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Ivy Carr in the centre of this picture

The nurse in the centre of this picture (Arrow) is Ivy Carr with all kitchen staff. Ivy worked at the hospital from 1935 to 1965 and was ward sister for many years.   Photo supplied by: Barbara and Ken Carr.



Nurse cadets

Photo sent in by Amy Hoyland from Dorothy Staniforth who used to be a cadet nurse at the hospital.    Photo supplied by: Amy Hoyland



The Occupational Therapy Department in 1964

This is the occupational therapy department in 1964. The patients here are working very hard in preparation for the festival of talent competition...

Items made by the patients              Items made by patients

...and these are the winning exhibits of ward 32 and 33 who were able to gain top marks and win the Shield of the competition.   Photos supplied by: Sharon Booth



Mrs Booth   

This is Edith working at the main switchboard of the hospital.  Photo supplied by: Sharon Booth



Clock Tower

This is the impressive and renovated iconic clock tower of the Administration block. It is now the centre-piece of a superb transformation of the building into luxury apartments now called "Middlewood Lodge".   Photo taken in summer 2008 by Luis Arroyo



Kingswood Building

This photograph taken in 1992 when the Kingswood building was completely vacant and its future uncertain. The grounds of this institution were very much admired, with extensive lawns, flower gardens and shrubberies, and the farm nearby, all of which provided outdoor 'healing' for patients.   Photo taken by: Luis Arroyo



Cars of 1992

Cars of 1992. The building immediately on the left of the picture was the main kitchen at the time and also the staff canteen.  Photo taken by: Luis Arroyo



Middlewood Hospital from the air

This is another great aerial view showing the entire Middlewood hospital. I do not have the precise date the aeroplane flew over the asylum but my resources indicated to me that this photograph may have been taken in the 1950's.    Photo supplied by: Jackie Webster



Stall activities

A day of fun and sports. Stalls and other activities on the grounds of the hospital in summer of 15th July 1964.   Photos supplied by: Sharon Booth

Sports day




Cricket Team

The hospital cricket team with Doctor J. M. Mathieson, a former colleague of Dr F. T. Thorpe. This photograph was published in the 'Staff, and Visitors in Contact' internal magazine of the hospital in autumn of 1964.   Photo supplied by: Sharon Booth




Middlewood Lodge               Reginald and his car

This is the lodge situated within the grounds of the hospital and Mr Reginald Booth with his car in July 1954.   Photos supplied by: Sharon Booth, the granddaughter of Mr Booth.



Henry in the hospital's farm yard

This is Henry Sanderson in the hospital farm's yard which was located on the west side of the hospital towards Stockarth Lane. He was there for most of his working life from 1939 until his retirement in 1985. The working farm had a large cow shed (Part of which was subsequently leased to Batchelor's Food) pigs sties and a dairy. The farm closed in 1957 or 1958 and some of the old buildings were converted into workshops, e. g. the hospital's printer was located there and the clothes repairer. The rest of the farm was sold off and Henry continued to work as a gardener until his retirement in 1985.   Photo supplied by: John Sanderson, son of Henry.




Tributes galore for 'Henry'This is Henry in a newspaper article

This is Henry Sanderson again in a newspaper article. The picture shows a tractor and patients gathering hay on the fields of the hospital's farm. The report reads "Henry Sanderson, complete with tractor and workforce on the morning of his last day's work in the Garden Dept. Later in the day, tributes were paid to him by Mr K. B. Jones for his dedication to the hospital over the last 43 years. He was presented with a clock and barometer".   Photo supplied by: John Sanderson, son of Henry.



Derelict Kingswood                                             A rear view of the Kingswood building

These three sad images clearly show the decay of the Kingswood building which was left to rot for a considerable time. PJ Livesey Group, a company specialising in the conversion of period properties put forward an ambitious rescue plan to resuscitate this Grade II listed building, which would otherwise have been demolished.  Photos supplied by: Steve Taylor of PJ Livesey.

Derelict Kingswood


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