Colindale Hospital, London - Demolition Underway

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Brief History

The Metropolitan Poor Law Act was passed in March 1867 to improve the provision of care for the sick poor in London, particularly through the provision of hospital accommodation separate from workhouse. The operation of the Act was overseen by the Metropolitan Asylums Board under which six Sick Asylum Districts were formed, one of which was Central London formed in 1868.

The costs of building six completely new hospitals turned out to be prohibitive, and four of the new Sick Asylum Districts were reconstituted as enlarged poor law unions who would redeploy their existing accommodation. The Central London District survived, along with the Poplar and Stepney Sick Asylum District.

In its early years, the Central London District made use of the St Pancras Union Infirmary at Highgate, and, from 1874, the former Strand Union infirmary site, at the east side of Cleveland Street.

A new Central London District Sick Asylum was erected in 1898-1900 "in the country" at Colindale, Hendon. The site cost £12,500 and the foundation stone was laid on 6th June, 1898. Its layout was based on the pavilion system with separate blocks connected by a central linking corridor. A central administrative block contained offices, nurses' rooms, the boardroom and chapel, with kitchens and laundry to the rear. At each side were placed two two-storey ward blocks: one for TB patients, one for children, one for infectious children, and one for casualty cases. In 1913, the hospital was sold to the newly formed City of Westminster Union and renamed Hendon Infirmary. In December, 1919, it was taken over by the Metropolitan Asylums Board and reopened on 1st January 1920 as a sanatorium for male TB cases.

In 1930, control passed to the London County Council then, in 1948, it joined the new National Health Service. Under the name of Colindale Hospital, it continued to specialise in the treatment of TB until the 1950s. Closure of the hospital began in 1996. Demolition work begain summer 2009, I think the admin block is to be saved...

The builldings to the right of the admin block have been is progressing quickly. From right to left




The admin block, to be saved


Few random shots





Ignore the water spot in the middle of the lense, the access to the Admin was a little interesting...

S8 :)
Interesting report never heard of this place before!

Shame its being demo'd.
very interesting looking place...lovin the ols school tiles from the toilet shot am im assuming that a bell but whatever it is looks sweet as...thanks for sharing
Home sweet home

I lived in Colindale hospital in 1979 when I was training as a nurse. I spent many a late night walking down that long corridor to get to the nurses home which was right at the back.

That building was known as the maids home. all the wards were off of the main corridor
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Davcol, before demo started we found a lot of old signs in the basement that I think would have been used for fun fairs. They looked like they dated from about the 50's. Can you remember anything about them or indeed, do you have any pictures of them in use?

Some can be seen in my report here
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