Thorpe Coombe Hospital

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Thorpe Coombe Hospital
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Thorpe Coombe Hospital
Thorpe Coombe Hospital is located in London Borough of Waltham Forest
Thorpe Coombe Hospital
Location within Waltham Forest
LocationWalthamstow, London, England, United Kingdom
Coordinates51°35′27″N 0°00′28″W / 51.5907°N 0.0079°W / 51.5907; -0.0079Coordinates: 51°35′27″N 0°00′28″W / 51.5907°N 0.0079°W / 51.5907; -0.0079
Care systemNational Health Service
Emergency departmentNo

Thorpe Coombe Hospital was a psychiatric hospital and former maternity hospital in Walthamstow, London.


Walthamstow Borough Council acquired a mansion called North Bank which had been owned by Octavius Wigram for the purposes of establishing a maternity hospital in 1929.[1][2][3] The hospital was opened by Dame Janet Campbell, a leading physician, in April 1934.[3] As a maternity hospital it had circa 70 beds.[1] It joined the National Health Service in 1948.[3] It ceased maternity facilities in 1973 and was subsequently used as a nurses' home, then a treatment centre for Alzheimer's disease patients and latterly as a mental health facility.[3]

The hospital closed in 2017, and parts of the site were demolished to make way for a new health centre, known as the Jane Atkinson Health and Wellbeing Centre, which opened in November 2019.[4]


  1. ^ a b "History: Thorpe Coombe Hospital". East London and West Essex Guardian Series. 27 February 2012. Retrieved 1 July 2018.
  2. ^ "Your Story: The Forest Group of Hospitals". BBC. Retrieved 1 July 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d "Thorpe Coombe Maternity Hospital". Lost Hospitals of London. Retrieved 1 July 2018.
  4. ^ "Opening of the new Jane Atkinson Health and Wellbeing Centre – Monday 11 November 2019". North East London NHS Foundation Trust. Retrieved 24 March 2020.