Following my post earlier this week about Burntwood Asylum – latterly St .Matthews Hospital – I have been bowled over by the response of readers to what I thought might be a taboo subject. From reader responses – including some excellent work by Paul Ford, of Walsall Local History Centre – it seems I have much reading to do and there is more information on the subject the now long-gone facility about than I thought. In the meantime, I pulled the excellent and fascinating book ‘This Won’t Hurt: A History of the Hospitals of Lichfield‘ by Mary Hutchinson, Ingrid Croot and Anna Sadowski (ISBN 978-0-9565225-0-4) off the shelf and thought I’d share some of the images with readers. The book is still widely available from outlets in Lichfield at the very reasonable price of around seven quid – I bought mine from the St. Mary’s Heritage Centre, but I think Smiths also have it.
Please buy a copy, it’s brilliant. My thanks to the authors.