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Fever and Isolation Hospitals

Fever hospitals, isolation and smallpox hospitals were established in the 19th and early 20th century. These and other fever & isolation hospitals were established at a time when cholera, typhoid, smallpoxtuberculosis and other serious infectious diseases were prevalent. By 1930, there were around 650 fever hospitals in England and Wales; this page relates to some of those in the Northern of England (this is not an exclusive list).

Name Location Opened~ Notes
Fever Hospital Bath Lane, Newcastle 1804  
South Shields and Westoe Dispensary South Shields 1821 TB Sanitorium
Smallpox Hospital Town Moor, Newcastle 1882  
Deans Isolation Hospital South Shields 1883  
Smallpox Isolation Hospital for Durham Gilesgate, Durham 1884 Vane Tempest Hall (militia barracks, built 1863)
Floating Hospital River Tyne, Jarrow 1886 for the River Tyne Port Sanitary Authority
City Hospital for Infectious Diseases Walker, Newcastle 1888  
Hebburn Fever Hospital Hebburn 1897  
Houghton and Hetton Smallpox Hospital Houghton-le-Spring ?  
Grange Isolation Hospital Earsdon ?  
Whiteleas Smallpox Hospital South Shields ?  
Lemington, Newburn, Gosforth & Castle Ward Isolation Hospital Lemington ?  
Willington Smallpox Hospital Willington, North Tyneside ?  
Northern Hospital (Infectious Diseases) Philadelphia, Sunderland ?  
Sunderland R.D. Council Isolation Hospital Ford, Sunderland ?  

Winlaton Infectious Diseases Hospital

Winlaton, Gateshead ?  

Boldon Sanatorium

Boldon, Sunderland ?  

Grindon Hall Sanatorium

Grindon, Stockton ?  

Blyth PSA Infectious Diseases Hospital

Blyth ? Later, Thomas Knight Memorial Hospital

Ashington UDC Infectious Diseases Hospital

Ashington ? Later, North Seaton Hospital

Wooley Sanatorium

Wooley, near Slaley, Northumberland 1922 TB sanatorium

Auckland, Shildon and Willington Joint Isolation Hospital

  ? Later, Homelands Hospital 

Brandon and Byshottles Urban District Fever Hospital


Chester-le-Street Hospital for Infectous Diseases

  ? Later, Highfield Hospital

Shotley Bridge Sanatorium


Darlington Infectious Diseases Hospital


Easington Rural District Infectious Diseases Hospital

  ? Later, Thorpe Hospital

Lanchester Joint Isolation Hospital

  ? Later, Maiden Law Hospital

Barnard Castle Infectious Diseases Hospital


Sedgefield RDC Isolation Hospital

  ? Winterton Hospital. Combined with asylum.

Spennymoor UDC Isolation Hospital

  ? Now The Gables

Fellside Sanatorium

Hexham, Northumberland ?  

Woodburn Sanatorium


Felix House Sanatorium

County Durham ?  

Alnwick Fever Hospital

Alnwick, Northumberland 1888  

Earl’s House Sanatorium

Witton Gilbert ?  

Leazes House Sanatorium

Wolsingham ?  
Stannington Sanatorium Stannington, Northumberland 1907  
Barrasford Sanatorium Near Hexham, Northumberland 1907 Aka Newcastle Upon Tyne Sanatorium. Closed 1960.
Newcastle Tuberculosis Dispensary Newcastle 1913 Later Newcastle (East) Chest Clinic
Scaffold Hill Hospital Wallsend 1914  
Cleadon Park Sanatorium Cleadon 1921 Mansion. Later Cleadon Park Hospital
Seaham Hall Sanatorium (TB) Seaham 1927 Later Seaham Hall Hospital. Now hotel.
Poole Sanatorium Middlesbrough 1932 Grey Towers (mansion, built 1867)
Crozier Lodge, Cumberland Infirmary Carlisle 1847 Former house (build 1820s)
Hospitals Leprosy and medieval leper colonies in Northern England Grey Towers Seaham Hall Crozier Lodge, Cumberland Infirmary Stannington Sanatorium (1907-1984) Alnwick Fever Hospital Wooley Sanatorium Barrasford Sanatorium (1907 - 1960) Vane Tempest Hall, Gilesgate Infectious Diseases City Hospital for Infectious Diseases, Walker Deans Isolation Hospital Fever Hospital, Bath Lane Hebburn Fever Hospital Houghton and Hetton Smallpox Hospital Newcastle (East) Chest Clinic Scaffold Hill Hospital, Wallsend (1914-1986) Smallpox Hospital, Town Moor Whiteleas Smallpox Hospital
from Newcastle libraries (flickr)
061986:The Fever Hospital Bath Lane Newcastle upon Tyne Maybury Malcolm 1995

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Grey Towers
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Grey Towers
- Overview Map Street View Grey Towers is a large country house built 1865-1867 for William Hopkins, ironmaster and Mayor of Middlesbrough. It is faced with whinstone, which is unusual compared …
Stannington Sanatorium (1907-1984)
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Stannington Sanatorium (1907-1984)
- Overview About Stannington Sanitorium Stannington Sanatorium opened on the 5th October 1907 and was the first tuberculosis sanitorium specifically for children. Located near Stannington in Northumberland, the institution was established …
Vane Tempest Hall, Gilesgate
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Vane Tempest Hall, Gilesgate
- Overview Map Vane Tempest Hall, now a community centre of the Gilesgate Community and Welfare Association, is located in Gilesgate, Durham. It was originally built in 1863 as a militia …
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ACC 9756 Isolation Hospital

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A Floating Hospital
- TWAM Blog June 5, 2020. "Assistant Keeper of History Adam Bell at South Shields Museum and Art Gallery shares how a floating hospital stemmed the influx of infectious diseases into …

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Leprosy and medieval leper colonies in Northern England
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Leprosy and medieval leper colonies in Northern England
- Leprosy (now known as Hansen's disease), is a long-term infection by the bacteria Mycobacterium leprae or Mycobacterium lepromatosis which can lead to damage of the nerves, respiratory tract, skin, and …
Seaham Hall
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Seaham Hall
- Overview Map Street View Seaham Hall was a large country house built 1791-1792 for Sir Ralph and Lady Judith Milbanke. The poet Lord Byron first visited Seaham Hall in 1814 …
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Alnwick Fever Hospital
Wooley Sanatorium
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Wooley Sanatorium
- Wooley Sanatorium opened as a dedicated tuberculosis (TB) hospital in c.1922. It is said that the site was used to treat gas attack victims during the First World War, prior to …
Barrasford Sanatorium (1907 - 1960)
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Barrasford Sanatorium (1907 - 1960)
- Overview Map "In 1906 the Newcastle and Northumberland branch of the National Association for the Prevention of Consumption raised funds to establish a sanatorium at Camp Hill, Gunnerton near Barrasford, …
Crozier Lodge, Cumberland Infirmary
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Crozier Lodge, Cumberland Infirmary
- Overview Map Street View Crozier Lodge at Cumberland Infirmary, in Carlisle, was originally a house built in the 1820s. Thomas McAdam was recorded as living here in 1828.[1] A House …


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