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Gaz thanks for that
Bit off thread but I used to go to a friends house on the back of his bike during our lunch break from Beeches road School to his house on Queslet Road, we used to cook chips and his name was Robert . This would have been 1959/1960.After reading this account I asked my mother about it as she lived on the Queslett Road from 1948-1960. She recalls this story from around 1952-1953, as she and her friends were warned about going near the hospital.
Hi , I know your post is quite old but I have just joined and have been looking for information on the patients . My great grandmother was an patient there apparently, Nellie Redfern . I was wondering if you knew her xx thanks in advanceHi, I came across this site when I was just browsing looking for old photos of St Margarets Hospital to show my children. Find it really interesting as I nursed at St Margarets from 1977 to 1985. I remember my first time of going there as a newly qualified nursery nurse and being interviewed in the room below the clock tower. I was absolutely petrified..........it turned out to be the most rewarding job I have ever had. It actually was a town of its own, everything you needed was on site. Most of the staff there were very commited to their posts and had the clients best interests at heart and did there best in difficult circumstances. I worked on various wards on the male side and the female side but mostly on Chase and Derby ward which were the childrens units. Also in the newly built school. The story about the murder of the lady by the gardener was true, I actually worked with Joseph Birch (Jo), of course by then he was a very frail elderly gentleman. Also a young lad from Chase ward did manage to get out through a window during the night and drowned in the lake on site. Things were very different then, health and safety weren't the big issues they are now. I often go back to visit my dad who lives in Great Barr, as I live in wales now and always have a drive up the main entrance. Its very hard to imagine it now as it was then. So many stories could be told, I could go on and on. Just makes me wonder where all the poor souls are now. Would be lovely to be in touch with other people who worked there, as I'm sure they will agree it was the sort of place that had a huge impact on your life.
GG you might seen myself on thereMartin there is a facebook page on St Margaret's but they only allow people on there who have connections with the old hospital. I am on there because my Aunt Phyllis was a nurse there for many years. You could private message one of them. This is a photo of Aunt Phyllis in her nurses uniform.