Catalogue description Nether Edge Hospital, Sheffield formerly Ecclesall Bierlow Institution

This record is held by Sheffield City Archives

Details of NHS21
Reference: NHS21
Title: Nether Edge Hospital, Sheffield formerly Ecclesall Bierlow Institution

Administration 1938 - 1974


NHS21/1/1 Steward& apos;s office, 1938 - 1948


NHS21/1/2 Sheffield No 1 Hospital Management Committee, later North Sheffield University


Hospital Management Committee: duplicate unsigned minutes, 1948 - 1974


NHS21/1/3 Sheffield No 1 Hospital Management Committee, later North Sheffield University


Hospital Management Committee, then Northern District Management Team:


duplicate agenda, reports and minutes, 1969 - 1974


NHS21/1/4 Control of Infection Committee, 1961 - 1965


Finance 1895 - 1948


NHS21/2/1 Accounts, 1909 - 1943


NHS21/2/2 Farm accounts, 1895 - 1948


Stores and equipment 1927 - 1950


NHS21/3/1 Inventories, 1927


NHS21/3/2 Correspondence and papers, 1949 - 1950


Establishment 1910 - 1948


NHS21/4/1 Summary of wages books, 1928 - 1948


NHS21/4/2 Nurse training, c. 1910


Inmates/Patients 1890 - 1962


NHS21/5/1 Creed registers, 1890 - 1913


NHS21/5/2 Creed registers, 1902 - 1913


NHS21/5/3 Creed registers, 1907 - 1923


NHS21/5/4 Creed registers, males, 1913 - 1931


NHS21/5/5 Creed registers, females and children, 1913 - 1931


NHS21/5/6 Registers of inmates, 1904 - 1915


NHS21/5/7 Registers of inmates, males, 1914 - 1931


NHS21/5/8 Registers of inmates, females and children, 1914 - 1931


NHS21/5/9 Index books, males, 1914 - 1931


NHS21/5/10 Index books, females and children, 1914 - 1928


NHS21/5/11 Registers of patients, female, 1931 - 1944


NHS21/5/12 Registers of admissions to asylum, males, 1920 - 1928


NHS21/5/13 Registers of admissions to asylum, females, 1922 - 1926


NHS21/5/14 Registers of births, 1898 - 1951


NHS21/5/15 Registers of deaths, 1903 - 1948


NHS21/5/16 Maternity ward admission registers, 1910 - 1948


NHS21/5/17 Maternity ward case registers, 1908 - 1927


NHS21/5/18 Arthritis ward admission registers, 1960 - 1962


NHS21/5/19 Statistics, 1948 - 1950


NHS21/5/20 Patients& apos; accounts, 1925 - 1934


NHS21/5/21 Miscellaneous papers, 1920 - 1947


Midwives& apos; Institute, Sheffield Branch 1939 - 1948


NHS21/6/1 Minutes, 1939 - 1943


NHS21/6/2 Register of members, 1939 - 1948

Date: 1890 - 1974
Related material:

Additional records including admission and discharge books, 1936 - 1946; register of male patients, 1939 - 1948; registers of patients admitted under Lunacy Act, 1949 - 1956; general register of patients, 1952 - 1956; Nurses& apos; Home inventory book, 1929 - 1930 (Acc. 2007/114)


Album of job advertisements, etc 1926 - 1945 (Acc. 2007/126)


Ecclesall Bierlow Union workhouse: plans by William Flockton, 1840 - 1841 (AP43)


Ecclesall Bierlow Union: service register of employees& apos; appointments, 1892 - 1925 (CA18/19)


Poor Law Union correspondence, 1900 - 1904 (CA510/2b)


Ecclesall Bierlow Union workhouse: plan of operating room by A. F. Watson, 1912 (AP108)


Ecclesall Bierlow Union workhouse: plan of temporary hospital by A. F. Watson, n.d. (AP107)


Particulars of Sheffield Union Institutional Accommodation including Fir Vale and Nether Edge Hospitals, 1929 (CA640/11)


Memoranda on admissions to Fir Vale and Nether Edge Hospitals following transfer of their administration to the Corporation, 1929 (CA640/25)


Sheffield Public Assistance Committee and related sub-committee records including maternity and child welfare, 1930 - 1950 (CA41)


Registers of children in Children& apos;s Homes, 1905 - 1936 (CA41/37-38); 1936 onwards (Acc. 2006/13)


Sheffield City Council Health Committee minutes, 1930 - 1948 (CA112/29 - 32)


Sheffield Regional Hospital Board minutes, 1948 - 1974 (NHS27)


Sheffield No 1 Hospital Management Committee, North Sheffield University Hospital Management Committee, 1948 - 1974 (NHS35)


Sheffield Area Health Authority (Teaching): Southern District Management Team minutes 1974 - 1982; Medical & Ethical Committee minutes 1975-1978 (NHS31)


Maternity discharge registers for patients admitted to Jessop Hospital from Nether Edge Hospital and Northern General Hospital, 1976-1982 (NHS12/6/3/6/1-3)


Copy ground plan of union workhouse buildings, 1895; ground plan of same as Nether Edge Hospital, 1933; existing floor plans (16) of hospital redevelopment, 1999; copies made c. 1980, 1999 (Acc. 2002/34 MD7556)


Also: Local Government Board and predecessors: correspondence with Ecclesall Bierlow Poor Law Union, 1833 - 1909 (at The National Archives, MH 12/14939-53)


Ecclesall Bierlow Union: annual reports, 1916 - 1923 (at Sheffield Local Studies 352.9S)

Held by: Sheffield City Archives, not available at The National Archives
Language: English
Physical description: 149 items
Access conditions:

Information in staff and patient records may be subject to access restrictions under the Data Protection Act, or may be subject to exemptions from the Freedom of Information Act. For further information please refer to a member of staff.

Custodial history:

Prior to April 1986 the records previously numbered SY563 and SY569 were held by the former South Yorkshire County Record Office (SYCRO).


The records of Ecclesall Poor Law Union suffered severely in the 1940s air raids: very little has survived.

Publication note:

& apos;Hospital Survey: Sheffield and East Midlands area& apos;, Ministry of Health, 1945 (Sheffield Local Studies 362 SQ)


& apos;The Story of the Workhouse and the Hospital at Nether Edge& apos; by Joan Flett, 1985, second edition 2002 (Sheffield Archives HEALTH FLE; Sheffield Local Studies 362.11 SQ) (July 2007)

Administrative / biographical background:

Ecclesall Bierlow Union Workhouse, Union Road, Sheffield, 1842 - 1914


Ecclesall Bierlow Institution, Union Road, Sheffield, 1914 - 1925


Ecclesall Bierlow Institution, Sheffield Union, 1925 - 1927


Nether Edge Hospital, Osborne Road, Sheffield 1927 - 1997


The Ecclesall Bierlow Union was formed in 1837 under an order of the Poor Law Commissioners. It comprised the townships of Ecclesall Bierlow, Upper and Nether Hallam, Dore, Totley, the parish of Norton, and Beauchief Liberty.


The workhouse was built 1842 -1843 at Cherrytree Hill to replace an old workhouse in Psalter Lane. By 1895, as well as the main building, there were schools for boys and girls, an asylum (erected 1859), a hospital with male and female wards, a smallpox hospital, and tramp wards. A maternity block, named the Victoria Diamond Jubilee Maternity Hospital, was opened in 1897. Two more ward blocks were built in the following years and in 1903 the children& apos;s homes known as Fulwood Cottage Homes were built.


From 1914, by order of the Local Government Board following the 1909 Poor Law Commission Report, the term & apos;workhouse& apos; was abandoned in favour of the term & apos;institution& apos;.


By order of the Ministry of Health in 1925 Ecclesall Bierlow Union and Sheffield Union were dissolved and the new Sheffield Union was created. From c. 1927, after the building of a new maternity block, the Institution became known as Nether Edge Hospital. There were sections for general care, sanatorium blocks for the treatment of tuberculosis, and maternity care. Temporary closure with the loss of TB beds in December 1940 was the result of blitz damage, which also destroyed the dining hall and a nurses& apos; home.


38 beds were provided for the treatment of short-stay cases of chronic rheumatism and in 1951 the proposal to provide a geriatric unit with around 120 beds (two male and two female wards) was approved. In 1959 tuberculous patients were transferred to Lodge Moor Hospital. The maternity department was provided with a completely new building in 1968; the department was closed in 1991.


The hospital closed entirely in 1997 and a large part of the site, including the main 1840s Kingswood building, was converted into residential use by Gleeson Homes in a & #163;30 million redevelopment scheme. In January 2000 the Porterbrook Clinic, established in 1974, relocated from its original Whiteley Wood premises to rooms in one of the remaining hospital buildings.




On 1 April 1930, under the 1929 Local Government Act, Sheffield Union, including the Fulwood Cottage Homes, ceased to be administered by the Poor Law Board of Guardians and its Hospital Committee, and was transferred to City Council for the sick inhabitants of the city under the Public Health Act, 1875, to be administered through the Hospitals Subcommittee of the Health Committee. As a result, patients were no longer admitted as & apos;necessitous persons& apos; under the Poor Law Act, 1927, but upon medical certificate, except for & apos;necessitous sick persons& apos; for whom the Public Assistance Committee was responsible.


With the establishment of the National Health Service in 1948 the hospital came under the administration of Sheffield No 1 Hospital Management Committee (HMC) of the Sheffield Regional Hospital Board, with Nether Edge Hospital the administrative headquarters. On 1 April 1971 Nether Edge Hospital became a teaching hospital, following the granting of University status to the HMC: on 31 March 1971 Sheffield No 1 HMC ceased to be a legal entity and from 1 April the North Sheffield University Hospital Management Committee became responsible for the hospitals in the former grouping.


Following reorganisation of the National Health Service from 31 March 1974, HMCs were abolished, replaced by District Management Teams of the Area Health Authority. Nether Edge Hospital was in the Southern (Teaching) District of Sheffield Area Health Authority, within Trent Regional Health Authority. The simplification of the National Health Service in 1982 brought an end to the district management teams. The basic unit of health care provision became the district health authority, and Sheffield Health Authority was created. Nether Edge Hospital was part of the Central Sheffield University Hospitals NHS Trust in 1996; this Trust later became the Sheffield University Hospitals NHS Trust. The Psychiatric Out-Patient Unit was managed by Sheffield Community Health NHS Trust.

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