18 April 2019

18th April, 1678 - John Evelyn visits new magnificent Bedlam


On 18th April, 1678, John Evelyn reported in his diary 'I went to see new Bedlam Hospital, magnificently built, and most sweetly placed in Moorfields, since the dreadful fire in London.'

Evelyn's diary has entries running from 1640 to 1706. According to wikipedia, at the start of 1674 governors decided to move Bedlam as "the Hospitall House of Bethlem is very olde, weake & ruinous and too small and streight for keepeing the greater number of lunaticks therein at present". 

So they had a magnificent new hospital built - designed by Robert Hooke.

Thankyou to Mental Health Timeline for the date.

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