Old Ledbury - The Cottage Hospital

The Cottage Hospital

The Cottage Hospital

[Ledbury Hospital]
 
1891
The cottage hospital was erected in 1891 by Michael BIDDULPH, Esq., M.P., it opened on the 29th December, but patients were not accepted until June 1892.
Mr Biddulph of Ledbury Park funded the hospital, in commemoration of the coming of age of his eldest son.
It was built opposite an earlier hospital situated in a three-storey house.
It is designed for the reception of accidents and diseases occurring in Ledbury and the neighbouring parishes, and requiring immediate surgical and medical treatment.
The new hospital had three wards, rooms for the matron, an operating theatre, 10 bedrooms, a mortuary, laundry and a separate apartment for a parish nurse.
The funds for the support of the hospital are raised by donations and annual subscriptions.
 

 
1902
Homend Street
Hon. Physicians and Surgeons - Miles Astman WOOD, John Henry WOOD, Arthur Robert GREEN, James McKean HARRISON
Matron - Miss Clara Annie BAMBER
Hon. Treasurer and Hon. Sec John Basil MASEFIELD
 

 
1914 - 1919 World War One Follow this link to view newspaper reports on the Hospital during the war.



1916
Patron Lord SOMERS, Patroness Lady BIDDULPH of Ledbury
President - Lord BIDDULPH of Ledbury , Hon Treasurer and Hon Secretary Charles B MASEFIELD
Hon Consulting Medical Officer - Miles A WOOD
Hon Physicians and Surgeons - Mr Arthur R GREEN, Mr J McKEAN HARRISON, Mr G B McKEAN, Mr L B C TROTTER
Matron - Miss JOHNSON
Committee of Management - meetings first Friday in the month at 3pm
The President, The Medical officers, The Hon Secretary and Treasurer, Lady BIDDULPH of Ledbury, Hon V BIDDULPH, Mrs E HARTLAND, Mrs ALBRIGHT, Mrs Maddison GREEN
The Revs F W CARNEGY, F S STOOKE-VAUGHAN, and F C LYNCH
Messrs W A H MARTIN, S H BICKHAM, M A WOOD, A CARLESS, W L TILLEY and F W JUCKES
The funds for the establishment and support of the Hospital are raised by donations and subscriptions.
Subscribers and donors are entitled to recommend patients on forms, to be obtained from the Secretary. Accident cases are are admitted without recommendation
Patients are required to contribute towards their maintenance according to their means, the lowest rates being 3/6 a week for adults and 2/- a week for children
Consumptive, Infectious, and Chronic diseases are not admissable
 

 
Hospital Boards
Donations and Bequests of £20 and upwards
 
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Good to be reminded that my Great Grandfather, Mr John RILEY, donated £50 in 1928!...MR
 
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1955
[Ledbury Hospital Staff 1955]
Back Row - Dr STEADMAN, Dr HARDY, Dr GROVES, Dr BURROWES
Middle Row - Nurse Ivy DAVIES, Sister Norah OAKLEY, Sister Hilda BURGESS, Nurse Annie JONES, Miss G WHEELER Matron, Mrs PERRETT, Nurse ROWBERRY / Betty ROBINSON, unknown, Gloria CALE, Mrs HABBITS, Mrs CALE, Mabel GITTINGS
Front Row - unknown, Mrs Rose GROVES
Photo Jack GITTINGS Collection JG1
 
Slightly different pose
[Ledbury Hospital Staff 1955]
Back Row - Dr STEADMAN, Dr HARDY, Dr GROVES, Dr BURROWES
Middle Row - Nurse Ivy DAVIES, Sister Norah OAKLEY, Sister Hilda BURGESS, Nurse Annie JONES, Miss G WHEELER Matron, Mrs PERRETT, Nurse ROWBERRY / Betty ROBINSON, unknown, Gloria CALE, Mrs HABBITS, Mrs CALE, Mabel GITTINGS
Front Row - unknown, Mrs Rose GROVES
Photo Sue ROIG Collection SG11
 
What a great photograph. Dear Dr STEADMAN. He was my doctor when I was a child. A very kind man and then we had doctor BURROWES to follow and he was fantastic...MH
 
As far as I know, Dr Hardy still lives in Australia, apparently Dr Hardy had his 90th birthday party about 3 weeks ago ...PH ( Comment dated 21/2/2014 )
 
When my sister Wendy was very ill, my dad called Dr HARDY and he came from a ball at the Feathers, he was dressed in a dinner suit. When he came in we thought he was a film star, he looked so handsome. My sister was taken into hospital and was in isolation for a long time, even mum and dad could only watch her through glass. She had a Jacko monkey and she used to wipe around his face with cotton balls like the nurses did for her. Hardy was a great doctor x...PP
 
He did not like wasting time but was good to me...JG
 
Dr "Basher " GROVES was my dr when v small. Remember him saying "it will have to come off " when I had pinched a finger and promptly pulling off the nail ! Dr BURROWES was lovely had him till I left Ledbury in 1971...LL
 
Dr STEADMAN probably my favourite, had rhuematic fever when I was 7, remember Dr STEADMAN coming to see me most days, never put me in hospital, said my mum was doing a great job with me at home, I always refered to him as Dr Teddy Bear, he always giggled at that...CP
 
I love the story about Dr HARDY. I remember him in the old surgery in New street. Nora OAKLEY finished up as matron and lived just up the road from us - no idea why but I remember being scared to death of her when I was little...
 
My dad had what he thought was a boil on his bum, he asked my mum to put a bread poultice on it to draw it to a head. By the evening dad was in agony and mum told him to go to the Drs. He managed to walk up to the surgery and was called in. He told Dr GROVES what was wrong and he said he'd have a look. He said Good God man what ever have you done, dad told him about the poultice and he burst out laughing. He said your a better man than me, you have a pile not a boil. He gave him some cream and told him to leave his bum out of the blankets when he went to bed that night to help cool him down. Our dad used to have us in stitches with some of the things he said. Love him so much xx...PP
 
Aunty Eve POWELL ( Davis ) told me this story - When her mum was ill she was taken out of school early to look after her and the other 6 children. Dr STEADMAN called and saw her cooking and asked her if she would cook for him and his wife. She said no she couldn't cook for them he said ' If you can cook for this lot you can cook for anyone '. So she became their cook at their home The Steppes in New Street. Muriel FLETCHER was Parlour Maid. One day Fred POWELL a mechanic at HOPKINS Garage, called at the house to collect Mr STEADMAN's car for service, that's how they met!!!!..JE
 
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1958
The Hospital is controlled by the Herefordshire Hospital Management Committee, Hereford
Consultant Surgeons - Mr R WOOD and Mr I W MACGREGOR
Eye Surgeons - Mr T Stuart Black KELLY and Mr P DEVLIN
Physicians and Surgeons - Dr W STEADMAN, Dr H G LANGDALE-SMITH, Dr J N GROVES, Dr B HARDIE, Dr D E BURROWES
Matron - Miss G WHEELER
Local Committee of Management - meetings third Wednesday in alternative months at 2.30pm
Mr A R C TURNER ( Chairman ), Preb W G MOERAN, Mrs KYRLE POPE
Messrs R H S BICKHAM, W J BRAY, J MASEFIELD, J W TEAGUE, C H F WILCE and Dr J N GROVES
 

 
1959
Weight Card
[Ledbury Hospital]
Card Jo EDGE Collection JE69
 
Immunisation Record Card
[Ledbury Hospital]
Card Jo EDGE Collection JE70
 

 
1962
Admission Notification for Treatment of Tonsils and Adenoids
[Ledbury Hospital]
Card Jo EDGE Collection JE68
 
I had my tonsils and adenoids out here circa 1961. In those days every other child had a tonsillectomy. Did anyone else here endure the same fate?...IM
 
I never thought of it being a place where you had ops I always knew it more as a convalescent and palative hospital...LJ
 
Was one of the many tonsils adenoid saga 1954!!!!! They did carry out the smaller operations there...MW
 
Yes, At age 5, I entered that building as a tonsillectomy / adenoidectomy 'case'. I still vividly remember coming round from the sedation, wondering when the ice cream and jelly, previously promised would be served. Tonsillectomy patients were given this diet soon after the operation for obvious reasons. I used to look out of the window from my bed wondering when my mum would appear to visit me. I'm pretty sure I still remember which window it was, oh and the jelly and ice cream did turn up...IM
 
I remember being on a trolly and waiting to go in to have my tonsils out ...PP
 
I had my tonsils out here but don't remember a thing about it....JE
 
I can, I cried for mum the whole time I was in there. They were really nice to me though. I loved the Cottage Hospital, nothing was too much bother for the nurses no matter when you turned up...PP
 
I have my appointment cards somewhere. The first appointment mum told me I cried so much they had to take me home!!! Oops looks like mum had to have 3 attempts with me...JE
 
I had my tonsils out here to, ice cream and jelly, then I went home and started coughing up blood clots ( sorry bit graphi c) got rushed to Hereford and I had incubated chicken pox while there so my throat wouldn't heal, so had blood transfusions in Hereford - was there for ages, I was only 5...ED
 
Had my tonsils out there too, 2 days after my 7th birthday. Remember the ice cream and jelly too. Todays kids get toast afterwards !!...JM
 
Had my tonsils out here as well I can also remember the jelly and ice cream....SG
 
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Date Unknown
Main Corridor
[Ledbury Hospital]
Photo Sue ROIG Collection SG15
 
Good old cottage hospital, always sorted you out, now its off to Hereford and you dont always get sorted then...CP
 
Another iconic Ledbury building, triggering many memories! Phil went there back in the day when he cut his finger off at the Jam factory and they told us it would only need a few stitches! Makes us smile even today! ...SM
 
Remember sitting there many a time, the highly polished floor, the dinner smells, people coming and going...LJ
 
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[Ledbury Hospital]
Photo Sue ROIG Collection SG14
 
Casualty
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Photo Sue ROIG Collection SG16
 

 
1970s
Staff in Matrons Sitting Room upstairs at the Hospital
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Photo Sue ROIG Collection SG12
 

 
1977
Cottage Hospital Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee
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Photo Sue ROIG Collection SG13
 

 
1970s
Cottage Hospital Building
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Photo Sue ROIG Collection SG20
 

 
1980s
Cottage Hospital Building
[Ledbury Hospital]
Photo Sue ROIG Collection SG18
 
[Ledbury Hospital]
Photo Sue ROIG Collection SG19
 
Where the car is parked and between the first window and 'the space' in the wall cemented into the brickwork is a piece of glass. My dad put this in so that if the glass breaks its a sign that there could be subsidence. ( Don't know for sure that's true ) but on the odd occasion I walk down Belle Orchard I always look for it....JB
 

 
2002
The Cottage Hospital closed in 2002
 
The Old Cottage Hospital lay dormant for some time before the Ledbury Area Development Trust, after canvassing public opinion on options for the use of the building, transformed the well loved but boarded up and almost derelict old cottage hospital into 8 studios for local, young entrepreneurial businesses and 6 affordable flats for local people
 
For More Information follow this link Ledbury Area Development Trust
 

 
Sources
1902 Jakeman and Carver's Directory and Gazatteer of Herefordshire
1916 Tilley's Almanack
1958 Tilley's Almanack