Winsley Sanatorium

Winsley, Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire
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In the 1890s a consortium of health officers from the counties of Wiltshire, Somerset, Gloucestershire and Bristol decided that the old quarries at Murhill, Winsley would be the ideal place to site a hospital for the treatment of tuberculosis (TB).

The choice was because at that time it was thought that plenty of fresh air would be the main part of a cure and the location, high on the hill facing into the prevailing weather, would fulfill the need. Rich people had long sought the pure air of the Alps or Cote d’Azur.

Building of the hospital began in 1903 and it opened in 1905 and it was enlarged in 1911. It ceased treating tuberculosis in 1977, but continued as a hospital for a few more years. The hospital buildings and some new ones as well have become the Avon Park retirement village.

Winsley Sanatorium, now Avon Park retirement "village"

 


The buildings of the former sanatorium are now used by Avon Park.

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Dr Lionel WeatherleyDr Lionel Alexander Weatherly MD, MRCS (1852-1940) was the son of Frederick, a surgeon in Portishead, Somerset. He was instrumental in the setting up of the sanatorium and continued in charge until 1907, when he became Superintendant of Bailbrook House in Bath. He was a prolific writer of medical books and articles.

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Winsley Sanatorium from the airAn aerial photograph of Winsley Sanatorium, or Chest Hospital, on a postcard. The title gives the location as “Limpley Stoke, Somerset”, but it really was in Winsley and both are in Wiltshire!

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Drawing of the Winsley Sanatorium 1975A drawing of the sanatorium by Grace Barton in 1974 belonged to the hospital and was given to Bradford Museum with various other objects by its last Administrator.

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Chamber pot, Winsley SanatoriumThe chamber pot is one of a batch that was purchased when the Winsley Sanatorium opened in 1905.

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Two copies of magazines that were produced by the patients of the hospital .

Patients' magazine, Winsley SanatoriumPatients' magazine, Winsley Sanatorium

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