St Nicholas Hospital, Gosforth

  • Description

    "Background: The first hospital in Newcastle for public mentally ill patients (ie paupers) was Wardens Close Lunatic Hospital, which opened in October 1767, on a site near the present day Newcastle Breweries. Patients were admitted on application to the Committee, who acted on the advice of the hospital physician. A report to the City Council in 1824 found that in effect the hospital had been run as a private asylum for the benefit of the physician in charge, so the Council decided to take action. They appointed Dr Noel Smith in charge of the asylum and John Dobson, the town architect, was to design and execute the doctor's suggestions. As a result, 6 spacious airing courts were provided, the central court was enclosed transforming the 'cold, dreary cells' into reasonably comfortable apartments, more land was used for gardens, and the whole hospital was enclosed within boundary walls......"
  • Owner

    National Archives
  • Source

    Local (Co-Curate)
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    Resource type: Text/Website
    Added by: Simon Cotterill
    Last modified: 1 year, 7 months ago
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