|LOST HOSPITALS OF LONDON
The Beeches Auxiliary
Fairfield, Beech Road, Reigate Hill, Surrey
|1916 - 1919
In March 1916 Mrs A.C. Brown of Brokes Lodge, Reigate, opened an auxiliary hospital for sick and wounded servicemen in The Beeches, a house in Wray Lane, Reigate Hill. The Beeches Auxiliary Military Hospital had 20 beds and was affiliated to the Third London General Hospital.
In October 1916 a large wooden hut was built in the grounds of the property, which doubled the bed accommodation to 40.
The Hospital had a nursing staff of a Matron, a trained nurse, 8 members of the local Voluntary Aid Detachment (who lived in) and a masseuse. Patients received general and X-ray treatments, massage and electrotherapy. For entertainment, they had the use of a large room with a billiard table.
Following a request from the War Office for more bed accommodation, the Commandant arranged for the Hospital to move to larger premises. The Hospital re-opened in July 1917 in Fairfield, in nearby Beech Road, with 50 beds.
In September 1917 the Hospital became affiliated with the Lewisham Military Hospital.
It closed on 31st May 1919.
Present status (May 2011)
After the war Fairfield became the Marie Celeste Annexe of the London Hospital. During WW2 it joined the Emergency Medical Service under the control of King's College Hospital. The annexe closed sometime in the 1960s.
The house has been demolished and its site redeveloped.
The Beeches in Wray Lane, the original site of the Hospital, from which it took its name.
Looking down Beech Road, Fairfield and its grounds are on the left (left). Looking up Beech Road, Fairfield is on the right (right).
The site of Fairfield has been redeveloped. Perhaps the original boundary wall remains.
One of the new houses of the Fairfield redevelopment, as seen across from a neighbouring garden.
(Author unstated) 1917 List of the various hospitals treating military cases in the United Kingdom. London, H.M.S.O.
(Author unstated) 1918 Red Cross Work in Surrey During 1917. 5th Annual Report. British Red Cross Society Surrey Branch.
Ingram A 1992 Social Scenes of Yesterday. Glimpses of Reigate and Redhill, 1900-1920. Self-published.
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