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Rickmansworth V.A.D. Hospital
St Augustine's Hall, Park Rd, Rickmansworth, Herts WD3 1HU
The Studio, Rectory Lane, Rickmansworth, Herts WD3 2AD
|1915 - 1918
The Rickmansworth V.A.D. Hospital was located in two separate buildings - St Augustine's Hall and The Studio - and was managed by the local Voluntary Aid Detachment (V.A.D.).
St Augustine's Hall, a former malthouse which had been bought by the Augustinians of the Assumption, had been lent by Father J. Julien. It had 20 beds.
The Studio, a house with a large lofty room, had been lent by Mr E. Beckett and had 16 beds.
The first patients were wounded Belgian soldiers transferred from the Royal Hospital Haslar.
By March 1915 the Hospital was affiliated to the First Eastern General Hospital in Cambridge, and was fully occupied.
By 1917 the Hospital had 40 beds (later 42) and was affiliated to the Napsbury (County of Middlesex) War Hospital.
It closed at the end of the war in 1918.
Present status (October 2010)
The premises of the Salter Brewery Company had been converted into St Augustine's Priory and Hall, and in 1909 the Roman Catholic church, Our Lady Help of Christians, was built adjacent to them.
The Studio became a dance studio in the 1920s. Today it is the Collective Dance Performating Arts School and College.
St Augustine's Hall.
The church was built adjacent to the former brewery.
The entrance to the Hall (above) bears a plaque commemorating the use of the building as an auxiliary hospital during the Great War (below).
Our Lady Help of Christians Roman Catholic Church at No. 5 Park Road, with St Augustine's Hall at the rear.
The Studio (above and below).
(Author unstated) 1915 Summary of work since the outbreak of war to date. London, British Red Cross Society.
(Author unstated) 1917 List of the various hospitals treating military cases in the United Kingdom. London, H.M.S.O.
Carrington B 1995 Care in Crisis. Hertfordshire British Red Cross 1907-1994. Towcester, Baron Birch for Quotes Ltd.
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