item RET/8/8/1 - Handbill on the projected new House of Recovery [Manchester], c 1803

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Handbill on the projected new House of Recovery [Manchester], c 1803


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This is a report by the House of Recovery Committee about the sums required, necessity for the institution, and how it will work

The first Manchester House of Recovery was opened in 1796, and was an innovative attempt to treat fever by isolating cases in a fever hospital - or house of recovery. It was established by the equally innovative Manchester Board of Health, an organisation set up by local doctors and others to institute health measures, of which the fever hospital was the most important. This handbill exhorts financial help to replace the House of Recovery with a second larger one. This was completed in 1803 with 100 beds

It is not clear why this handbill is in The Retreat archive, but The Retreat may have been circulated with this request for funding


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A digitised copy of this reference is available via the Wellcome Collection and can be accessed here:

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See also item relating to another Manchester institution, the Manchester Lunatic Asylum at RET 8/2/4/1, and for another Manchester item see RET 8/8/2

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