By Nigel Goose
According to basic assets and interviews with present citizens and up to date trustees, this good researched historical past lines the expansion and growth of Doughty’s clinic, an almshouse in Norwich, England, whereas reading some of the philanthropic projects and social guidelines in Britain as a complete. From the hospital’s origin on the bequest of the departed William Doughty in 1687 to its current situation, this list considers key features of the hospital’s improvement, together with its citizens, employees, monetary administration, and principles and laws. With chapters at the 18th, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries, this account makes a precious contribution to the background of social welfare.
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Rawcliffe, ‘Sickness and health’, in Rawcliffe and Wilson (eds), Medieval Norwich, Appendix to chapter 13, p. 325. After the Black Death it became an almshouse for respectable women. 56 Harper-Bill and Rawcliffe, ‘The religious houses’, p. 73; Rawcliffe, Hospitals of medieval Norwich, p. 164. 57 Rawcliffe, Hospitals of medieval Norwich, pp. 163–4. , ch. 3 and p. 165. See also C. B. Jewson, History of the Great Hospital Norwich (The Great Hospital: Norwich, 1966). 59 Rawcliffe, Hospitals of medieval Norwich, pp.
In emergency cases this rule was overlooked, but patients with incurable illnesses, or infectious illness, were turned away, as were those with mental problems. 61 The residents of Norwich engaged in more short-term, practical assistance too. During years of high food prices, such as 1720, 1756–7, 1766 and 1772, as well as during the French Wars (1793–1815), soup 54 Ibid. 55 Meeres, History of Norwich, p. 110; M. Winston, ‘The bethel at Norwich: an eighteenthcentury hospital for lunatics’, Medical History,Vol.
12 The precise date of completion is not recorded. Although Doughty had been very clear in his will about the procedure for the establishment and early governing of the hospital, the transition from governance by the original trustees to the Corporation of Norwich was not straightforward. Whether it took the executors longer to establish the almshouse than Doughty had expected, or whether they were reluctant to relinquish control, is unclear. In either case, the change in administration was by no means a smooth one.