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Report - North Staffordshire Royal Infirmary ~ Stoke on Trent ~ Feb 18


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The history has been done to death so here is the short version from internets - The North Staffordshire Royal Infirmary can be traced back to 1804 when it was just a Dispensary and House of Recovery based in Etruria. By 1819 with a steady flow of general illness cases, accidents in the pottery, mining and iron industries and diseases caused by lead and dust the hospital outgrew its original location and moved to a new site located close to Etruria Hall, an area that was densely populated with Shelton Bar, Wedgwood, Etruria Gas Works and various collieries.

It was actually all of this surrounding industry that forced the infirmary to relocate once again in 1869 to nearby Hartshill, where it could be up and away from the heavily polluted area of the original buildings. The relocation actually took over 20 years due to constant conflict between the Six Towns as to where it should be sited. This was of course in the days before the towns merged to form the City of Stoke on Trent.

The royal infirmary was built in 1869 it was one of the earliest hospitals to use the pavilion system favored by Florence Nightingale, the underlying rationale was that with improved ventilation the mortality rate (at that time exceedingly high) was significantly reduced.
Excavations on the main site have revealed that a large medieval hospital operated on exactly the same site from the thirteenth century until the 1580s.

In 2012 the North Staffordshire Royal Infirmary has closed its doors for the final time after almost 150 years of treating patients. Plans to demolish the royal infirmary and build about 200 houses on the site were approved but may now have lapsed.

Pretty relaxed explore despite walking round a corner and bumping into security as we arrived

Thanks for Looking​


28DL Regular User
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Brilliant, we're here tomorrow night, then onto a little country pub we've done before in Audley
Try and be more sensible. Security and the estates department are actively monitoring forums and the likes for stuff about the NSRI, so good luck with your visit tomorrow.

Amazing place! how did you get in to the building? Thinking of going there soon :thumb
People aren't going to post openly about how they get into places generally. Even more unlikely to help unknown people who are yet to contribute.


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28DL Full Member
Raisinwing thank you I apprentice your information as I was unaware these forums were patrolled, advice taken on board and noted for next time!

Redavni Ecaps

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Great photos, nice to see it so clean with no vandalisation

Calamity Jane

i see beauty in the unloved, places & things
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Thanks for sharing this, Great shot of the Chapel and I love the operation lights, they are still in one piece, always nice to see. Great shots in this report . So security didnt bother you?