Bootham Park Hospital

at 32 Bootham Crescent, York United Kingdom

Bootham Park Hospital
32 Bootham Crescent
United Kingdom
Contact Phone
P: +44 (0) 1904 610777


Bootham Park Hospital was a psychiatric hospital, most recently part of Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys Foundation NHS Trust. It is located in the Bootham district of York, England, and is a Grade I listed building.HistoryIn 1772, Robert Hay Drummond, the Archbishop of York, decided along with "twenty-four Yorkshire gentlemen" to establish an asylum, called the 'County Lunatic Asylum, York'. A committee was established, and the architect John Carr was co-opted with a pledge of 25 guineas. Carr's patron, the Marquis of Rockingham, pledged 100 guineas, and a total of £2,500 was subscribed. By July 1773, £5,000 had been promised, and Carr's scheme to accommodate 54 patients was approved on 25 August. The building was completed in 1777. The name of the building was later changed to Bootham Park Hospital.Criticism about the handling of inmates and the death of Hannah Mills led the local Quaker community to found, in 1790, a new asylum known as The Retreat.The hospital owns the only known portrait of "mayor" of Garrat, Sir Jeffrey Dunstan (c.1759–1796), (artist unknown).Recent useBootham Park Hospital housed two acute admission wards, one for women and another for men. It also has an elderly assessment unit for people over 65 needing mental health assessment and care. The Intensive Home Treatment Team is also based at the hospital together with other community services and management. On 25 April 2014, it was announced that Bootham Park Hospital was to be closed, and a new hospital built in York.

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