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Footprint of the ward of Killingbeck Smallpox Hospital


Footprint of the ward of Killingbeck Smallpox Hospital
Description:
5th January 2008. Image shows a flat, grassed area where the footprint of the ward of Killingbeck Smallpox Hospital can be clearly seen surrounded by trees and brambles. A decision was taken in 1912, to build a separate, small Smallpox Hospital as the main hospital building was to be converted to a sanatorium for the treatment of Tuberculosis. The site chosen for the Smallpox Hospital was that of Killingbeck Farm, which had, at one time, supplied Killingbeck and Seacroft hospitals with eggs and poultry. The incidence of smallpox declined and no cases were admitted there after 1931.

User Comments:

Name:
colin_sutcliffe@sky.com

Comment:
I was about ten years of age in 1944 when I was admitted to Killingbeck Hospital with pneaumonia and scarlet fever,and at the time remembered little because I was later told that I was in a coma like condition and not expected to survive. This was during world war two and my father was serving with the Royal Navy in the North Atlantic on Supply Ship escort duty,and that same day his ship had returned to Gosport for refuelling and servicing.Because of my critical state he was granted a forty eight hour pass to visit me.That same night the Naval Barracks at Gosport were bombed by Luftwaffe aircraft and all his shipmates perished.I only have clear memories of later regaining conciousness and the ward sister telling us boys that as we regained strength we were expected to clean and polish the ward floors.We found the heavy metal based polish pads on long swivel poles (known as bumpers)beyond our physical capabilities,so we resorted to pulling each other around on spare blankets which had the desired effect.We were later caught in the act and given a formal caution. The treatment I was given left me fit and well and now (2009)I am still cycling and motorcycling ,gardening and caring for my wife of fifty four years.Well done Killingbeck from a grateful patient.

Date:
27-Nov-2009

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Name:
John M Garnett

Comment:
Much of the level concrete foundation floor lies just below the thin vegetation cover. The floor is shown when building in 1914 in photographs of references [2002515_6259424] and [2002515_74464053].

Date:
03-Feb-2010

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Name:
Stuart Duffy

Comment:
I remember the buildings when I was a child. It was known as the Annex. It was fenced off.

Date:
09-Oct-2013

Email:
daniel-stuart.duffy@sky.com

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