Asylum Gates and Tavern, Caterham


This postcard was sent by Mary to her sister in 1905. Mary says she will only be able to say when she is coming home to Cransley, near Kettering, after Jack arrives.

The tavern in Caterham is still there, although now called the New Caterham Arms, and possibly rebuilt in part. On 27th August 1975 an IRA bomb exploded  injuring many, including soldiers from Caterham Barracks, next to the asylum. Nurses from the Asylum ran out to help.

The Asylum is no longer there but you can see the gate posts with a memorial plaque. On the postcard there are a gathering of people inside and outside the gates of the Asylum. The postcard is hand tinted.

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