Barnes Hospital

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Barnes Hospital

The main building of Barnes Hospital in April 2008
Former namesBarnes Convalescent Home
General information
TypeFormer hospital
LocationCheadle, England
Coordinates53°23′49.12″N 2°13′24.4″W / 53.3969778°N 2.223444°W / 53.3969778; -2.223444Coordinates: 53°23′49.12″N 2°13′24.4″W / 53.3969778°N 2.223444°W / 53.3969778; -2.223444
Construction started1871
Completed1875
 
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Barnes Hospital

The main building of Barnes Hospital in April 2008
Former namesBarnes Convalescent Home
General information
TypeFormer hospital
LocationCheadle, England
Coordinates53°23′49.12″N 2°13′24.4″W / 53.3969778°N 2.223444°W / 53.3969778; -2.223444Coordinates: 53°23′49.12″N 2°13′24.4″W / 53.3969778°N 2.223444°W / 53.3969778; -2.223444
Construction started1871
Completed1875

Barnes Hospital, also known as Barnes Convalescent Home, in Cheadle, Greater Manchester, England, is a former hospital. It is located near to the A34 road and is in the middle of the complex interchange between the A34, M60 motorway and M56 motorway. Whilst the hospital was constructed in a rural setting, it is now surrounded by roads.[1] The main building is Grade II listed, and lies on green belt land.[2]

A donation of £26,000 for the founding of a new convalescent hospital in Cheadle was made in 1869 by Robert Barnes. Construction of the hospital, named the Barnes Convalescent Home, started in 1871 and was completed in 1875. It was constructed of bricks, the clay for which was provided locally.[1]

Hospital

Broken remains of three stone high crosses were discovered in 1874 during the construction of the hospital. The location of only one of these is known today; this consists of a crosshead of Celtic cross form with a central boss, and dates from the late 10th or 11th century. It is now located in St Mary's Church, Cheadle. The other two pieces are said to be part of a much older cross, and the upper part of an Anglo-Saxon cross shaft.[3][4]

The hospital operated through the war caring for injured soldiers and taking in traumas, on the same site of Barnes Hospital there was also a fever hospital where patients with tuberculosis and yellow fever were treated in isolation wards. The main use for the hospital in its later life was for geriatric care and stroke patients.

Closure

Barnes Hospital during sunrise in January 2011

It closed in September 1999 while Manchester Healthcare Trust was undergoing a £2 million cost cut.[1] In the same year, the hospital received Grade II listed status, thus prohibiting the demolition of the building for the new owners and consequently the building became abandoned and derelict.[5]

The hospital was sold in 2001,[2] and was for a number of years owned by Realty Estates.[6] It was later sold to the Irish property development group Benmore for a sum estimated around £12 million. The company proposed a new 128 residential unit development around the hospital building but it was never proposed to the planning authority.[7]

It has recently changed hands again and is understood to be owned by four local businessmen, who intend to restore Barnes Hospital to its former condition and provide residential apartments within the building. Restoration works are expected to commence some time in 2013 after liaisons with the local authority.[8]

During World War II the hospital was used as a convalescent home for wounded soldiers.[9] Following its closure the hospital temporarily housed a large group of refugees from Kosovo.[2][6][10] It was featured on Most Haunted Live in September 2005.[1] The site was briefly occupied by around 100 gypsy families in February 2007.[11]

References

  1. ^ a b c d "Barnes Hospital History — Abandoned Photography". opacity.us. http://www.opacity.us/site144_barnes_hospital.htm. Retrieved 14 April 2008. 
  2. ^ a b c "Hospital sold to mystery buyer". Stockport Express. 28 February 2001. http://menmedia.co.uk/stockportexpress/news/s/306771_hospital_sold_to_mystery_buyer.html. Retrieved 14 April 2008. 
  3. ^ "Cheadle Conservation Area Character Appraisal". Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council. March 2006. http://www.stockport.gov.uk/2013/2978/8803/9020/12299/cheadlevillageapp. Retrieved 5 April 2010. 
  4. ^ "Cheadle Parish Church—St Mary's". http://www.cheadle.org/cross.htm. Retrieved 14 April 2008. 
  5. ^ "Barnes Hospital, Cheadle And Bramhall". British Listed Buildings. http://www.britishlistedbuildings.co.uk/en-479000-barnes-hospital-cheadle-and-bramhall. Retrieved 2012-08-22. 
  6. ^ a b Weisgard, Jon (4 December 2002). "Ex-hospital due to become flats". Stockport Express (M.E.N. Media). http://menmedia.co.uk/stockportexpress/news/s/310358_exhospital_due_to_become_flats.html. Retrieved 14 April 2008. 
  7. ^ "Benmore Developments". http://www.benmoredevelopments.com/. Retrieved 2012-09-16. 
  8. ^ "Good news on Barnes Hospital site". 27 July 2012. http://iainroberts.mycouncillor.org.uk/2012/07/27/good-news-on-barnes-hospital-site/. Retrieved 5 Augustl 2012. 
  9. ^ "WW2 People's War — an archive of World War Two memories". 17 January 2005. http://www.bbc.co.uk/ww2peopleswar/stories/81/a3536381.shtml. Retrieved 14 April 2008. 
  10. ^ "Kosovan Refugees". Manchester City Council. http://www.manchester.gov.uk/site/scripts/documents_info.php?documentID=506&pageNumber=18. Retrieved 14 April 2008. 
  11. ^ Skinner, Miles (28 February 2007). "Gatley counts cost of clean-up after Gypsies". Stockport Express (M.E.N. Media). http://menmedia.co.uk/stockportexpress/news/s/524038_gatley_counts_cost_of_cleanup_after_gypsies.html. Retrieved 14 April 2008.