Saturday, 8 June 2013

Sepia Saturday 180: hospitals

I was a bit torn for this week's Sepia Saturday as to whether to theme on trains or hospitals but eventually decided on hospitals, as I have blogged on trains several times before.

Vintage postcard of Cambridge Hospital, Aldershot
Vintage postcard of Cambridge Hospital, Aldershot

Vintage postcard of St. Peter's Hospital, Bristol
Vintage postcard of St. Peter's Hospital, Bristol

Vintage postcard of the Hospital Gate, Cirencester Abbey
Vintage postcard of the Hospital Gate, Cirencester Abbey

Vintage postcard of Herriot's Hospital, Edinburgh
Vintage postcard of Herriot's Hospital, Edinburgh

Vintage postcard of Greenwich Hospital
Vintage postcard of Greenwich Hospital

And finally, whilst on the hospital theme, here's the Outpatients Entrance of an abandoned hospital somewhere in London, near Russell Square from memory, that I found when I was out Urban Wandering through London a few months ago.

Old hospital, near Russell Square, London
Old hospital, near Russell Square, London

As usual 100's more vintage postcards can be found on my web site, and for anyone interesting in my Urban Wandering then pop over to my In Search of Space blog.

    

11 comments:

  1. What a wonderful collection.

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  2. St. Peter's Hospital is certainly a visual surprise as it looks nothing like one would expect a hospital to look. It's more like a lovely inn.

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  3. These hospitals certainly have a lot more character than any hospital I have ever seen in Australia.

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  4. The last one looks like sailing ships, on the waters towards the hospital? Nice array here again as usual

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  5. Those Thames barges are clearly racing,so I wondered...and found this at Wikipadia...."The barges' performance was perfected through the annual sailing matches, in which they competed for trophies and cash prizes. The matches are credited with encouraging improvements in design, leading to the craft's highly efficient final form. They were begun in 1863 by a wealthy owner called Henry Dodd. Dodd was a plough boy from Hackney, London, who made his fortune carrying the city's waste to the country on the barges. He may well have been the model for Charles Dickens' character the Golden Dustman, in Our Mutual Friend. On his death in 1881, Dodd left £5000 for future match prizes. The Thames and Medway barge matches were discontinued in 1963."....

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    1. Thanks Nigel. Always so much more to a picture than meets the eye.

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  6. I remember seeing that "Outpatients Entrance" photo on your other blog - an excellent shot.

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  7. Quite a variety of styles. Herriot's loks more like a castle than a hospital.

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  8. A good medley. It's interesting to see how institutions have different styles. I don't think any hospitals in the U.S. have continuity with old architectural traditions anymore. The Thames barge race must have been exciting to watch in the days when the river was crowded with shipping.

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  9. A fascinating collection - my favourite probably St. Peter's in Bristol as it certainly looks nothing like my image of a hospital, but more like, as others have said, an inn. Heriot's in Edinburgh is now George Heriot's - one of the prestigious private day schools in the city.

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  10. I'm surprised that there are so many postcards of hospitals.

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