Warneford Hospital

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Warneford Hospital
Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
Warneford Hospital.jpg
Location Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, United Kingdom
Care system Public NHS
Hospital type Teaching
Affiliated university University of Oxford
Emergency department No Accident & Emergency
Beds 104
Founded 1826
Website http://www.oxfordhealth.nhs.uk
Lists Hospitals in England

The Warneford Hospital is a hospital in east Oxford, England.[1] The Warneford and Littlemore Mental Health Centre are the major mental health hospitals serving Oxford.

The hospital opened as the Oxford Lunatic Asylum in July 1826 and subsequently (but no longer) was named the Radcliffe Lunatic Asylum and then the Warneford Lunatic Asylum. It was designed by Richard Ingleman (1777–1838) and built of Headington stone. The name commemorates the philanthropist Samuel Wilson Warneford.[2]

Warneford Lane, immediately northwest of the hospital, behind the wall on the right.

The hospital is in the suburb of Headington, east of Oxford city centre. It is located on Warneford Lane, which runs between Morrell Avenue and Old Road. It was the first hospital to be based in east Oxford. Almost all of the major Oxford hospitals are now based in Headington.

Warneford Hospital is extensively mentioned in the book Dark Clouds Gather by Katy Sara Culling about mental illness.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Hibbert, Christopher, ed. (1988). "Warnford Hospital". The Encyclopaedia of Oxford. Macmillan. pp. 491–492. ISBN 0-333-39917-X. 
  2. ^  Lee, Sidney, ed. (1899). "Warneford, Samuel Wilson". Dictionary of National Biography. 59. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 
  3. ^ Culling, Katy Sara (2011). Dark Clouds Gather. Chipmunkapublishing. ISBN 978-1847476678. 

Coordinates: 51°45′03″N 1°13′21″W / 51.75083°N 1.22250°W / 51.75083; -1.22250