Banstead Hospital

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Banstead Hospital
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Banstead Hospital
Banstead Hospital is located in London Borough of Sutton
Banstead Hospital
Location within Sutton
Geography
LocationBelmont, Sutton, London, England, United Kingdom
Coordinates51°20′08″N 0°11′23″W / 51.3355°N 0.1897°W / 51.3355; -0.1897Coordinates: 51°20′08″N 0°11′23″W / 51.3355°N 0.1897°W / 51.3355; -0.1897
Organisation
Care systemNHS England
Hospital typeMental health
Services
Emergency departmentNo Accident & Emergency
History
Founded1877
Closed1986
Links
ListsHospitals in England

Banstead Hospital, also known as Banstead Asylum, was a psychiatric hospital in the village of Belmont, Sutton.

History[edit]

The hospital was commissioned by the Middlesex Court of Magistrates, as the Third Middlesex County Asylum. The hospital was designed by Frederick Hyde Pownall[1] and opened with accommodation for 1,700 patients in 1877.[2] Two more blocks were added in 1881, and in 1889 it came under the auspices of London County Council.[3] Spurs to two of the blocks, based on a design by George Thomas Hine,[4] were added in 1893.[2]

The facility became the Banstead Mental Hospital in 1918 and, after a nurses' home was added in 1931, it became Banstead Hospital in 1937.[2] It joined the National Health Service in 1948.[2] In 1967 it split into the Downview Hospital, a facility for adult mental disorders, and the Freedown Hospital, a facility for tuberculosis treatment.[2] It closed in 1986 and was largely demolished in 1989.[2] The site is now occupied by HM Prison High Down.[2]

Notable patients[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Obituary". The Tablet. 9 March 1907. p. 25.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Banstead Hospital". Lost Hospitals of London. Retrieved 27 May 2018.
  3. ^ Sparkes, Roland (2009) Belmont: A Century Ago.
  4. ^ "The asylum architects". Simon Cornwell. Retrieved 27 May 2018.
  5. ^ "The Lady in the Van" (PDF). The Script Savant. Retrieved 18 October 2019.

Further reading[edit]

  • Edwards, Gareth (1959). The Story of Belmont Hospital 1853-1959.