Harold Wood Mortuary
( please note - I only visited the morgue - and it was @ midnight )
Harold Wood Hospital was a hospital in northeast
London, United Kingdom. It was located in Gubbins
Lane, Harold Wood, in the London Borough of
Havering. The Havering Campus of London South
Bank University, an NHS polyclinic and a long term
conditions unit continue to operate at the hospital
site, and a residential development by Countryside
Properties is planned.
The hospital was opened in 1909 by West Ham County Borough council, as the Grange convalescent home for children, which operated with the nearby Plaistow fever hospital. The Grange had been a private house, built in 1884 by John Compton, owner of the Gubbins estate. The convalescent home was maintained by the county borough until the Second World War, as an emergency hospital. After the war it became a permanent hospital, and in the 1960s was significantly enlarged.
The hospital later became part of the Barking, Havering and Redbridge Hospitals NHS Trust. It was closed on 13 December 2006 with patients and functions relocated to Queen's Hospital and to King George Hospital in Redbridge. The site vacated by the hospital has been earmarked for a 470-home housing development.
The original plan to keep certain NHS facilities has been superseded and the entire plot has been approved for residential development. Local residents are opposing the proposal of over 800 dwellings, including a 9 storey block.