Sometimes I get an email which reminds me of forgotten photographs never shared. I don’t mean ancient black and white ones hidden in boxes, but digital photos I’ve taken and for one reason or another never put online. Here’s a few of the old ‘Fever Hospital’ on Huntington Road, near Yearsley Bridge. The photos were taken in November 2004.
Back in 2004 I just popped along here and took a few pictures, and then forgot about the place. As did most of us, apparently. One letter in the local paper, on 11 September 2008, marked its demolition.
Perhaps the associations with illness meant few people were sad to see these buildings demolished. In any case, it appears that they’re gone. I can’t find many photos online, so these belong here in this online place of mine. Better late than never. Someone somewhere will be interested sometime.
The earliest hospital buildings were constructed in 1879-81. They featured cast-iron verandas, where it seems the patients would sit taking in the fresh air. In the early years the patients were mainly those suffering from scarlet fever, a few had smallpox. The hospital also housed patients with typhoid and diphtheria. It was enlarged over time and by the 1930s and 1940s patients with many other infectious diseases were treated here.
It became part of the NHS in 1948 and was renamed Yearsley Bridge Hospital.
Yearsley Bridge Hospital closed in 1976 when the city’s new District Hospital opened on Wigginton Road. The buildings were adapted for other uses, and known as the Huntington Road Day Centre.
Photo of Yearsley Bridge Hospital in about 1932, showing the verandas more clearly (from www.imagineyork.co.uk)
It would be nice to hear from anyone who remembers the buildings in use.
Links, more info
The information on the hospital’s history came from From County Hospital to NHS Trust: The History and Archives of NHS Hospitals, Services and Management in York, 1740-2000, Vol 1, by Katherine A Webb (Borthwick Publications, 2002) pp137-147 – read online
The planning application documents for the redevelopment of the site include a bat survey report from 2007 which includes photos of the building, and may be of interest to anyone researching its history.
Photos taken during demolition in 2008, including interior – from Urbex Leeds