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Royal Albert Hospital, Lancaster, UK, 26 March, 2005

Every Lancaster resident is aware of the disused hospital, but it wasn't until researching this text that I discovered it opened in 1870 as the 'Royal Albert Asylum for Idiots and Imbeciles of the Northern Counties'. By modern standards, that's an astonishing name.
By 1885, 600 patients occupied the 'E'-shaped building, which had been designed by prominent local architects Paley & Austin. The central tower cost £5000, donated by Sir Titus Salt.

I've no idea when it ceased to be an asylum, but use of the hospital declined in the 1990s, and the listed building was sold in 1996 to become a private boarding school for Muslim girls.

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