Warneford Hospital

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Warneford Hospital
Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
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Warneford Hospital
Warneford Hospital is located in Oxfordshire
Warneford Hospital
Shown in Oxfordshire
LocationOxford, Oxfordshire, England, United Kingdom
Coordinates51°45′03″N 1°13′21″W / 51.75083°N 1.22250°W / 51.75083; -1.22250Coordinates: 51°45′03″N 1°13′21″W / 51.75083°N 1.22250°W / 51.75083; -1.22250
Care systemPublic NHS
Hospital typeTeaching
Affiliated universityUniversity of Oxford
Emergency departmentNo Accident & Emergency
ListsHospitals in England

The Warneford Hospital is a hospital providing mental health services at Headington in east Oxford, England.[1] It is managed by the Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust.


The hospital opened as the Oxford Lunatic Asylum in July 1826.[2] It was designed by Richard Ingleman (1777–1838) and built of Headington stone.[3] The name commemorates the philanthropist Samuel Wilson Warneford.[4] It was renamed the Warneford Hospital in 1843[2] and extended by J.C. Buckler in 1852 and by William Wilkinson in 1877.[3]

The hospital originally charged fees for treatment of middle class patients with a fund eventually being set up for the care of poor patients. Men and women were originally segregated on different sides of the hospital with this practice continuing into the 1950s.[5]

Warneford Hospital was extensively mentioned in the book Dark Clouds Gather written by Katy Sara Culling about mental illness and published in 2011.[6]

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  1. ^ Hibbert, Christopher, ed. (1988). "Warnford Hospital". The Encyclopaedia of Oxford. Macmillan. pp. 491–492. ISBN 0-333-39917-X.
  2. ^ a b "Warneford Hospital, Oxford". National Archives. Retrieved 20 September 2018.
  3. ^ a b Historic England. "Warneford Hospital (1245464)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 20 September 2018.
  4. ^ Lee, Sidney, ed. (1899). "Warneford, Samuel Wilson" . Dictionary of National Biography. 59. London: Smith, Elder & Co.
  5. ^ "Warneford". Oxford Archives. Retrieved 20 September 2018.
  6. ^ Culling, Katy Sara (2011). Dark Clouds Gather. Chipmunka Publishing. ISBN 978-1847476678.