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Before 1995 – The Psychiatric Hospital

Photo supplied by Jane Hinton

The opportunity to develop Cotford St Luke arose from the closure of the NHS Tone Vale Hospital in 1995.  The following is a brief summary of the hospital’s existence.

Under the name Somerset and Bath Asylum, it admitted its first patients in 1897.  It continued in various ways as a psychiatric hospital for patients across Somerset until March 1995 when it was closed as a result of the policy  ‘Care in the Community’.


Over time it developed into more than simply a hospital – it comprised a working farm, landscaped grounds with an impressive collection of trees, with homes for senior administrative staff; a home for the nurses; a staff clubhouse; large ball room used for major local events; and a chapel.   There is also a burial ground, today marked by an engraved stone placed there at the request of the Cotford St Luke Community Association.

Photo supplied by Jane HintonThe main hospital building comprised a central administrative section with two wings, one for male the other for female patients – keeping the sexes separate.  This segregation extended to the chapel; attendance was compulsory with segregation imposed by separate entrances for men and women.  At its peak the hospital cared for over 1,300 patients.

Photo supplied by Jane HintonThe hospital is remembered today through Cotford St Luke’s roads that are named after its staff.   Its first medical superintendent was Dr Henry Aveline whose names appears in Aveline Court; others are remembered through Venn Close, Bethell Mead, Stutts end, Needhams Patch and so on.


The book The Tone Vale Story: A Century of Care,[14] edited by David Hinton and Fred Clarke gives an account of the hospital’s history.  A more personal and unflattering account is to be found in The Light in My Mind, the memoir of Joyce Passmore.  There is also a detailed entry in

Photo supplied by Jane Hinton

Upcoming Events

7:30 pm Event Youth Club @ St Lukes Centre
Event Youth Club @ St Lukes Centre
Jan 24 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
EVENT Youth Club Time: 7:30 to 9:00pm once a month on Fridays during term time. Age: Secondary School years 10 to 11 Cost: £1 entrance What is it: A youth club   All event details are provided to[...]
10:00 am Family Church @ St Luke's Centre
Family Church @ St Luke's Centre
Jan 26 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Family Church Cotford St Luke church welcomes all people, from all age groups. We are led by a Church of England Vicar (Rev. Preb Alison Norris). Our style is informal, welcoming and serving. We meet[...]
6:30 pm Badminton @ Community Hall
Badminton @ Community Hall
Jan 27 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
6:30 pm Karate Club @ Community Hall
Karate Club @ Community Hall
Jan 27 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
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10:00 pm Baby Group @ St Luke's Centre
Baby Group @ St Luke's Centre
Jan 27 @ 10:00 pm – 11:30 pm
5:30 pm Brownies @ St Luke's Centre
Brownies @ St Luke's Centre
Jan 28 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Brownies in Cotford St Luke is held on Tuesdays in term time, in the small village hall. Brownies starts at 5:30pm and finishes at 7pm, and is for girls aged 7 to 10 years old.[...]
2:00 pm Toddler Church @ St Luke's Centre
Toddler Church @ St Luke's Centre
Jan 30 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Toddler Church Time: 2.15pm to 3.15pm every Thursday during term time Age: Babies, Pre-school toddlers, parents, grandparents, carers and guardians are all very welcome Cost: Free (donations for tea/coffee and pennies towards a charity we[...]

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