Hello and welcome to my Three Counties Asylum website.


On this site you will find a wealth of information regarding the old Victorian asylum,

Three Counties Asylum (later known as Fairfield Hospital )Still stands proud on the Arlesey / Stotfold border.

It is the only complete surviving example of a Victorian Asylum that I know of in Great Britain,

It  was designed in the wonderful gothic romantic style by George Fowler Jones

It was built by William Webster of Boston Lincolnshire


Most people living in and around the local area will have a connection with Three Counties Asylum


First and foremost it has been a place of patient care.

For nearly 140 years it was operating as a psychiatric hospital to care and treat the thousands of patients that  passed through its doors.

It was also a place of employment and employed many local people as well as people from all over the world


People in their hundreds and thousands would visit Fairfield hospital in the summer for the summer fetes

  In the 1970's and 1980's top DJs like Ed Stewpot and stars of Coronation Street attending in 82

I believe it was Bill Roache who plays Ken Barlow and Pat Phoenix who played Elsie Tanner


The grounds of the Asylum played host to many sports such as cricket, bowls, badminton and football

There was also a very popular social club where many of the staff would let off steam after a hard day


All life and death took place at Three counties even murder and many strange deaths


So you see the hospital has touched so many lives over so many years in so many ways.


Locally we were very concerned that the old place would be demolished when it closed its doors in 1999

thankfully it was saved and the outside restored to its former glory and the inside turned into luxury apartments The Bannatyne’s Health Club and the relaxing ambience of the Brasserie compliment well with the refurbishment.



    Click on the Radio Fairfield logo to visit the website


Three Counties Asylum/Three Counties Hospital/Fairfield Hospital  Memorabilia

Anything you may have that you wish to sell please let us know

Telephone Richard in the Evenings on 01462 630912 or e.mail rich@threecountiesasylum.co.uk

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Please e.mail for permission or any other enquiry,  rich@threecountiesasylum.co.uk





For the last few months we have been writing articles featuring the Three Counties Asylum

These  articles are being published in the excellent local magazine On The Button

This is a free magazine available in many local shops libraries supermarkets etc

Many of you who view this site obviously can not pick up a copy  so we have put a link to the articles here, They start in February , issue number 30

Please take a look, I hope you find them interesting and  enjoyable





Click on the photo above to see what is new this month and to enter the Wards



Three Counties Asylum 155th Anniversary Celebration Day Sunday 28th June 2015.

Dont forget folks to come along to the Three Counties Asylum/ Fairfield Hospital Celebration Day ,

Held  on Sunday 28th June at the Stotfold Memorial Hall, It is a free entree event starting at 10 am until 4 pm

It promises to be a very interesting day with all avenues of the history of the old asylum  explored and catered for, from Asylum memorabilia, photographs, historical records, music, sport and drama and not forgetting cakes and refreshments  by the First Fairfield Scout group!

Please bring down your memorabilia and photographs as we would love to see what you have or just come along and chat about Fairfield

On the day there will be...


The Richard Knight and Rosalyn knight Three Counties Asylum Artefacts Collection


The Bedford Museum Three Counties Asylum Artefacts Collection, This is only the second time in 39 years that these artefacts will  have been on display, the first time was with us in 2010 when we put on the 150th anniversary day.


The Bedford Records And Archives Three Counties Asylum Records Collection, Was your relative in the asylum as a patient or a worker? get advice on how to trace them.


The Original Radio Fairfield team will be Broadcasting and Recording live in the hall, playing hits from the years the radio station run for. With jingles and snippets from past interviews of famous people they are guaranteed to entertain you


A display of photographs from past shows by the amateur dramatics group The  Fairfield Players who can trace their history back to the 1860s! If you fancy joining them I am sure they will give you some great advice on acting and becoming the next Hollywood star!


The Fairfield Bowls Club will be Displaying a collection of photographs from the past and present, this is another club which can trace its hospital history back over many decades.


Mike Everitt Collection Of Stotfold Collectables Photographs and Post Cards, the biggest and most comprehensive archive of Stotfold memorabilia known


Steve Maddox from "On The Button Magazine" Meet Steve and pick up a free copy of his excellent Arlesey magazine packed with interesting articles, Arlesey features and adverts from local traders.


Come and say hello to Scott from the The Fairfield Orchard Brasserie, view the menu and maybe pick up a discount that will only be available on the day!


Refreshment will be served by The 1st Fairfield Scout Group, come and enjoy Tea coffee Sandwiches and home made Cake !


please put the date in your diary or on your calendar now!

We want to make this a fantastic and interesting day for all so please search your loft, draws,cubords etc for any memorabilia you may have connected with the old asylum and call Richard Knight on 01462 630912 or 07415657672