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Details: Sanderson Hospital, Gosforth

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Present name

Sanderson Hospital 

Previous name(s)

WJ Sanderson Home for Destitute and Crippled Children (1888 - 1929)
WJ Sanderson Home for Crippled Children (1929 - c.1935)
WJ Sanderson Orthopaedic Hospital and School for Children (c.1935 - c.1949)
Sanderson Orthopaedic Hospital (c.1950 - 1964)
WJ Sanderson Hosp  


Salters Road Gosforth NE3 4DX 

Previous location

Whickham (1888 - 1889)
Red House, Wallsend (1889 - 1897)
Salter Road, Gosforth (1897 - ?)
North Avenue, Gosforth (by 1949 - c.1977)

Foundation Year




Administrative authorities

Regional Hospital Board (1948-74)


Hospital Management Committee (1948-74)


Regional Health Authority (1974-82)


Regional Health Authority (1982- )


District Health Authority (1974-82)


District Health Authority (1982- )


Current Trust

Newcastle City Health NHS Trust 

Trust From


County (before 1974)


County (1974-1996)

Tyne and Wear 

County (after 1996)

Tyne and Wear 


Pre 1948


Post 1948



Pre 1948

Children, OTHER: Orthopaedic surgery, and physical handicap with dietry cause for children and, increasingly, adults. School on the premises.

Post 1948

Geriatric, OTHER: 1948 - 1974 Long stay orthopaedic hospital for children and adults. GER: 1974 - ?

Other information

The hospital was founded by W J Sanderson, a Newcastle philanthropist. It was originally known as the W J Sanderson Home for Destitute and Crippled Children and was initialy begun in premises at Whickham in 1888. These buildings swiftly became too small, and the hospital moved to the Red House in Wallsend on 1 June 1889. The final move in 1897 was to Salter Road, Gosforth, when the Wallsend premises were no longer suitable. In 1914 an extension was built on to the Gosforth building so that more patients could be treated. Orignally the aim of the institution was to care for destitute children with a physical handicap who were not suitable to be housed in the workhouse. Increasingly, the hospital became known for the work done in the field of orthopaedic surgery and in the treatment of physical handicaps in children casused by dietary deficiency. In 1934 the home was designated as an Orthopaedic Hospital and the treatment of adults began there. Until the implementation of the National Health Act of 1947, the Sanderson Orthopaedic Hospital continued as an independently run instutution specialising in the care of physically handicapped children (the hospital had its own school.). After July 1948, the hospital was run by a Hospital Management committee as part of the National Health Service. It became the long-stay orthopaedic hospital for the Newcastle area, and although it continued to treat children, the ratio of adults to children was more balanced. After the reform of the NHS in 1974 the hospital was given over to the care of the elderly under the control of Newcastle Area Health Authority.

Records can be found at:


  Tyne and Wear Archives Service

Record type

Date range


1890 - 1973


1890 - 1973


1938 - 1948


1963 - 1963


1913 - 1913


1895 - 1970

Finding aids

Finding aids


Location of finding aids

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Ephemera - open day programme 1963 Other: plans 1895

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