Tyne and Wear HER(7868): Wrekenton, Lunatic Asylum - Details
Wrekenton, Lunatic Asylum
Health and Welfare
Established by Jacob Gowland in 1825. Known locally as "The Cottage Asylum". The grounds were enclosed by a high wall with a large iron gate. Inmates were housed in cottages. The men and women were taken out daily for exercise or to work in the fields. They frequently begged for cakes and tobacco.
D. Lumley, 1932, The Story of Gateshead Town - From the earliest age to the mid Victorian, p 126