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Brockhall - A Memorial to the dead | by Tony Worrall
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Brockhall - A Memorial to the dead

© 2012 Tony Worrall

 

In an isolated institution located to the north east of this stone there lived from 1904

to 1992 a large number of people who were thought to be too strange, too difficult or

too challenging to be cared for in their own communities. The institution in turn was

called Lancashire Inebriates Reformatory (1904) Brockhall Hospital for Mental

Defectives (1915) Brockhall Hospital for the Mentally Subnormal (1959) Brockhall

Hospital for Mentally Handicapped People (1974) and Brockhall Hospital for People

with Learning Disabilities (1991). Although those who lived there carried heavier

burdens than most they were part of our common family.

Brockhall Hospital closed its doors in 1992 and the land on which it stood was acquired by

Gerald Shimon Hitman of Newcastle upon Tyne who raised this stone as a memorial to those

who ended their days in the hospital and are buried here. God full of compassion grant

perfect rest beneath the shelter of your presence to these your children who have gone

to their eternal home. Master of mercy, cover them in the shelter of your wings

forever and bind their souls into the gathering of life. It is the Lord who is their

heritage. May they be at peace in their place of rest.

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Taken on September 22, 2012