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Details: Watford General Hospital (Holywell Wing), Watford

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Present name

Watford General Hospital (Holywell Wing) 

Previous name(s)

Watford and District Isolation Hospital (1896 - 1948)
Holywell Hospital (1948 - 1968)  


Tolpits Lane Watford WD1 8QE 

Foundation Year




Closure 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)

South West 

District Health Authority (1982- )

South West Hertfordshire 

County (before 1974)


County (1974-1996)


County (after 1996)

Not applicable 


Pre 1948

Local Authority

Post 1948



Pre 1948


Post 1948

Geriatric, OTHER: Chest and isolation.

Other information

The Watford and District Isolation Hospital was opened in 1896, in Tolpits Lane, Watford by the Watford Joint Hospital Board at a cost of 12,058. It consisted of two wards and two isolation blocks with a total of forty-two beds. In 1904 the hospital was enlarged to a total of 66 beds. The Joint Hospital Board also made arrangements to use the Holywell Hospital as a smallpox hospital. The hospital was further extended in 1934 to 100 beds at a cost of 26,000. The hospital became part of Watford General Hospital in 1968 and was fully absorbed by that hospital in 1982.

Records can be found at:


  Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies

Record type

Date range


1896 - 1948


1896 - 1948


1896 - 1931

Finding aids

Finding aids

Brief Guide(BG), Catalogue

Location of finding aids

At Repository(AR)


At Repository: CAT: HI12

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