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Building Bedlam – Bethlem Royal Hospital’s early incarnations

From City fringe to St George’s Fields The dome of the Imperial War Museum, formerly Bethlem Hospital, photographed in January 2014 Visitors to the Imperial War Museum south London may easily be unaware that they are walking through the remains … Continue reading

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The Hospitals Investigator 6

October 1992 brought forth the sixth newsletter from the Cambridge team of the RCHME Hospitals Project. It included short pieces on mortuaries and asylum farms, and accounts of the Victoria Cottage Hospital, Wimborne, Dorset, with thoughts on holiday closures of hospitals. There … Continue reading

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Doecker portable hospitals

In the Hospitals Investigator number 5 the following list of suppliers of temporary hospital buildings was given: Humphrey’s of Knightsbridge;  Boulton and Paul of Norwich; Portable Building Company of Manchester; Hygienic Constructions and Portable Buildings Ltd; Wire Wove Roofing Company of London; G. W. Beattie … Continue reading

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The Hospitals Investigator 5

August 1992 saw the production of newsletter number five from the RCHME Cambridge office. There are snippets here about sanitary facilities – water closets and baths – and and more on temporary buildings. There are also useful indexes to information … Continue reading

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Atkinson Morley Hospital, now Wimbledon Hill Park

We visited the former Atkinson Morley Hospital in 1992 as part of the RCHME Hospitals Project. It was then still functioning as an acute hospital, specialising in brain surgery. The hospital closed in 2003 and remained empty and decaying for … Continue reading

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former Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, now Quartermile

The present Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh was built in 1996-2002 as a PFI project, to designs by Keppie Design of Glasgow on a large green-field site south-east of the city, close to the A7 at Little France, by Craigmillar Castle, … Continue reading

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Repton Park, formerly Claybury Hospital

  Aerial view of Claybury, undated. (posted on flickr by Jeroen Komen and licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0) Repton Park at Woodford Bridge in Essex is a large housing estate that has been created on the site of the former Claybury … Continue reading

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