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Images in Psychiatry Am J Psychiatry 155:4, April 1998 The West Riding Pauper Lunatic Asylum I n the year 1808 the British Parliament passed an Act requiring all counties to establish an asylum for the care of the insane. The asylum in Yorkshire, the West Riding Pauper Lunatic Asylum, was opened in 1818 at Stanley, near the city of Wakefield. In 1930, an- other Act discontinued the official use of the terms “asylum” and “lunatic.” Between 1808 and 1930, a series of remarkable directors led to the initiation of research and teaching that was unequaled in Britain. A museum of the era has been established in the hospital, now called Stanley Royd Hospital. A full account of the history and char- acters has been written by A.L. Ashworth in Stanley Royd Hospital, Wakefield, One Hundred and Fifty Years: A History (London, Ber- rico Publicity Co., 1975), and the following is a précis of that account. The first Director, William Ellis, was destined to achieve the first
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