was built in 1793-97 by John Bevans of London for The Society of Friends (Quakers). The hospital gained an early reputation throughout Europe for its humane treatment of the insane. Quaker asylums in America were modelled on it.

Location

York York

Period

Georgian (1714 - 1836)

Tags

medicine mental health welfare hospital asylum Georgian (1714 - 1836)