Maindiff Court Hospital

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Maindiff Court Hospital
Aneurin Bevan Local Health Board
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Southern entrance lodge
Location Abergavenny, Monmoutshire, Wales, United Kingdom
Coordinates 51°50′00″N 2°59′41″W / 51.833218°N 2.994851°W / 51.833218; -2.994851Coordinates: 51°50′00″N 2°59′41″W / 51.833218°N 2.994851°W / 51.833218; -2.994851
Care system Public NHS
Hospital type Community Hospital
Emergency department No Accident & Emergency
Founded 1924
Website Maindiff Court Hospital
Lists Hospitals in Wales

Maindiff Court Hospital is a Community Hospital near Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, operated by the Aneurin Bevan Local Health Board. Maindiff Court's earliest occupants were the Crawshay-Bailey family in the 1870s. Its most noted patient was Rudolph Hess, deputy to Adolf Hitler.


Maindiff Court was built in 1877 by Crawshay Bailey II. The main part of the building has 3-storeys. This has a 2-storey porch with a single storey portico extending from it, headed by a balustrade and supported on Corinthian columns. In 1924 the estate was presented to Monmouthshire Asylum Committee becoming Maindiff Court Hospital.[1]

During World War II[edit]

In World War II, the facility was known as Maindiff Court Military Hospital and POW Reception Centre. Half of the site was used for recuperating wounded soldiers.[2]

Rudolf Hess, Hitler's deputy, was held at Maindiff Court from 26 June 1942. Hess had his own room but he was guarded at all times. He was allowed a fair degree of freedom, often being driven about the local countryside. The British government never tried to hide the fact that Hess was being detained in Abergavenny. Indeed, when he first arrived, the staff of the hospital lined up in a formal reception to meet him. the news did feature in many of the national papers of the time.[3] Hess was known locally as the Kaiser of Abergavenny.

Today's hospital[edit]

Hospital entrance.

Maindiff Court today comprises 4 wards, 1 day hospital and an ECT Department which lie within beautifully kept grounds. The original balustrade can be seen leading down to the day hospital.

There are several wards and departments such as Ty Skirrid, a 12-bedded ward for the Gwent-wide forensic rehabilitation service which caters for men and women who have a mental disorder and have offended or are at risk of offending and provides on-going psychiatric treatment. Lindisfarne, a 3-bedded un-staffed unit which is overseen by staff from Ty Skirrid which provides unsupervised semi-independent living prior to discharge.

Hiraeth Day Hospital provides 12 places a day for 5 days a week for the Abergavenny and rural communities. The ECT department provides electroconvulsive therapy treatment facilities, and the Gwent Specialist Substance Misuse Service.


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