Wilhelimina D Family Story: Part Two
Wilhelmina D was admitted to Brockhall in March 1921, and in December 1921 she appears to have been transferred to Calderstones. This had only been opened that year as a learning disability institution.
Calderstones had been designed as an asylum for people with mental illness. However, that never happened as it became a war hospital during World War One – converting to an institution for people with learning disabilities in 1921. (For more information on the history of Calderstones please click here.)
Wilhelmina D’s case file in Lancashire Archives reveals correspondence between her family and the authorities during the autumn of 1921 and early 1922:
In September 1921 there is a letter from Wilhelmina’s family to Brockhall, asking about her wellbeing and requesting to come and visit.
Then on January 19th 1922 there is a letter from Wilhelmina’s father to the Lancashire Mental Deficiency Act Committee concerned about the difficulty in getting information about his daughter
The father’s letter (of January 19th 1922) was then forwarded to the Medical Superintendent at Calderstones by the Lancashire Mental Deficiency Act Committee. In this letter dated January 20th 1922 the committee instructed the Medical Superintendent to respond to Wilhelmina’s father concerns.
On January 21st 1922, the Medical Superintendent wrote a letter directly to Wilhelmina’s father.
Then from February of that year Wilhelmina’s mother and father petitioned for her return to their family home in Charlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester. To find out about this please go to ‘I as her mother want her home’.