BOOK LAUNCH: A Victorian Asylum by Ian Wheeler, Cholsey Pavilion, Saturday 30th May, from 2.30pm

From Ian Wheeler:

Twelve years after Fair Mile finally closed its doors to patients and staff, I am pleased to announce that my history of the former asylum will be published in May. Given the long and deep association between Cholsey and this caring institution, which began its life in 1870 as the Moulsford Asylum, this was a book that demanded to be written. Because of my various family links with the hospital, making it a reality has been something of a labour of love and a rewarding challenge.

Adding to a great deal of information contributed by family members, local residents and former members of staff, searching the asylum’s archives has produced an extensively illustrated account of its foundation, development, heyday and decline. I hope readers will find much to inform and entertain in its pages—although there remains so much more that might one day be told of all the thousands of skilled professionals, rank and file employees, nurses and patients who took the worthy ambitions of the hospital’s Victorian founding fathers and turned them into real achievements.

Fair Mile Hospital: a Victorian Asylum will be launched at the Cholsey Pavilion in Station Road on Saturday 30th May, with the proceedings starting at 2.30pm. There will be displays of photographs and artefacts and books for sale at a special price. Everyone is invited and, if you would like to reserve a copy, you can do so by calling or emailing me. For anyone unable to attend, the book will be obtainable from me while I have stock, or through all good book stores.

Ian Wheeler: