Tyne and Wear HER(6293): Newcastle, Bath Lane, Fever Hospital (House of Recovery) - Details
Title of image: Bath Lane, Newcastle upon Tyne
Date: circa 1980
Description: A view of buildings on Bath Lane which formed part of a Further Education College taken c.1980. The building in the centre of the photograph is the House of Recovery built in 1804. The House of Recovery is now used by the North East Museums Libraries and Archives Council.
Additional info: Print black and white
Location/Collection: Newcastle Libraries/Newcastle Local Studies
Accession number: NCL 042056
Provider: Newcastle City Library
Copyright: All rights reserved, if you would like a printed copy of this image please contact Newcastle Libraries.
Newcastle, Bath Lane, Fever Hospital (House of Recovery)
Health and Welfare
Infectious Diseases Hospital
Fever hospital 1804. Opened for the prevention and cure of contagious fever. The public raised £1165 towards the £1505 cost of the building. Both poor and paying patients were admitted. Physicians from the Dispensary looked after the patients. Records show that the hospital was always overcrowded with patients suffering from cholera, typhoid and smallpox. The hospital closed in 1888 when Walkergate Hospital opened (HER 5390). Coursed squared sandstone with ashlar dressings, Welsh slate roof and brick chimneys. 2 storeys. Flat stone lintels to boarded doors recessed in blocked round arches. Sashes with glazing bard on first floor. Other windows blind. Subsumed into adjacent Rutherford College from the late C19. When the college was demolished in the 1980s to make way for the Bath Lane carpark, the House of Recovery was left once again in isolation. Restored in 1988 for the North of England Museum Service. LISTED GRADE 2
Department of National Heritage, List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest 19/87; N. Pevsner and I. Richmond, second edition revised by G. McCombie, P. Ryder and H. Welfare, 1992, The Buildings of England: Northumberland, p 454; Lynn Redhead, 1996, Hospitals; North East Civic Trust, August 2004, The House of Recovery, Newcastle upon Tyne, Conservation Statement; 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 175; Peter Ryder, 2014, The House of Recovery, Newcastle upon Tyne - Historic Building Recording