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Report - Mansfield General Hospital, Mansfield - November 2013

Discussion in 'Asylums and Hospitals' started by SpiderMonkey, Dec 1, 2013.

  1. SpiderMonkey

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    So my first time visiting here, really nice to finally see and good timing too as work is underway to demolish it.
    Some really nice old bits and one of my favorite explores ever!

    Visited with Goldie87.

    History: In 1889 the foundation stone for a new hospital was layed by Mrs Hollins of Pleasley Vale. This new hospital was opened in 1890, and known as The Mansfield General Hospital, which stood on West Hill Drive. The cost of this new hospital was £2,000, and it provided five beds. The opening ceremony was conducted on 27th October 1890 by the Duke of Portland.
    The need for an extension of these facilities was recognised fairly soon and on the 28th June 1897 the President of the Hospital Board, Mr F. W. Webb, of Newstead Abbey, laid the foundation stone.
    The new wing was to be named Newstead Ward, and provided a further ten beds. With the rapid growth of industry in the town, so the population increased. By 1928 it was approaching 48,000. The local hospitals had kept pace with the growth, the Victoria Hospital (prior to 1897 had been known as the Poor Law Institution), was still the largest unit with 164 beds including a maternity unit, while the Mansfield General had grown from it’s modest 5 beds of 1890 to 108.

    In 1950 the Mansfield General celebrated a further extension. This was a new ward block which was officially opened by Sir Eric Sykes. This new block provided a further 60 beds.

    With the majority of the services being transferred to the new Kings Mill Hospital over a period of years, the Mansfield General closed it’s doors in 1992.

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