Shotley Bridge General Hospital, County Durham
Aerial view of Shotley Bridge Hospital, County Durham. It was originally opened by the Gateshead Union in 1912 as a TB sanatorium (far right of picture), with accommodation for elderly and infirm workhouse inmates added later (upper half of picture). The site later became a "mental defectives' colony". During World War Two, Emergency Medical Scheme wards were erected (lower part of picture).
© Mary Evans / Peter Higginbotham Collection
Royal Victoria Hospital Farm Colony, Polton, Scotland
Patients plough the land and plant seed potatoes at the Farm Colony (founded in 1910) at The Royal Victoria Hospital, founded in 1894. Together with the Dispensary these formed the nucleus of the 'Edinburgh Scheme' for combating tuberculosis. In 1914, the Dispensary, Hospital and Farm Colony were given to the City of Edinburgh and the Royal Victoria Tuberculosis Trust was founded. These came under the management of the Royal Victoria and Associated Hospitals NHS Trust in 1948, and the North Lothian District of Lothian Health Board in 1974. Date: circa 1910
© Mary Evans / Grenville Collins Postcard Collection
Proposed Channel Tunnel, works at Sangatte
The works at Sangatte on the French coast for the proposed Channel Tunnel in 1876, described in The Graphic as, "this gigantic and long-talked of scheme," and, "splendid evidence of the determination and perseverance with which obstacles and impediments are met by scientific men of the present age." The tunnel workings did not make much progress until 1881 when work began in Britain, but by the middle of the decade the Government vetoed continuance of the work due to security concerns.
© Illustrated London News Ltd/Mary Evans