064808:St. Nicholas Hospital Coxlodge Unknown c.1990s

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  • Craig James on March 6, 2015, 2:51 p.m.

    What are your memories of growing up on Salters road opposite St Nicholas Hospital / Newcastle Lunatic Asylum?
    When I was around 11 years of age I used to gather with friends who’s parents worked in the hospital grounds, their parents done jobs ranging from nurses, gardeners, cooks etc. Salters Road was car free in 1955 and we would spend time on both sides of the wall. My address 227 Salters road was around 50 meters from the hospital cottages within St Nicholas grounds. One of our main pastimes was playing chain tuggy, around 20 of us would scatter and catch each other making a chain until the last person was caught, we played this in the hospital grounds as there was many hiding places.
    Opposite St Nicholas hospital was a hospital for disabled children and further up the road there was a school for naughty girls.
    We spent most of our spare time playing within the hospital grounds, we also would often visit hill 60 (please refer to the map attached) this is where courting couples would go to lay in the grass.
    Did your mam and dad live there during the war in 1914 when the hospital was used for wounded soldiers?
    My dad was born in 1905 and he married my mother around 1930 so this was the year they moved into 227 Salters road, they rented the upstairs flat all of their married life. They went on to have five boys, we all lived there in the small two bedroomed flat.
    At what age did you first venture over the wall?
    I was around your age Taylor 11-12 years of age
    Did you hear any noise from the hospital?
    Yes! The hospital sirens would often go off this would happen when a patient tried to escape the grounds. I would often be woken from my sleep by the sirens, I would look out of the window and see a patient being chased by male nurses in white coats. The sirens sounded very much like the air raid sirens in the war.

    Was there ever any scary moments or incidents?
    Yes I can recall a time I took my dog Timmy over the wall and we got chased by a patient, the nurses quickly came to my rescue and I got a good telling off for being there.
    Did the hospital change much during your time living on Salters Road?
    Many changes happened and the 10ft wall was demolished and replaced with a wall around 3-4 ft around the Salters Road area, this happened when I was around 14 years of age.

  • Craig James on March 6, 2015, 2:53 p.m.

    Taylor Naseby:
    What are your memories of growing up on Salters road opposite St Nicholas Hospital / Newcastle Lunatic Asylum?
    When I was around 11 years of age I used to gather with friends who’s parents worked in the hospital grounds, their parents done jobs ranging from nurses, gardeners, cooks etc. Salters Road was car free in 1955 and we would spend time on both sides of the wall. My address 227 Salters road was around 50 meters from the hospital cottages within St Nicholas grounds. One of our main pastimes was playing chain tuggy, around 20 of us would scatter and catch each other making a chain until the last person was caught, we played this in the hospital grounds as there was many hiding places.
    Opposite St Nicholas hospital was a hospital for disabled children and further up the road there was a school for naughty girls.
    We spent most of our spare time playing within the hospital grounds, we also would often visit hill 60 (please refer to the map attached) this is where courting couples would go to lay in the grass.
    Did your mam and dad live there during the war in 1914 when the hospital was used for wounded soldiers?
    My dad was born in 1905 and he married my mother around 1930 so this was the year they moved into 227 Salters road, they rented the upstairs flat all of their married life. They went on to have five boys, we all lived there in the small two bedroomed flat.
    At what age did you first venture over the wall?
    I was around your age Taylor 11-12 years of age
    Did you hear any noise from the hospital?
    Yes! The hospital sirens would often go off this would happen when a patient tried to escape the grounds. I would often be woken from my sleep by the sirens, I would look out of the window and see a patient being chased by male nurses in white coats. The sirens sounded very much like the air raid sirens in the war.

    Was there ever any scary moments or incidents?
    Yes I can recall a time I took my dog Timmy over the wall and we got chased by a patient, the nurses quickly came to my rescue and I got a good telling off for being there.
    Did the hospital change much during your time living on Salters Road?
    Many changes happened and the 10ft wall was demolished and replaced with a wall around 3-4 ft around the Salters Road area, this happened when I was around 14 years of age.

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