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Chelmsley Hospital

Pat56

master brummie
Does anyone have pictures of this hospital?
Does anyone know if records exist anywhere of nursing staff from the 1940 period?

I am trying to trace the working life of my mother and would like to establish if she worked at Marston Green Hospital , Chelmsley Hospital or perhaps both (I believe they were next to each other). I have some evidence to suggest she was at MG and evidence that she did work with the mentally ill (the link with Chelmsley). I have read the long MG thread but cannot find anything similar on Chelmsley Hospital.

Any snippets of info welcome.

Thanks
 

pjmburns

master brummie
Any 1940 records would still be subject to the 100 year rule - this means they would be considered closed and so not open for viewing. That said, I don't know if any records exist. Try National Archives
 

pjmburns

master brummie
Chelmsley Hospital was formerly Coleshill Hall Mental Hospital and I am trying to find when the name changed. The records, those which exist, seem to be at Warwick Archives.
 

Alberta

Super Moderator
Staff member
Chelmsley hospital and Coleshill Hall Mental Hospital were seperate institutions.
Chelmsley Hospital was in Marston Green . my son worked there in the 70s and I volunteered there.
Coleshill Hall Mental hospital was housed in Coleshill Hall which was housed in the Hall which is on the Birmingham Road, Coleshill and is now Coleshill Manor business complex.
Before Chelmsley became a mental hospital it was an orphanage.
it was Coleshill Cottage homes for pauper children, address Marston Green, Coleshill.
Houses are now built on the site.
Marston Green was built in 1940 as a Canadian hospital for Canadian serviceman.It became a Maternity hospital in 1948 and is now a housing estate.
 
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pjmburns

master brummie
Thanks Alberta - when I did a search a history of workhouses suggested that Coleshill mental hospital site later became Chelmsley Hospital. Obviously that was an error.
 

Pat56

master brummie
Thank you both.

Alberta, I have noticed that you have chipped in with your info about Chelmsley Hospital in several threads, when doing so have you come across any additional detail about the hospital? I don't seem to be able find anything myself.
 

Pat56

master brummie
Copy of Nurse photo 3 (2).JPG
Alberta, do you recognise this building as part of CH?
I think the external stair/fire escape must be a bit of a give away!
 

Alberta

Super Moderator
Staff member
Pat, I don't recognise that photo and I can't imagine it being part of CH because the hospital was made up of very large houses each given the name of a flower or plant.
None of the buildings were 4 floors high like the building in the photo.
Marston Green was made up of single storey prefabricated buildings.
 

Pat56

master brummie
Well that's intriguing!
I didn't think it was MG from the pictures I've seen on the MG thread and that's why I have been looking for pictures of Chelmsley Hospital. Must be somewhere else then!
If you get chance to look at my Marston Green Nurses thread there are a few more photos, buildings don't show so well, but having worked there something might stand out to you.
Was there nurses accommodation at hospitals back then and if so would it be shared by MG and CH seeing as they were next to each other?
 

Alberta

Super Moderator
Staff member
I don't recall any accomodation at MG but Chelmsley had a small 2 storey block flats.
 
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mw0njm.

A Brummie Dude
Chelmsley Hospital. .......I remember going to this hospital. to fix a puncture, (not as a patient,) I got my tools out and started work on the car, when i finished the nurse said do you want a cuppa, so i went inside. when i come out, all my kit was on the floor behind the van. inside was a few patients, asking for a ride. they would not get out.they just sat there:) so I had to get help, to remove them.one said to me "can i have a book with telephone pics in it" I said i am not telecom.bless. then I left. from then 2 of us had to go there if needed again.
 

Lumpammer

master brummie
I don't recall any accomodation at MG but Chelmsley had a small 2 storey block flats.
There was accommodation at MG. There was a 2 storey block for nurses on days, one for nurses on nights, a doctors res, several flats above the staff canteen and a bungalow near to the gate on Berwicks Lane.
 

Deb.L

New Member
Pat, I don't recognise that photo and I can't imagine it being part of CH because the hospital was made up of very large houses each given the name of a flower or plant.
None of the buildings were 4 floors high like the building in the photo.
Marston Green was made up of single storey prefabricated buildings.
It’s the Nurses home
 
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