Children's Ward, Stafford General Infirmary,

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Date:1900 - 1910 (c.)

Description:The foundations of Stafford General Infirmary began in a rented house in Foregate Street in 1766, making it one of the oldest hospitals in the country. Funds were acquired through subscriptions and bequests.

An apothecary, matron and porter were appointed, but local doctors gave their services for free. The infirmary was funded by voluntary annual subscription, patients were admitted on the recommendation of those who made donations. An infirmary cow supplied milk and fruit was provided from the surrounding orchards.

Beds were soon in short supply and some patients had to be lodged elsewhere, so the Corporation granted a five hundred year lease in Foregate for a new infirmary. The £3,000 required was raised by public subscription and the new building, designed by Benjamin Wyatt and Sons, opened in 1772.

Demolition work began on the infirmary building in 1999.


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Donor ref:P84.028.0005 (18/914)

Source: Staffordshire Museum Service

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