Catalogue description Rubery Hill Hospital

This record is held by Birmingham: Archives, Heritage and Photography Service

Details of HC/RH
Reference: HC/RH
Title: Rubery Hill Hospital

Records of Rubery Hill Hospital.

Date: 19th-20th centuries
Held by: Birmingham: Archives, Heritage and Photography Service, not available at The National Archives
Language: English

Rubery Hill Hospital, 1882-

Access conditions:

Records of patients are closed for 100 years from the date of the last entry. Please contact Birmingham City Archives for further information regarding access to these records

Immediate source of acquisition:

HC/RH/1-48: (Acc.90/130) deposited by the South Birmingham Health Authority on 6 December 1990


HC/RH/48:(Acc. 92/6) Additional records deposited by South Birmingham Health Authority, Rubery Hill Hospital, Rubery, Birmingham B45 9BB on 22 January 1992


HC/RH/49-50:(Acc 93/123) Additional records of RUBERY HILL HOSPITAL, deposited by the General Services Manager, Queen Elizabeth Psychiatric Unit, Edgbaston, 13 October 1993

  • Birmingham, Warwickshire
  • Birmingham, West Midlands
  • Health services
  • Psychiatry
Administrative / biographical background:

Birmingham Borough Council adopted the 1845 Act for the care and treatment of lunatics and proceeded to purchase and build on farmland at Winson Green, to provide an Asylum which came into use in June 1850. In the following years it became apparent that more accommodation was required for patients, particularly for the chronically ill, and in 1876, a site of 151 acres at Rubery was purchased. The architects Martin and Chamberlain were commissioned to build Rubery Hill Hospital, which opened on 4 January 1882. There was accommodation for over 600 patients together with a library and administrative buildings and provision for outdoor exercise, farming and gardening. Extensions were made to the hospital in 1893-5 and in 1897 the Holly Moor estate was purchased, and a further hospital built 1900-1905

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