Tyne and Wear HER(1371): Newcastle, Old Infirmary - Details
Title of image: The Infirmary, Newcastle upon Tyne
Artist: J. Fittler
Description: This engraving by J. Fittler shows the Newcastle upon Tyne Infirmary in 1786.
Additional info: Engraving handcoloured
Location/Collection: Newcastle Libraries/Newcastle Local Studies Pictures Collection
Accession number: NCL b101
Provider: Newcastle City Library
Copyright: All rights reserved, if you would like a printed copy of this image please contact Newcastle Libraries.
Newcastle, Old Infirmary
Health and Welfare
In 1751 the Newcastle Common Council provided land for the foundation of an infirmary. The hospital remained on this site, first open, finally surrounded by the railway and livestock markets, until replaced by the RVI in 1906. Building phases: 1. 1751-53, an L-shaped block: 2. 1801-03, South block extended to the West: 3. 1830, a third floor added to the East wing: 4. 1852-55, John Dobson added a North-South wing at the West end, and a yard with domestic offices: 5. 1885, the Ravensworth wing was added to the South front. The main part of the building was demolished in 1954.
<< HER 1371 >> J. Brand, 1789, History of Newcastle, I, 412-16 Newcastle Library Local Studies E. Mackenzie, 1827, View of Newcastle Grangerised version Vol. II pt 1, 501-12 Tyne and Wear Archives Service NCP - 1840 Infirmary with proposed improvements 7.1 Tyne and Wear Archives Service NCP - 1917 Forth Bank Improvements 18.27 Tyne and Wear Archives Service Ordnance Survey maps, 1st ed. 1:500 Newcastle Library Local Studies Vertical files - misc. Newcastle Infirmary G.H. Hume, 1906, The History of the Newcastle Infirmary W.E. Hume, 1951, The Infirmary, Newcastle upon Tyne, 1751-1951 F.J.W. Miller, 1986, The Infirmary on the Forth, 1753-1906, Archaeologia Aeliana, 5, XIV, 143-65 T. Faulkner & A. Greg, 1987, John Dobson Newcastle Architect, 1787-1865, 85-6 1929, The Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle upon Tyne, Rag Pie, p 23-31; Thomas Oliver, 1844, Historical and Descriptive Reference to the Public Buildings on the Plan of the Borough of Newcastle upon Tyne and Gateshead; Grace McCombie, 2009, Newcastle and Gateshead - Pevsner Architectural Guide, p. 13