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Wagon Lane, Sheldon, Isolation Hospital

Dennis Williams

Proud Brummie
Have lived all my seventy five years in Yardley and Stechford....and played footer here in the late 40s and early 50s....King George V Playing fields, Wagon Lane ....but looking at an old map of our area recently...saw this and had no idea that there was once an Isolation Hospital there....and there seems to be nothing about it on the net....has anyone got info on it...?
Isolation Hospital Wagon Lane Map 1889.jpeg Wagon Lane google.jpeg Wagon Lane Green Acres google now.jpeg Wagon Lane Hospital 1945-47 Map.jpeg
 

Astoness

TRUE BRUMMIE MODERATOR
Staff member
hi ya dennis hope you are well..isnt it amazing that we never stop learning about the history of areas we lived...ive been researching my old end for years and still finding out things...now the first thing to do is try and find out when your hospital vanished...yet another mystery to solve

lyn
 

Dennis Williams

Proud Brummie
Yo lyn....still muddling along.....no idea when it disappeared...60s I would guess....don't know where to look for more info......glad to see you are still giving it some welly on here!
 

mikejee

Super Moderator
Staff member
In the 1888 OS map it is called the Solihull Union Hospital, which suggests to me it was originally a workhouse. By the 1905 map it is listed as an isolation hospital, and is still listed as that in the 1919 map, but with disused added. In 1938 the building is still there, but not named. In 1953 it appears to be a school, though with some alteration. It now appears tonhave been demolished and is part of the playing fields, though possibly part ofnthe site is incorporated into the housing
 

pjmburns

master brummie
The earliest map I have found so far is 1888 which shows Solihull Union Hospital marked. By 1905 it was an Isolation Hospital. It is not marked on 1938 map although I think the buildings are still there.

snap Mike - posting at same time
 

Dennis Williams

Proud Brummie
In the 1888 OS map it is called the Solihull Union Hospital, which suggests to me it was originally a workhouse. By the 1905 map it is listed as an isolation hospital, and is still listed as that in the 1919 map, but with disused added. In 1938 the building is still there, but not named. In 1953 it appears to be a school, though with some alteration. It now appears tonhave been demolished and is part of the playing fields, though possibly part ofnthe site is incorporated into the housing
Can I see your map pretty please? The 1888 one?
 

Radiorails

master brummie
The map seems to show the place in Union Lane - Union Lane named after the hospital or the other way around? In fact a modern map suggests it is very much where the present hospital is.
 

glassalli

knowlegable brummie
The buildings where by the entrance to Wagon Lane Park opposite Keswick Rd. The last building was used for changing rooms, on the picture you can just see the concrete base of one building, demolished about twenty years
 

Phil

Gone, but not forgotten.
From what I can find out (very little) this hospital started out as Solihull Union Hospital so it is my guess at that time it was linked to Solihull Union Workhouse Union Rd Solihull. It later became Solihull & Yardley Isolation Hospital (fever hospital) even later it became Birmingham Corporation Isolation Hospital, by 1938 it was out of use and by 1950 it had gone. I've only bothered adding this little bit of information as it might help someone else in their search.
 

pjmburns

master brummie
I suspect that because the land was originally in Solihull it was decided to place and isolation unit out there away from the main hospital which was where the current Solihull Hospital is.
 

Paul Simpson

knowlegable brummie
Hi, not sure this is relevant, but in 1968, I joined the Midland Cycling and Athletic Club, based in what was called the Henwood Lane Institute, Catherine-de-Barnes, Solihull.
This was next to the Isolation Hospital, Smallpox if I remember.
Sure it was something to do at some time with Olton Hospital, remember Mother saying someone she knew went in there after the war?
 
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Radiorails

master brummie
In the markets thread one or two posters suggest how confusing some of the names and locations are. It seems this thread is going down the same roads (pun intended). :D:D
 

Paul Simpson

knowlegable brummie
In the markets thread one or two posters suggest how confusing some of the names and locations are. It seems this thread is going down the same roads (pun intended). :D:D
I just was saying the Isolation Hospital for this side of Birmingham moved to here, not sure if its the sort of information you want to see.
Im new to the forum
 

pjmburns

master brummie
Lyn - the Solihull Workhouse (I remember some of the buildings!!) was where the hospital is now. There was an isolation unit at Catherine-de-Barnes, #15, which was later used as a Mother and Baby unit. Babies born at Solihull Hospital in the days where Mothers stayed in hospital for a while went to Catherine-de-Barnes to free up beds at the hospital and also it was "in the country". How do I know? I was one of them!! Still doesn't help with the Wagon Lane site.
 
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