As many of know, and some remember, Rothwell had its own hospital, St Georges which was closed down in 1991, but at one point Rothwell actually had two hospitals, the second being Haigh Hospital which was closed in 1981.
The Haigh Hospital was built in 1902 by the Rothwell, Methley and Hunslet Joint Isolation Hospital Committee which was instituted under the Isolation Hospitals Act 1893. In 1948 it was placed in the Leeds B Group Hospital Management Committee and was used as a half way house for geriatric patients. Since 1970 it was attached to St George’s for administrative purposes.
Here are a few images of the hospital.
The above picture shows the main entrance to the Haigh Hospital, Rothwell, Leeds shortly after it was closed in 1981. The hospital at the time of closure contained approximately 25 patients that were all transferred to St. George’s Hospital, Ward 2.
Above we see a view from the south end of the main drive looking back towards the main gate with the Administration building Centre Right.
One of the many out buildings within the grounds of the hospital
There were two wards at the Haigh Hospital. The above picture shows the the male ward immediately to the left when entering through the main gates.
The back of the hospital’s main kitchen.
The North facing side the main Administration Block.
This is now the only remaining part of the original hospital, having been sold to a private owner prior to the demolition of the main hospital.
The old main gate pillars now form part of the drive entrance to the old Lodge which is walled off from the new housing estate that now occupies the original main hospital site.
Do you remember the Haigh Hospital? Or did you work there? Please leave a comment below.
Pictures courtesy of John Holdsworth