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Details: Hollymoor Hospital, Birmingham

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Present name

Hollymoor Hospital 

Previous name(s)

Hollymoor Annexe (by 1930 - 1948)  


Tessal Lane Birmingham B31 5EX 

Foundation Year




Closure year


Administrative authorities

Regional Hospital Board (1948-74)


Hospital Management Committee (1948-74)

Birmingham (Mental B) 

Regional Health Authority (1974-82)

West Midlands 

Regional Health Authority (1982- )

West Midlands 

District Health Authority (1974-82)


District Health Authority (1982- )


County (before 1974)


County (1974-1996)

West Midlands 

County (after 1996)

Not applicable 


Pre 1948

Private, Local Authority, PRIV: £2 2s per week in 1929. LA: c.1930 - 1948 Birmingham County Borough Council. OTHER: WWII Emergency Medical Services.

Post 1948



Pre 1948


Post 1948


Other information

The 1930 Hospital Year Book states that Rubery Hill Hospital and the Hollymoor Annexe did research work and offered 'specialised treatment'. Hollymoor was used as an emergency hospital in World War II, whether or not as a mental hospital isn't stated in the year books. There is a reference in the Hospital Records Register at the CMAC at the Wellcome Institute to a military psychiatric hospital in Northfield and the activities of a Dr Tom Harrison, which may relate to the Rubery Hill/Hollymoor Hospitals in Northfield. There is also a reference to the 'Northfield experiments'. By 1949 the Hollymoor Hospital was recognisably distinct from Rubery Hill Hospital. It held 590 patients, falling slowly to 490 by 1984, and then dropping rapidly to 139 by 1994. The hospital closed in 1995, with Solihull Healthcare NHS Trust leasing accommodation from Solihull Hospital for its acute mental health services day hospital instead.

Records can be found at:


  Birmingham: Archives and Heritage Service

Record type

Date range


1899 - 1899


1899 - 1899

Clinical & Patients


Finding aids

Finding aids

Brief Guide(BG)

Location of finding aids

At Repository(AR)


AR: BG: MS 1809.


Includes records relating to use as a WWII Emergency Medical Service hospital, and to the 'Northfield experiments'.

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