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Details: Hemel Hempstead General Hospital (St Pauls Wing), Hemel Hempstead

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Present name

Hemel Hempstead General Hospital (St Pauls Wing) 

Previous name(s)

Hemel Hempstead Workhouse (c.1869 - c.1920)
Hemel Hempstead Infirmary (c.1920 - 1930)
Hemel Hempstead Institution (c.1930 - 1948)
St Paul's Hospital (1948 - c.1970)  


Allendale Hemel Hempstead HP2 5HT 

Previous location

Allendale formerly known as Redbourn Road

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

Poor Law, Local Authority

Post 1948



Pre 1948


Post 1948


Other information

St Paul's Hospital originally opened in 1836 as the workhouse for the Hemel Hempstead Union, which consisted of the parishes of Bovingdon, Flaunden, Great Gaddesden, Hemel Hempstead and Kings Langley (the parish of Markyate was created in 1897). The workhouse had an infirmary with 224 beds to house patients who were aged, infirm or chronically ill. The workhouse and infirmary were situated in Allendale Road in Hemel Hempstead. From April 1930 under the Local Government Act 1929, responsibility for the workhouses, including workhouse infirmaries, passed from the Boards of Guardians to the County Council's Dacorum Guardians Committee, which was responsible for the area of the former Hemel Hempstead Union plus part of the former Berkhamsted Union. The workhouse became known as Hempstead House. In May 1936 the Berkhamsted workhouse closed and Hempstead House became responsible for the poor, including the sick poor, of the entire Dacorum Guardians Committee area.

Records can be found at:


  Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies

Record type

Date range


1935 - 1974


1964 - 1974

   Admission & Discharge

1935 - 1948

Finding aids

Finding aids


Location of finding aids

At Repository(AR)


At Repository: CAT: HW1

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