Home Farm in the 1920s. The buildings in the background later became the occupational therapy workshops.

Most asylums were based in peaceful rural settings which undoubtedly aided recovery, the only difficulty was for the visitors trying to get transport to the hospital!

Lots of the patients at St Audry’s worked on the hospital farm or in the gardens and would have needed sturdy outdoor clothes and hobnail boots.  Kirkman says of the hospital farm:

“Many (patients) who have been sent home to their friends or families must attribute their recovery to a great extent to their bodily health being promoted by labouring out of doors; theirs is every reason for appreciating the value of our farm both to the patients and to the institution.”  (50th annual report,1888)