St James' Hospital, Portsmouth

Coordinates: 50°47′47″N 1°03′00″W / 50.79644°N 1.05006°W / 50.79644; -1.05006
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St James' Hospital
Formerly Solent NHS Trust
St James' Hospital
St James' Hospital, Portsmouth is located in Hampshire
St James' Hospital, Portsmouth
Shown in Hampshire
LocationMilton, Portsmouth, Hampshire, England
Coordinates50°47′47″N 1°03′00″W / 50.79644°N 1.05006°W / 50.79644; -1.05006
Care systemNHS
SpecialityMental health
ListsHospitals in England

St James' Hospital was a mental health facility at Milton, Portsmouth, Hampshire, England. It was managed by Solent NHS Trust. The main structure is a Grade II listed building.[1]


The hospital, which was designed by George Rake in the Gothic Revival style using a dual pavilion layout, opened as the Portsmouth Borough Asylum in September 1879.[2] A sanatorium for the treatment of infectious diseases was completed in 1879 and the wards were extended in 1895.[2] Four detached villas, designed by Albert Cogswell, were added in 1908.[2] It became the Borough of Portsmouth Mental Hospital in 1914 and was requisitioned for military use during the First World War.[2] After service as an Emergency Medical Service facility during the Second World War, it joined the National Health Service as St James' Hospital in 1948.[3]

After the introduction of Care in the Community in the early 1980s, the hospital went into a period of decline and inpatient services significantly reduced.[2] The land to the south of the hospital was registered as Portsmouth's first town green in 2001.[4] By summer 2018, Solent NHS Trust only retained a small area of the site for mental health services.[5] The site as a whole was marketed for redevelopment and sold to a property developer in January 2019.[6]


  1. ^ Historic England. "St James Hospital and attached piers and lamp posts (1103820)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 18 April 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d e "St James' Hospital". County Asylums. Retrieved 19 April 2019.
  3. ^ "St James' Hospital, Portsmouth". National Archives. Retrieved 19 April 2019.
  4. ^ "St James' Hospital". Hampshire Gardens Trust. Retrieved 19 April 2019.
  5. ^ "St James' Hospital site in Portsmouth goes on sale as 'landmark development opportunity'". Portsmouth News. 6 July 2018. Retrieved 19 April 2019.
  6. ^ "Overdevelopment fears as Portsmouth council loses out on buying St James' Hospital site". Portsmouth News. 11 January 2019. Retrieved 19 April 2019.