This is a new book published in 2012, A fascinating book all about the hospital gas works  This is a very well researched book which contains everything you would need to know  form gas lighting to burners called Batwing and Fish tail its all here

highly recommended read


“The Three Counties Hospital Gas Works”  


This book can be purchased for £4.00 including post and packing from

       Mr A Marks  48 Mossbank Avenue Luton Beds LU2 9HH.

Or e.mail the author at   

This is the excellent book by Lawrence Butterfield,

 “Sticks And Stones”

Some of you will remember Lawrence from his time working at Fairfield Hospital

He started as a porter and made his way to senior nurse in mental health

 Lawrence now works as Social Inclusion Lead for Middlesbrough Council

The book includes a great piece about his time at Fairfield Hospital


Lawrence has recently been working as a mental  health advisor on the tv programme Emmerdale

The character Zak Dingle had suffered a mental brake down

it was Lawrence's job to make sure this was portrayed in an sympathetic and authentic way

This book can be purchased from Amazon or  from

We were very pleased to play a small part in  helping  Dr Mike Clarke with this book

It is a history of mental  health care in the Hitchin area

    “Cold Baths Don’t Work”

This book was a labour of love for Mike and his efforts and patients have paid off

A very interesting and highly detailed book with many fascinating case history's

The book includes black and white and colour photographs

Mike also tells of his time working at Fairfield Hospital

This is a Hitchin Historical Society Publication and is available from them at


or Amazon priced at £12.95