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Details: The Hopedean Nursing Home, Newcastle Upon Tyne

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Present name

The Hopedean Nursing Home 

Previous name(s)

The Gables Maternity Home  


18 Gloucester Terr, Elswick Rd Newcastle Upon Tyne NE4 6RH 

Previous location

Foundation Year




Closure year


Administrative authorities

Regional Hospital Board (1948-74)


Hospital Management Committee (1948-74)


Regional Health Authority (1974-82)

Not Applicable 

Regional Health Authority (1982- )

Not Applicable 

District Health Authority (1974-82)

Not Applicable 

District Health Authority (1982- )

Not Applicable 

County (before 1974)


County (1974-1996)

Not Applicable 

County (after 1996)

Not applicable 


Pre 1948


Post 1948



Pre 1948

Maternity, Women, Children

Post 1948


Other information

Because of overcrowding in its premises at New Bridge street, the Princess Mary Maternity Hospital decided in 1919 to open branches in the West end and East end of the city. The Gables became the branch in the West end. The one in the East end never materialised. The Gables was purchased in 1919 from the Richardson family and came into use the same year for fee-paying patients. Originally managed by a sub-committee of the Princess Mary Maternity Hospital, it quickly acquired its own committee. In 1922 the Princess Mary Maternity Hospital moved to new premises in Jubilee Road and it was decided then that The Gables should now be totally independent. In 1948 the NHS decided not to take The Gables over in its rationalisation of local health services and by 1950 it was in finiancial difficulties. Since the Princess Mary Maternity Hospital refused to take The Gables back under its wing, it was forced to close and be sold to the Salvation Army who renamed it the Hopedene Nursing Home. This w

Records can be found at:


  Tyne and Wear Archives Service

Record type

Date range


1919 - 1951


1919 - 1950


1941 - 1951


1928 - 1929


1947 - 1950


1949 - 1950

Clinical & Patients

1949 - 1951

Finding aids

Finding aids


Location of finding aids

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