Catalogue description Royal Albert Hospital, Devonport

This record is held by Plymouth and West Devon Record Office

Details of 1073
Reference: 1073
Title: Royal Albert Hospital, Devonport
Date: 1862-1927
Held by: Plymouth and West Devon Record Office, not available at The National Archives
Language: English

Royal Albert Hospital, Devonport, 1862-1948

Physical description: 11 files
Immediate source of acquisition:

Accession 1073

  • Health services
Administrative / biographical background:

The Royal Albert Hospital & Eye Infirmary was built in 1862 for £13,000, by subscription. It was mainly due to the efforts of Dr Thomas Woolcombe and Alfred Norman, architect and Mayor of Devonport, 1873-1875, although the government granted £3,500 towards locked wards for the treatment of "unfortunate women". Florence Nightingale arranged the chief wards.


Additions, including a nurse's home, were made in 1901, and in 1948 the hospital was amalgamated into Plymouth, South Devon & East Cornwall General Hospital Group as the South Devon & East Cornwall Hospital, Devonport. It ceased operating in 1981 and was demolished in 1983.

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