I've just received the death certificate of my grandmother's brother. I understood he was in Prestwich Asylum somewhere around 1920 and maybe later and he did, in fact, die in Prestwich Hospital in 1964, but there is nothing to suggest the cause was anything other than a medical condition for which hospitalisation is not usual.
However, under signature, description and residence of informant it states:
"Eric Smith causing the body to be buried. Prestwich Hospital, Prestwich"
What does that mean? Does that suggest that my g.uncle was indeed living at Prestwich Hospital, as my mum thought. Otherwise, why would the informant give his address as the hospital. Oddly, his occupation is given as a retired butcher. Now I know he was a butcher in 1901, but if he had been in an asylum most of his life, retired butcher is stretching it a bit.
I cannot find a marriage for this man, so it would seem he remained unmarried and had no dependents. By the time he died his siblings had all died and as far as I can remember, my mum and her siblings never had any contact with him. He is not on any of the wedding photographs.