The Royal Hospital – Nurses Accommodation
The hospital opened its doors in January Ist 1849 to “patients who are such unable to pay for medicine and advice and are destitute of funds to make provision for them”.
With the expansion of the hospital the need for a nurses home became imperative. In 1883 two nearby houses had been purchased by Mr. J.E.Briscoe for the use of the nursing staff. Land was purchased in Portland and Sutherland Place and the foundation stone for a new nurses home was laid by the Chairman, A.C.Twentyman on 1st October 1907. The home, costing £8,000, was formally opened by Lady Dartmouth on 12 June 1908.
After the ceremony a large crowd was admitted to the home for a short time. When the public viewing was over it was discovered that 53 tablets of soap had disappeared from the 53 bedrooms, presumably as souvenirs!
The Royal Hospital closed on Tuesday 24th June 1997 after more than 148 years of care and dedication to the citizens of Wolverhampton