The next four images relate to the hospital, no further information was supplied by the contributors.
This is the First World War memorial
held at the church of the hospital.
It was made in the hospital’s carpentry shop to honour the servicemen who die at the hospital,
and members of staff who had enlisted and lost their lives on active service.
Fabric Limited was founded by Annie Bindon Carter who had volunteered at the
hospital during the WW1 to help
injured soldiers with drawing and painting classes. After the war, she adapted the project into a company selling products
made by injured war veterans to provide them with work. Most of the men had lost at least one limb and finding employment outside
the hospital became difficult. The men were trained in various sewing and fabric techniques and made a wide range of merchandise.
Annie promoted the company and its work, especially to the wealthy who could afford hand-crafted textiles.
This sculpture was placed in the new play area created on the former hospital ground. Photo taken 2012.
Paul Campbell’s photo taken
on the steps of Kingswood building: Paul explains “my mum, second right,
at Wharncliffe during the war. The guest is the 1940's film star Rosamund John, who married the cabinet minister John Silkin"
Photo sent by David Oxley (right) who trained at Middlewood Hospital in the mid 1970’s and never been back since 1981.
David explained “It
was summer 1979 we were student nurses at Middlewood in our final year and
class decided to hold an informal “sports day” - I guess it was suppose to have been a private study
day on the School of Nursing Calendar. Myself in the class “Tennis final” hospital tennis
courts looking towards the nurses residence.
This picture sent by Ian
Jerams who lives in Sheffield and spotted in his garden a button. It clearly
reads 'S Y Asylum * Sheffield *.
Ian explains “Our house was built in the same year that the South Yorkshire Asylum was established, 1872, and we believe that the hospital ceased to be known by that name from 1888 or 1890. This is bizarre, not just as a find in our garden. Who knows how it ended up in our garden and that it should appear now?”
In the photo, Dave Trent outside block D kitchen area.
‘Our family came to live at “Fairlawns” in Middlewood Hospital
in June 1966 just before the World Cup Final after my Dad, Harry Trent had
been appointed as Free Church Chaplain for the hospital. He spent 8 years
in this role before becoming Secretary of the new Community Health Council
for Sheffield. My Mum worked as a Physio at Wharncliffe hospital briefly before
moving to the Royal Infirmary.
I went to work in the hospital kitchens as a trainee cook under John Parks who was the Head Chef. Bill Starmore was Catering Manager, Veronica Hague was his deputy and Roger Deverill was the Asst Caterer Manager. I stayed about 3 years before I had completed my training but eventually trained as an OT and spent 30 years in the NHS in West Yorkshire area.’
The records of Middlewood Hospital (1872 – 1996) are at Sheffield Archives. These include patient admission registers dating back to 1872 which list the names of the many thousands of people who passed through the asylum, detailing ages, occupations and ‘causes of insanity’. Also, hundreds of photos, illustrations, old documents etc can be found in the archives.
The names of all patients admitted to Middlewood Hospital between 1872 and 1910 have been transcribed and can be searched on-line too. To view the records and about sources for the study of Lunatic Asylums and mental hospital in Sheffield. click here
Also a short video about Middlewood Hospital on YouTube, by Sheffield Archives.
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