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I wonder if you mean Yardley Greeen Road sanatorium ? I remember it as a child, and am told that my grandfather was admitted there often, to deal with his TB problems - I believe all or most of the inmates were TB patients. I don't know about the early 1900s, but when I was a girl it was linked to the East Birmingham Hospital, a general hospital, on Bordesley Green East -now called Heartlands & Solihull Hospital Trust. The rear of the East Birmingham Hosp backed onto Yardley Green Road, so it was in fact just over the road from the sanatorium. I think the Yardley Green Road section became an elderly services/geriatric unit later on, and I'm sure it has been closed down for many years. I'd be surprised if any of the employment records are still around.
I guess this doesn't help you much, but it's maybe a little bit to go on,
sorry I can't help more just now
I'm pretty sure it was also known as The Fever Hospital, I was in there when I was four years old for 17 weeks suffering from diptheria, the photo is how I remember it after all these years, we were wheeled out in our beds which had scarlet blankets under those glass verandahs. It was an "Isolation" hospital, when my parents visited they had to wear gowns and masks. This would be about 1942/43.
My Mom spent months in the fever hospital in Little Bromwich .. she had Diptheria (not once but twice) , she remembers her Dad was not allowed to see her other than strict visiting times and he used to sneak in the grounds and pass her sweeties and treats through the window.
The first time she was admitted , they cut all her hair short (she had lovely auburn curly hair) . it was meant to help reduce her "temperature"??! , she eventually recovered from Diptheria and on her "discharge" she had to pass through a final examination.. her temperature was "up" so she was re-admitted for another couple of weeks.. the second time she was admitted she was very ill but she also had pleurisy , she spent nearly 12 months in there the second time around.
Oh how we remember that place, my wife contracted TB in 1971, well she must of had it a long time before that, as every month,we would when she had as it was in days gone by her coarse, s spend in the general hospital.
Not a lot they could do get married have a child that will sort you it was said but all along it was,nt she had TB in a not nice part of her body at the time married 6 weeks and she was in Yardley grn for 3 months.
i would say Birmingham library you could find out what you,re looking for or has been said nhs archives,i,m sure you,ll find the info.
best of luck dereklcg
Well covered again. My sister spent several weeks in the
complex. She had chicken Pox and developed appedicitus.
Only place was this complex.
I was in the 12th Boy's Brigade and one our lads got very
ill. We were allowed to Parade around the sanitorium area.
I can still see him waving to us. sadly he was dead in a couple
Close by was Alson Road School where I went to. We played
on Belchers Lane Sports field. It had a huge view of the
Later on the whole site became Heartlands Hospital.
I spend a fair ammount of time there now.
Here is another picture of Yardley Green Sanatorium from that gem of a book Old Small Heath by John Bick. Similar day beds but made of metal were used on the Davos Switzerland sanatorium balconies around 1960.
Re Sanitorium in Yardley Road.
I had diptheria in 1938, and spent approx. 8 months in Little Bromwich Fever Hospital, with heart complications,(endo carditis), was told to not exert myself unduly, indeed I proved the Doctors diagnosis was not absolutely on the ball!, as I am now 78 years old and still going strong!, although I did not know it at the time quite a lot of children in the same ward died, so I realize how lucky I was.
Well done Barney. Amazing escape one of your nine
lives spent there.
After all those years I can still feel that cold dull day
in 1956 when the Boy's Brigade of the 12th Batallion
marched around outside those wards and stood to attention
outside our friends ward. He died unfortunately.
Not the happiest day of my life.
In fact claim to fame Alton Douglas the guy who
puts out those books on picture history has a photo
of the Brigade in Belchers Lane Small Heath around 1955.
Thanks for the reply Mike,
Incidentally I was in the 10th B.B. Co. at Moseley Road Methodist Church from 1944 to 1948, ( very happy memories!)
I did not do P.T. or play football because of my medical history, but passed A1 for my National service!!, in the Royal Signals as a Radio Operator, and enjoyed a year in Hong Kong! (coutesy of King George V1),
and now still helping to renovate a 1929 G.W.R. railway coach on the Severn Valley Railway at Bewdley.
now we have found the Severn Valley Railway.
Spent years up and down on it with my Family.
Suggest you write to the Severn Valley Railway
section on your exploits.
The Carriage repair site is at Kidderminster.
Must loook you up when I next vist. That will
be in the Spring time.