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The Big House - The History of Shelton Hospital


The history of Shelton Hospital on the outskirts of Shrewsbury at Bicton Heath will be told in a new exhibition opening on 29th April and continuing until 24th July. The exhibition is supported by Shropshire Homes, which is redeveloping the Shelton Hospital into houses and apartments.

Custom built and opened in 1845, Shelton Hospital treated over 1,000 patients at its height.  Behind the asylum walls, the hospital was a self-sufficient community, with its own cricket and football sides, a band, a farm and even a brewery.

In September 2012, the hospital closed and its role has been taken over by a new mental health village built nearby. The Grade II listed building is now being converted into housing by Shropshire Homes.

This exhibition brings together some of the archival material, artefacts and memories collected as part of a heritage project during the hospital’s final days which aimed to record the long history of the site.

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