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7867


Gateshead


Sheriff Hill, Gateshead High Fell Lunatic Asylum


Sheriff Hill


NZ26SE


Health and Welfare


Hospital


Psychiatric Hospital


Early Modern


C19


Documentary Evidence


Known locally as Kent's Asylum. The "mad" brother of John Martin, British painter, was confined here for three years in 1817, after he threatened to shoot the Bishop of Oxford, Edward Legge, who was holding a confirmation for the Bishop of Durham in Stockton Parish Church. Martin escaped from the roof of the asylum in 1820, but was quickly recaptured, only to escape a second time, when he was given his liberty. In February 1829, he set fire to York Minster. He was arrested and tried at York Castle and was declared not guilty on the grounds of insanity. He was sent to St. Luke's Hospital, where he died in 1838.


2635


5604


NZ26355604



D. Lumley, 1932, The Story of Gateshead Town - From the earliest age to the mid Victorian, p 125 - 126

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