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Minffordd Hospital

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Ysbyty Minffordd - Administration block

Date

10 September 2011
Location

Minffordd, Bangor

SH 57988 71015; 53.21714°N, 4.12831°W

Information

In 1882 contamination of Bangor’s water supply led to an epidemic of typhoid, in which 540 people contracted the disease and 42 died. In the wake of this public-health disaster, there were calls for an isolation hospital to treat any further cases of typhoid or other infectious diseases such as scarlet fever or diptheria in the area. Land at Minffordd, on the outskirts of the city, was purchased from Lord Penrhyn, who made a donation for building costs, and a new hospital was constructed. The memorial stone was laid in 1893 and the building was officially opened in 1895.

In 1948 the hospital became a convalescent home and it closed in 1984 when the new main hospital in Bangor — Ysbyty Gwynedd — opened. Following refurbishment, it then opened again in 1988 as a psychiatric unit for elderly patients.

In June 2009 the North West Wales NHS Trust put the site up for sale. In June 2011 Loughborough-based Rushcliffe Care Group submitted proposals to demolish the historic buildings and in their place construct a 36-bed specialist care facility. Gwynedd County Council is to consider this planning application on 26 September 2011.

Ysbyty Minffordd

Ysbyty Minffordd - Administration block

Ysbyty Minffordd - Memorial stone

Ysbyty Minffordd

Ysbyty Minffordd - Short Stay Unit seen from the Long Stay Unit

Ysbyty Minffordd - Short Stay Unit

Ysbyty Minffordd - Garage/Store

Ysbyty Minffordd - Water tower

Ysbyty Minffordd

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Written by Graham Stephen

September 12, 2011 at 5:05 pm

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  1. Super shots. You would have thought that Penrhyn would have just got on and built the hospital, the amount of money he made from the locals. I suppose it’s something that he made a donation! The photos are great, my favourites are the water tower and the garage/store…there’s a certain (very effective) uneasiness about the images of the signeage and the derelict units where your shots bring out the poignancy and hopelessness of the place.

    Iain Robinson

    September 12, 2011 at 5:34 pm

  2. That water tower is great, slightly surreal looking in it’s isolation (no pun intended).

    andy

    September 12, 2011 at 7:10 pm

  3. [...] National Health Service on its formation in 1948. In the re-organisation of services at that time, Ysbyty Minffordd became a convalescent hospital and Bryn Seiont took over the former’s role as the area’s [...]

    Ysbyty Bryn Seiont « GeoTopoi

    September 19, 2011 at 9:48 pm


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