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Colston Ward, St Barts – 1909

Edward Colston (2 November 1636 – 11 October 1721) was an English merchant, philanthropist, Tory Member of Parliament, and a benefactor and Governor of St Bartholomew’s Hospital, 1683-1721, who was involved in the Atlantic slave trade.
Colston followed his father in the family business becoming a sea merchant, initially trading in wine, fruits and textiles, mainly in Spain, Portugal and other European ports. By 1680, he became involved in the slave trade as a member of the Royal African Company, which held a monopoly on the English trade in enslaved African people. He was Deputy Governor of the company in 1689–90.
Colston was appointed as a Governor of St Bartholomew’s Hospital in 1683 at the request of King Charles II, as Colston was a Royalist sympathiser and the king was determined to promote men who would support his brother James as successor to the throne. Colston gave £500 to the hospital the in 1684 and a further £850 in 1693. The money was used to purchase an estate at Mayland in Essex. When Colston died in 1721 he bequeathed a further £500 to Bart’s, which was used to purchase a property on Giltspur Street, now the site of the medical school library.
A Colston Ward was established in 1752 in the newly built West Wing of the hospital. The ward moved to the King George V Medical Block when it was opened in 1937. It was amongst those demolished for the reconstruction of the building c2005-2010, although there was briefly a ward informally given this name in the new building.

November 13, 2022 Posted by | Deltiology, Social History, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Nurses c1900

An interesting nursing ward setting, early 1900’s by the look of the uniforms, not sure what the plants are about.

The photographer / printer was E. W. Appleby, 27 Hertford St. Coventry.

June 12, 2022 Posted by | Deltiology, Social History, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

WW1 Nurses

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WW 1 injured soldiers in hospital uniform

WW 1 injured soldiers in hospital uniform

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Central London Sick Asylum c1900

Someone was kind enough to share this picture with me after posting, Central London Sick Asylum c1900 which I bought at a postcards fair,

the Dr and Matron are in both, the person sharing said a relative worked there in the early 1900’s,

it’s always good to be able to add some context to social history postcards that often don’t even have an individual’s name noted.



September 6, 2020 Posted by | Deltiology, Social History, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Bellevue Hospital, NYC – operating theatre – 1900

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Catch anything?

After seeing this on The Müscleheaded Blog I couldn’t resist reposting it, several years ago, after being a “lithographic camera operator” I started my nurse training and one of the placements was at a GU (clap) Clinic at one of the larger hospitals, I had a great time there and meet some interesting people but I thought that this wouldn’t have looked out of place on their wall 😮



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The Rosenhan Experiment

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January 24, 2018 Posted by | Risqué, Social History, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Christmas in Hospital – The Graphic – 23rd December 1916

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WW 1 injured soldiers in hospital uniform

This card originally came to my attention through the generic “maid” search on ebay but on closer inspection it holds much more of an insight into the soldiers injured during the First World War, I think that the soldiers may have been invited to afternoon tea with a local “lady.” My thanks to St. George’s Library Blog for the information below about the “convalescent blues” worn by the recovering soldiers.

Soldiers recovering in Britain were required to wear a loose blue uniform, known as the ‘convalescent blues’. The reasons for this were partially practical. Uniforms from the front were worn, tatty, full of lice and had to be disinfected or replaced. A hospital uniform was the cheap utilitarian answer. However it also had a psychological role, that of reinforcing a sense of institutionalisation and discipline. Moreover there was also an undeniable propaganda purpose in forcing convalescents to wear the ‘blues’. It marked them out as heroic ‘Tommies’ whilst highlighting that they were being cared for by the government; reassuring for those whose family members remained at the front.

The patients themselves had mixed feelings about them. To start with officers were exempted; they received an armband and an allowance to help them buy new clothes. Everyone else had to wear the outfit at all times and some found it undignified whilst others felt that it took away their individuality. Produced in one size only, they were often ill-fitting and some complained that the uniforms resembled pyjamas. There were advantages to wearing the uniform however, the attention could be positive and there was no risk of being presented with the dreaded white feather for cowardice. The injured soldier also gave the public at home the opportunity to be charitable and help the war effort. They would often be given free entrance to theatres or gifts by grateful citizens.

Patients and the First World War

July 9, 2017 Posted by | Deltiology, Maid, Maids, Social History, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment