Chapel Allerton Hospital
The History: John Hives the owner of a flax mill called Bank Mills on East Street / Cavalier Hill Leeds engaged John Clark the Leeds architect to design and draw up the plans for the new mansion Gledhow Grove 1831/32. Built as Gledhow Grove in the 1830's and was designed by the architect John Clark. In 1926 it opened as a hospital specialising in the fitting of appliances and false limbs to war veterans. It had 5 wards. It was a Ministry of Pensions Hospital and area Hospital. Chapel Allerton Hospital was opened in May 1927 by HRH Princess Mary. It was run by the Ministry of Pensions and cost £130,000. It had two hundred beds and catered for former military personnel who had been injured in the Great War. Its patients came from Yorkshire, East Lancashire, Lincolnshire, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. It replaced the old military hospital at Becketts Park in Leeds. There were two theatres, and x-ray department, massage and electrical department and a bacteriological library. Officers and men had separate wards. With the start of the second world war the hospital was expanded eighteen wards were opened in 1940. The nurses home was also expanded. The hospital passed from the Ministry of Pensions to the Ministry of Health in 1953. A new wing called Newton Green was established in the 1970s away from the old site, and in the early 1990s a new Chapel Allerton Hospital was built alongside Newton Green, with the former buildings being sold off and mainly transformed into housing.
The only Part that remained when we visited in its disused state was the mansion. The interconnected buildings spanning across several floors with an ample bomb shelter basement made for a great explore.
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