St Georges Hospital – Northumberland Lunatic Asylum, Morpeth
The Victorian built St Georges hospital opened as a ‘lunatic asylum’ in the late 1850’s. It later became a general purpose NHS hospital until its closure.
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History of St Georges Hospital, Morpeth
St Georges Hospital in Morpeth, Northumberland – dubbed Ivy Hospital by some, owing to the ivy growing inside some of the rooms – opened as a ‘lunatic asylum’ in 1859 as the Northumberland County Pauper Lunatic Asylumand for the first 125 years or so was the main mental health care provider for the area. Since 1985 services have been moving towards a community based setting, leading to a decrease in patient numbers and changes to provision of hospital accommodation.
When the hospital opened there was accommodation for 100 male and 100 female patients. Over the years the hospital was steadily expanded, and at its height could house 267 men and 244 women. The ground that the hospital was built on had previously been used for agricultural purposes and also included a farm. The farm was retained, and patients worked there which for some formed part of their therapy, others simply to keep costs down for the hospital.
There was also a shoe makers, laundry, a tailors and most interesting, a brewery. The patients were given beer, so it was decided it would be cheapest to get them to brew their own. At one point the hospital even considered opening a coal mine, but the price of coal dropped so they didn’t bother. 1
The Victorian built hospital was adopted by the NHS and became a general purpose hospital until its closure, when it was replaced by a purpose built facility within the same grounds in 1995
A rather large meet-up for this one, Mars Lander, Sshhhh…, Proj3ct M4yh3m, PeterC4, Donna, Cowboy55, Kriegaffe9 and myself turned up for this adventure. It turned out to be an interesting explore, plenty of natural decay and although there was some vandalism and signs metal theft this was quite limited. The chequered room had to be a highlight, as well as the grand hall for some cool group shots. The ‘Ivy Room’ was an impressive sight.
Sometimes it’s nice to have a bit of fun with some images too…..
If you liked this report please check out Proj3ctM4yh3m's Ivy Hospital report too.