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Report - maiden law mortuary - July 2015

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History
1903, Howden Bank (Maiden Law) Smallpox Hospital

Early in 1902 the Medical Officer of Health for Consett, Dr. A. D. M. MacIntyre, being worried about the possibility of an outbreak of Smallpox in the area, suggested in his annual report that the Lanchester Joint Hospital Board should provide a special Hospital in some central position exclusively for the isolation of this disease. Chaos due to cross infection would result if cases of Scarlet Fever and Small pox were congregated together in one ward. To the Board’s credit, prompt action ensued. Within a year, in 1903, a permanent Smallpox Hospital, known as Howden Bank or Maiden Law Smallpox Hospital had been erected at Mawsfield, Maiden Law. This was a galvanised iron building on the opposite side of the road to the present Sanitorium. In this instance combined Medical foresight and administrative action was rewarded because in 1903 an outbreak of twenty-two cases of Smallpox occurred and these were removed directly to the new Hospital.

In 1906 Tuberculosis was a major problem in Consett. Great difficulty occurred in admitting cases to Stanhope Sanitorium, which was at that time the nearest establishment for this disease. It was hoped that the County Authorities would undertake the erection of a local public Sanitorium. By 1906 the Smallpox epidemic having subsided, the vacant Howden Bank Smallpox Hospital was temporarily converted to a small Sanitorium and this afforded an interim solution to the problem. Patients on admission were obliged to pay 12s. 6d. a week, as a proportion of the cost of treatment.

Between the two wars Howden Bank reverted to its original use for Smallpox cases. After the Second World War, with the virtual disappearance of Smallpox, the Hospital was sold to Laing & Co. and was used as a clothing factory. While in use in this capacity, the building was destroyed by fire.
To summarise the situation in Consett and district so far, there existed by 1910 a Workhouse Hospital at Lanchester, an Iron Company Infirmary at Consett, an Isolation Hospital at Leadgate (Villa Real), and Howden Bank Smallpox Hospital and a Sanitorium. It is difficult to realise that just over fifty years ago, Consett, with its population of 30,000 had still no facilities for Surgical or Hospital Maternity work, and had to rely on transfer of cases to either Newcastle or Durham

The main building is tight from what iv heard from friends who have tried the place and had the security and police rock up

Iv had my eye on this hospital for sometime so once we had a lead on the morgue we had to check it out. It we met up with a friend. Parking the cars out of the way we headed to the hospital on foot just as it was starting to rain so we took cover in a bush on site whislt we scoped the area out once the coast was clear we made a short run a cross the lawn and to a little out building in hope it was the morgue and peeking though the shutters over the windows we spotted the slab and just wow we knew we had to be in so that was it we headed for where we were told the access was and yes that was it we made our way in. As soon as we where in we saw the fridge that once held human bodies we started checking the place out it wasn't big but is was good I had only ever been in one other morgue and this was great so straight away we got snapping

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ACID- REFLUX

28DL Full Member
28DL Full Member
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It needs editing mate, changing from Information??? to a Report In Hospitals & Asylums, Month & Year of visit & hopefully with a few more pics added and the compulsory History at the head of the report & dropping the blurry pic would help :thumb
 
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It needs editing mate, changing from Information??? to a Report In Hospitals & Asylums, Month & Year of visit & hopefully with a few more pics added and the compulsory History at the head of the report & dropping the blurry pic would help :thumb
I'm unsure how to delete and add pics plus how do I edit the writing ?. Thanks
 

Wevsky

A Predisposed Tourist
Regular User
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well its been moved into the right section,at the bottom of your thread should be an edit button from there you can change the title unless its different now the software has been updated
 
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It needs editing mate, changing from Information??? to a Report In Hospitals & Asylums, Month & Year of visit & hopefully with a few more pics added and the compulsory History at the head of the report & dropping the blurry pic would help :thumb
Hope that's better for some reason some of the pics have gone twice unsure how that's happened but was able to find some history on the place