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Details: Bennetts End Hospital, Hemel Hempstead

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Present name

Bennetts End Hospital 

Previous name(s)

Pest House (18Th Century)
Wood Lane End Pest House (? - ?)
Highfield Lane Isolation Hospital (? - ?)
Hemel Hempstead Infectious Diseases Hospital (? - c.1952)  


Bennetts End Hemel Hempstead HP3 9JW 

Previous location

Pest House Lane, later known as Wood Lane End (18th Century)
Highfield Lane (1898 - 1914)

Foundation Year




Administrative authorities

Regional Hospital Board (1948-74)

North West Metropolitan 

Hospital Management Committee (1948-74)

West Hertfordshire 

Regional Health Authority (1974-82)

North West Thames 

Regional Health Authority (1982- )

North West Thames 

District Health Authority (1974-82)

North West 

District Health Authority (1982- )

North West Hertfordshire 

County (before 1974)


County (1974-1996)


County (after 1996)

Not applicable 


Pre 1948

Local Authority

Post 1948



Pre 1948


Post 1948


Other information

There was a pest house at Wood Lane End from the mid-eighteenth century. By 1898, however, the need was felt to erect a more modern isolation hospital for the area. Thus a wooden hut was erected on Highfield Lane, in Hemel Hempstead. It was run by the local authority for the use of patients only within that district, namely the area surrounding Hemel Hempstead. In 1913 it was decided to erect a purpose-built building at Bennets End with a total of 45 beds, although during a smallpox epidemic in 1916 the Highfield Lane hospital had to be re-opened. In 1948 the hospital passed into the hands of the Minister of Health as part of Group 9 of the North West Metropolitan Regional Board along with Aldbury, Tring and Watford Isolation Hospitals.

Records can be found at:


  Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies

Record type

Date range


1900 - 1948


1900 - 1948


1906 - 1930

   Admission & Discharge

1929 - 1948

Finding aids

Finding aids

Brief Guide(BG), Catalogue

Location of finding aids

At Repository(AR)


At Repository: CAT: HI5

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