Recollections of Hill End Videos

Recollections of the hospital by a former patient

By Fred Weil

Anderson Ward
Recollections of Anderson Ward
Grafton Ward and the Padded Cell
Recollections of Grafton Ward and the Padded Cell
A tour of the grounds
Huxley Ward
Recollections of Huxley Ward
Janner Ward
Recollections of Janner Ward
Laundry and Chapel
Recollections of the Laundry and the Chapel
Main Entrance
Recollections of the Main Entrance
A tour of the shelters
Other Wards and the Art Room
More wards and the art room
Woodwork Shop
Recollections of the Woodwork Shop
A series of still photographs

These videos were made following the closure of the hospital.

This page was added on 18/05/2010.

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  • I was a victim of the adolescent unit in the early 80s, I’m amazed how anyone has got a good word to say about this place, where children was abused and I should imagine it wasn’t a very nice place for adults either. The word CULT comes to mind, thank god it was shut down.

    By Andy Mitchell (08/12/2017)
  • My recollection of this place was nothing but hell, my mum had a break down and ended up in this hell hole, she was given electric shock treatment to the brain, so when me and my younger sister got to visit her, she would be slumped in a chair, dribbling, she didnt even know we were there.. We was 6&9 yrs of age at the time. When I was older my mum told me the staff interfere with her. This still haunts me.

    By Anon (16/04/2017)
  • My Mum was badly burned when whe was nearly 12years of age. She was addmitted to Hill End Hospital, and received treatment there over a period of 3years, from approx 1943 – 1946 She can remember the soldiers who were there, who were badly injured, and she can recall a soldier having his nose built up. In all my mum had over 300 stitches with her skin grafts. Hopefully my brother and i are going to take my Mum to where the hospital stood, all those years ago. My Mum will be 80yrs of age this year. She cannot remember any names of the Dr’s or nurses, but she said Christmas was lovely, and she was really spoilt. She can also remember shows being put on at the hospital.

    By Mrs Patricia Burkert (16/05/2012)
  • Some of the wards were taken over for military casualties during WW2 I was told by a nursing officer ( Mr. Lewis) Grafton got its name because it was for burns patients were nursed there and some of the early skin grafts were performed on R.A.F. pilots who became known as “the Guinea pigs”

    By Tony (18/04/2011)