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Frog Lane Hospital
Photo: Rev David Long
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Item #: 15947
A painting of the former workhouse when used as a geriatric hospital post-WW2. I understand it was painted by the then Matron, by the name of Nightingale. Post-card prints of it were given to members of staff. This is from one such, Alice Hurst of Lower Ince, via Kath Lowe.

Comment by: Orrellite on 8th October 2010 at 19:05

the picture prompts some real memories of the workhouse in the Forties.
The picture takes some little licence in that the building shown was the inner one,the clock represents the clock tower above the main entrance which was straight off Frog lane there was a build either side of the tower into which the itinerants were accommodated with the building shown being home to the resident families,from memory the large green gate doors were opened about 4.30pm when the itinerants who had gathered along Frog Lane were alloed in this of course was prior to it becoming the Welfare Home in the Fifties.

Comment by: Joan Beckett(Wilding) on 11th October 2010 at 22:03

Was this what they called the workhouse,If so I remember going visiting someone in there very grim place it was

Comment by: SJB on 23rd October 2010 at 14:23

It was still essentially a workhouse after the second world war David, as my late Aunt and Uncle were forced to go in around 1950

Comment by: JOAN WRIGHT on 23rd May 2011 at 21:02

I worked at this hospital in the days of Matron Walsh.She did not paint this picture but an auxillary nurse named Purdy did.
It was a good place to work and we actually had coal fires in the winter.I have nothing but happy memories but do realise why people hated the place. I remember both Alice and Margaret Hurst. If any one wishes to contact me then I would only be happy to answer questions Eg why are flowers paintes beneath the window on the upper floor to the right?

Comment by: JOAN WHITTLE on 31st May 2011 at 17:37

i HAVE JUST RE READ ONE OF THE COMMENTS RE THE NAME NIGHTINGALE.I WENT TO WORK THERE IN OCT 1966. THE MATRON WAS MOLLY WALSH. THE STAFF ON THE FEMALE WARD UPSTAIRS WAS ANNIE McDONOUGH ,MARY BIERNE,MARY O'NEILL,JENNIE BAXENDALE,GLADY'S ASHURT PLUS OTHERS. dOWN WITH THE MALE WASRD WAS SEN NIGHTINGALE [FLORENCE OR NIGHTY FOR SHORT] SEN SMITH, ALICE HURST AND MYSELF. WE HAD 2 MALE STAFF NAMELY JIM AND JOHN.SOMEWHERE I HAVE A PHOTOGRAPH WHICH I WILL POST ONTO THE SITE WHEN I FIND IT. THERE WERE ALSO ANOTHER HOUSE FOR THE DOWN ON THEIR LUCK MALES. THIS WAS THE LORD GEORGE ON THE CORNER OF DARLINTON ST .

Comment by: Tina on 10th May 2013 at 19:09

does anyone recall working here during the ww2? my father was ecavuated as a young lad and ended up in what he called "a hospital" in frog lane, wondering if anyone has any recollection as he remembers other lads were there too,and has fond memories of the teachers there.

Comment by: Joan wright on 18th May 2014 at 19:28

I know that A. McDonough and someone by the surname of Murphy. They worked with children there. The later was a children's nurse. The first one has died and don't know about the latter.

Comment by: carol nicol on 7th November 2014 at 17:48

Hiya I wonder if anyone knows of my great grandfather who worked in the boiler room at frog lane hospital in the 40s he subsequently died in there in 1948 but one of the messages on this site mention a woman called baxendale and on one of the bits of information I have it tells me that my great grandfather was living in a house with lots of people witch included a couple of women called baxendale. Any info would be great.

Comment by: Joan Wright on 20th December 2014 at 21:37

The lady you mention Carol is Jenny Baxendale. She lived within walking distance.

Comment by: Roy Fisher on 11th February 2015 at 18:50

My mother,Molly fisher, and my sister,May Melling,worked here during the war years

Comment by: carol nicol on 18th April 2015 at 22:42

Hiya Joan thanks for answering my question,my great granddad was called John William Powell, he was living at 9 Springfield street with his youngest son, who was called Thomas, Thomas was in his late 40s, also in the house was, James and john baxendale, Dorothy ramsdale, jean and john whittle, I think they may all be staff from the hospital. Hopefully you can help me, and any info on John William Powell. Thanks

Comment by: Joan Wright nee Whittle on 2nd December 2016 at 19:47

I became the new owner of this painting today following the sad death of its original owner Mary Laithwaite

Comment by: mrs P HOEY on 8th August 2018 at 16:07

Hi joan,so glad mary left you the picture
My mum deie(bridget)mchugh and mary always called you little joan,and spoke of the times you worked together on getiatric wards.lovely memoried.thanks for photos you sent me of those times.hope you are keeping well x

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