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2nd Northern General Hospital, Beckett's Park, Training College


2nd Northern General Hospital, Beckett
Description:
Undated, The teacher training college at Beckett's Park was built in 1913. During the First World War it was converted to a military hospital. It was officially called the 2nd Northern General Hospital but was more commonly referred to as Beckett's Park Hospital. There were 3200 beds and the hospital treated 57,200 soldiers between 1914 to 1918. The hospital was gradually returned to educational uses until the outbreak of the Second World War when it was used to treat the Dunkirk wounded. The college is now part of Leeds Metropolitan University.

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Jan Clatworthy

Comment:
My Grandfather, Joseph Caton of Redcar, NRY,was in the MGC in WW1. He had both legs amputated during the battle of the Somme, and was sent to recuperate at Beckett's Park. My Gran, Flora Scott of Burmantofts, was a 'Sick visitor' and on first sight of her, he announced that 'that was the girl he was going to marry', and despite his double amputation,in 1924, he did!

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David Stott

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I used to play in the grounds of the university as a child in the 70's. I studied at the university from 1993 to 2000. As a child I remember my grandfather telling me that the position of the tress (now almost all gone) that are planted on the common were placed strategically to represent the position of british soldiers in a great battle that took place hundreds of years ago. Sadly, I cannot remember the name of the battle. I think it may have been Waterloo?

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Pat Burns

Comment:
My brother did his teacher training in the late 60's at this College and recently his daugher my niece had an interview there.

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npburns@btinternet.com

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Name:
BarryTebb

Comment:
I was a student-main English-1961-64.What I really wanted to do with my life was to become a writer and Becket Park staff greatly encouraged me.I now,at 65,direct Sixties Press and have written and edited dozens of books and pamphlets but Becket Park remains my alma mater.

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sixtiespress@blueyonder.co.uk

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Alan Muddiman

Comment:
It was in this hospital that my great uncle by marriage, John Henry Brickmann died in 1916. He had married into my family in 1894, a german seaman who fell in love, married and stayed in Middlesbrough. However, he seems to have been interned at the outbreak of war, but I cannot find out where. His death certificate records his place of death as the 2nd Northern General Hospital Leeds.

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the.muddiman@fsmail.net

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Name:
George Wigglesworth

Comment:
Various of my aunts and uncles trained there about the time of the first wold war. Maud Coates, George Glegg, Lily Hoyle.

Date:
17-Feb-2009

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dave roche

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I lived on the campus during the 60's and 70's ( my father was a lecturer and residential tutor) and yes the trees on the city of leeds and carnegie college estate were laid out to reflect the battle formations of the british belgium and french armies at Waterloo .

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08-Jan-2010

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Name:
Ron Davies

Comment:
In relation to David Stotts comment, the trees representing the position of the troops during the Battle of Waterloo are still there, they are the clusters of trees to be found in the public park adjacent to the college grounds.

Date:
29-Jan-2010

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rondavies66@googlemail.com

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Robin Murray

Comment:
My father David Murray was playing in the R.A.M.C.band in 1940 at a dance at Becketts Park Training College where he met my mother.In 1949 we moved to the Becketts Park estate and I spent most of my youth playing in the college grounds where there is a monument to Queen Victoria hidden in the woods to comemerate the opening of Leeds Town Hall

Date:
27-Jan-2011

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robinmurray1@btinternet.com

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Name:
David Stott

Comment:
The Building on the left of the photograph is/was known as Cavendish Hall and housed the Faculty of Law where I trained to become a Solicitor. I remember also at middle school coming here to have swimming and gymnastic lessons (there is/was a swimming pool in the annexures behind the main building). I found the buildings and grounds very calming for some reason. I remember the monument to QV too. If I recall rightly it was relocated here as it was originally positioned somewhere in front of the Town Hall. There also used to be several statues of lions carved out of yellow-ish stone which would have appeared in the foreground to this picture and the building to the left which you cannot see, mounted on a small wall running along the edge of the road. These didn't survive the harshness of the elements - I remember they were quite corroded, and that was in the late 70's.

Date:
20-Apr-2011

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Name:
Richard Wilcocks

Comment:
Using letters, documents and images found in local archives and libraries, we intend to compile material for an illustrated publication on the No 2 Northern General Hospital, which operated during the First World War, and which used the buildings of what is currently the Beckett's Park campus of Leeds Metropolitan University, situated in Headingley, Leeds. The publication will be timed to appear during the seventh Headingley LitFest, in March 2014, when a dramatic production would take place, based on its contents. Research will be co-ordinated by the LitFest, in partnership with Leeds University's Legacies of War Project. If you can help us in any way (are you a descendant of a patient or of someone who worked there?) please contact headingleyhospital@gmail.com

Date:
17-Dec-2012

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headingleyhospital@gmail.com

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Name:
Richard Wilcocks

Comment:
Headingley LitFest is currently building up a store of information on the wartime hospital at Beckett's Park, and we have specific details for a number of doctors (RAMC), nurses, VADs and others. There are, though, many gaps because most of the records have been lost or destroyed. We would be very grateful if you could help us. We are particularly interested in letters, diaries, reminiscences and (of course) photos. See www.headingleyhospital.org

Date:
14-Aug-2013

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headingleyhospital@gmail.com

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Name:
Carole McCulloch (Atkinson)

Comment:
I did my Post Graduate Certificate of Education, the teaching qualification, here in 1974/5. At that time it must have been associated with Leeds University as that's on my certificate.

Date:
11-Apr-2016

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Name:
Chris Hough

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My dad was in the RAMC and was evacuated to Leeds from Dunkirk He was based here when he met my mother Despite having only a little time together they stayed in touch throughout the war and were married in Leeds in 1946 My daughter was a student at Leeds Met from 2005 to 2009 and graduated from here

Date:
19-Apr-2016

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