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Report Book

Loose in the book is a letter from J.B. Atkinson, architect, to Retreat Committee, re. lowest tenders for lodge and gates, let him know if a committee meeting the next day

Papers relating to Mary Anne McAllum

Legal papers in matter of her lunacyPatient no. 1608, in Retreat 1887 - 1906 (died). Age 55 on admission, non-Quaker, widowed, no occupation, from Hull. Acute mania

Papers relating to Mary Catlin

5 small account books detailing her purchases, 1833 - 1849; writings by her, comprising 1 paper and 4 commonplace books, undated, c. 1840s; letter by her to her niece, 1855; printed notice of death of J.J. Gurney of Earlham, Norwich, 1847; 33 bill...

Papers relating to Robert Taylor

Memorandum bookThis is part diary, part commonplace book, with notes on religious topicsPatient no. 1121, in Retreat 1867 - 1870 (died). Age 57 on admission, Quaker, single, gentleman, of York. Religious melancholia, caused by paralysis

Papers relating to Elizabeth (Eliza) Pryor

Commonplace book, including loose papers and a letter to herPatient no. 685, in Retreat 1843 - 1871 (died). Age 33 on admission, Quaker, married, wife of umbrella manufacturer, from Islington, London. Melancholia and excitement

Papers relating to Joseph Rowntree (1836 - 1925)

Joseph Rowntree was a member of The Retreat Committee 1863 - 1905, and was for many years ChairmanThese are items produced after the death of Joseph Rowntree in 1925. They comprise the following:1. A special issue of the Cocoa Works Magazine about...

150th Anniversary Celebrations

The Retreat celebrated its 150th anniversary in 1946 in a variety of high profile events and publications.The main celebration was held at the Retreat on 11 May 1946, with a programme of tree planting, and celebratory speeches which were later rep...

File: BBC Broadcasts

Correspondence and papers relating to service from Friends Meeting House, York, and BBC play, 'The Walls are Down', a study of a kleptomaniac and his care in a mental hospital

Case Book Males

Alphabetically arranged.Note that the case notes for three male patients, which should have been filed in this case book have been erroneously filed within RET 6/5/1/25. The three male patients are: Francis Joseph Latham, Anselm Parker and Frank S...

Case Book Females

Alphabetically arranged.Note that this volume also includes case notes for three male patients, which have been erroneously filed within this volume rather than in RET 6/5/1/24A. The three male patients are: Francis Joseph Latham, Anselm Parker an...


The Retreat rented properties on the Yorkshire coast for some years with the purpose of allowing patients annual holidays. It was decided in the 1880s to rent or purchase a property to have a year round convalescent home which could also be used f...

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