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Mark Davis

Author, historian and award-winning photographer Mark Davis has earned a reputation as a documentarist with an acute social conscience. His fascination with the lost world of Victorian Britain is evidenced in an array of highly regarded books, most focusing on crime, deprivation and poverty.

His 11th book Necropolis, from Amberley Publishing, presents a photographic history of Undercliffe Cemetery, the vast 19th century graveyard and resting place of some of Bradford’s great and good. It is the latest expedition into the past by an individual whose all-seeing lens continues to put on record these forgotten corners of Victoriana.

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Voices from the Asylum: West Riding Pauper Lunatic Asylum

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Voices from the Asylum: West Riding Pauper Lunatic Asylum
ISBN:
1445621738
DATE PUBLISHED:
20/09/2013
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Author, historian and award-winning photographer Mark Davis has earned a reputation as a documentarist with an acute social conscience. His fascination with the lost world of Victorian Britain is evidenced in an array of highly regarded books, most focusing on crime, deprivation and poverty.

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Almost forgotten by time, tucked away beyond the sight of the passerby, there is a little piece of old England, which was for many years a forgotten wilderness. If it were not for a weather-beaten plaque on the gatepost few would realise that beyond the rusted gates there lies, in unmarked paupers' graves, 2,861 former patients of the once formidable Menston Asylum. To be admitted to a lunatic asylum in the nineteenth century was fraught with danger, and in many cases meant a life sentence hidden away from society. It is estimated as many as 30 per cent of the asylum population was incarcerated incorrectly and up until 1959 there was no form of appeal. Looking into the faces of the long dead, the forgotten former inmates of this once bustling institution, it is impossible not to feel a certain sadness at their plight. Abandoned by an intolerant society and their families these people all had one thing in common, when death came there was no one to shed a tear or collect their remains. They were given a pauper's funeral and forgotten, until now.

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