William Hardcastle, a patient at West Riding Lunatic Asylum in Wakefield, Yorkshire. Photograph attributed to James Crichton-Browne, 1872.
- Crichton-Browne, James, 1840-1938.
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A bald man with a beard, identified as William Hardcastle, from Commercial Street, Morley, West Yorkshire. He was admitted to the West Riding Asylum in November, 1871, as a 42 year old married labourer. Several weeks earlier he had been knocked unconscious by a blow to the head from another man. His behaviour since had been erratic but it was his "doing his family duty" by beating his wife "for her own good" that appears to have triggered his committal to the Asylum. He was discharged recovered in June, 1872 shortly after this photograph was taken. -- records in the West Yorkshire Archive Service, Wakefield, Yorkshire, identified by David Scrimgeour, op. cit.
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