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Guest Touche

Hello,

My grandfather died apparently in a hospital/hospice on Lydgate Lane. 'Once you went to Lydgate Lane you never go home' was the bleak expression used once admitted. This would have been around 1940ish. It was specifically for chest and lung diseases. Can anyone give me a link to map of this area so that I can look for likely premises. It is an old relative who told me whose memory is faded. Could he be thinking of the Thornbury Hospital? Sorry the details are so vague but that's all that I was given to work on. Many thanks for looking.

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mike142sl

I'm not aware of a hospital on Lydgate Lane, the school was used during WW1 but for soldiers rather than chest & lung issues. It sounds more like the isolation hospital at Lodge Moor which was at the end of Crimicar Lane nr Redmires Rd just a bit further up the road from Crosspool and Lydgate Lane - unless there is another Lydgate Lane?

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Guest Touche

Thanks for replying. Come to think of it, he did say Lodge Moor to begin with, then said 'no, it was Lydgate Lane etc', so maybe he is muddled and meant Lodge Moor to begin with. Did it specialise in chest and lung disease? I don't know. I'll see if I can try again. Thank you mike142sl, appreciate it.

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vox

Perhapse the expression was slightly miss-quoted and could have been "once you went up Lydgate Lane --- " Lydgate Lane being the beginning of the direct route to Lodge Moor Isolation Hospital. - just a thought.

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Guest tsavo

Lodge Moor was Sheffield's isolation hospital and would have been used for TB and other contageous diseases. I remember visiting my grandmother there when she had pneomonia. We stood in a couple of feet of snow, outside the ward windows. Freezing!

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Guest Gramps

I was in Lodge Moor with measles for a couple of weeks. Quite a trial for a six-year-old. No visitors and some of the nurses seemed to have an intense dislike of children :rolleyes:

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mike142sl

There were two hospitals at Lodge Moor. The isolation hospital was at the end of Crimicar Lane. The other was just a bit further along Redmires Rd and specialised in spinal injuries during the 60s and 70s. Not sure what it specialised in before that if at all anything different.

This is a view from Blackbrook Rd lookinf towards Crimicar Lane, taken in the early 60s the isolation hospital is just off shot on the right in the distance.

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Guest Touche

Thank you for your input, very interesting. However, I now have another spanner to throw into the works! It wasn't Lydgate Lane apparently, it was Crimicar Lane, about 1942. My grandfather was in the army, stationed in Elgin, Scotland. Whether he was sent home/discharged on grounds of ill health I'm not sure. I realise this is even closer to Lodge Moor - was there an annexe for chest/lung disease? It could be after all Lodge Moor. I'll try for more detail soon. Thanks for your help everyone.

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mike142sl

It is a spanner as it was more likely that he would have been sent to Lodge Moor rather than Crimicar Lane. The Crimicar Lane Hospital was known as the Fever Hospital and there are plenty of pictures of it on Picture Sheffield.

The gates in this one are still there. Picture Sheffield link

[link updated 10 May 2020]

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Guest Touche

I'll try him again, though he is old and his memory is fading. I do rather think it to be Lodge Moor personally. Are there any records of Lodge Moor available anywhere?

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mike142sl

There must be some records somewhere within the health authority, but where?

The only snippets I can recall off hand about the place are that in December 1955 an American Jet crashed into it killing one person, and in 1977 the BBC made a documentary about the last patient to be confined to an Iron Lung who I think was called Dennis Atkin and had been there nearly 30 years. I think the documentary was called 'The Man in the Iron Lung' and he had his own 'house' built for him in the grounds next to Lodge Moor Rd where he had a view, albeit via a mirror, out over the fields where he could watch the girls on their horses ??? I remember thinking it was amazing that the BBC had made a film in Lodge Moor where I lived.

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Guest Touche

I checked yesterday. It seems there is a one hundred year rule that applies. They can be seen under certain conditions but Family History isn't one of them. It's going to be a long wait!!

The BBC made quite a few films in Sheffield in the 70s. They did a 'play for today', I think, at Ashleigh School. Perhaps it was at the time that the Council was promoting Sheffield under the banner of 'City on the Move'. Just a thought. Cheers.

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Stuart Gregory

I spent my fourth birthday in 1949 in Lodgemoor Hospital with Scarlet Fever.

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