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Old Addenbrookes circa 1900

Old Addenbrookes Hospital / Judge Business School

History of Old Addenbrookes Hospital

    Old Addenbrookes

Part of the original building of 1740 survived in incorporated in the 19th century additions. John Addenbrookes (died 1719) left £4,500 to found a hospital; land was bought in 1728 and building began in 1740. (See 1959 Royal Commission on Historical Monuments Survey of Cambridge)

Old Addenbrookes, date unknown (MoC315/85)

1758 part of hospital already built

1763 further building

1764 further land purchased

1766 original hospital completed

1766 two cottages next to hospital purchased and converted into kitchen

1768 reconstruction of ‘underground floor’ to provide kitchen, coal house, pantry, bathroom and lumber room

1768 cottage with old kitchen demolished

1772-78 burials

The case for public hospitals like Addenbrooke’s – 1776

1806 dissecting room and mortuary built

1823-4 North and south wings and colonnade erected

1833-4 Fever wards (Goode and Bowtell) erected on two floors

1837 number of beds increased by 22 to 100

1843 (Romilly’s Cambridge Diary March, editor’s note) People who subscribed two guineas or more annually became governors of the hospital and could recommend patients according to the amount of their subscription.

1844 additional land purchased. Two new wards erected on Tennis Court Road but later demolished and replaced by Nurses’ Home.

1864-6 extensive rebuilding of hospital

Addenbrooke’s Hospital, 1865, photo by A Nicholls taken from roof of Fitzwilliam Museum (Cambridgeshire Collection)

1877-8 new three floor building erected on site of mortuary

Addenbrookes Hospital c.1890 (photo J Valentine)

Addenbrooke’s Hospital children’s ward July 1894.(Cambridgeshire Collection)

Mary Cureton hospital matron (second left)

1896-7 nurses home erected

1898 new operating theatre

1899 steam laundry erected on south side


Cricket match, 1901, in aid of Adenbrooke’s Hospital

1902 Victoria and Albert colonnade fitted up for open air treatment of surgical tuberculosis

CDN 1.10.1902: A fire broke out in the women’s ward at the top of the left wing of Addenbrooke’s Hospital. In a very short time the flames secured a firm hold and the unfortunate patients had to be removed.

1906 Another fire accurred at the hospital.

1912-13 John Bonnett Laboratory erected

Press 24.5.1912 : Mrs H. Bonnett of Lensfield Road has offered to build, equip and endow a Clinical Laboratory for the benefit of Addenbrooke’s Hospital as a memorial to her son, the late Mr John Bonnett, who was for many years secretary and legal adviser to the Hospital and one of its most earnest advocates and supporters. It is not often that such a generous, one might almost say princely, benefaction is offered for such an invaluable object. It is a most generous gift at a time when the Governors are about to decide on plans for a new Children’s Ward and out-patients’ department.

Ward, Old Addenbrookes c.1912 (Mike Petty Fenland History)

1914 Outpatient Department erected. Tipperary Ward (25 beds) built.

Old Addenbrookes 1922 (Cambridgeshire Collection)

1923-4 new nurses home

1926-7 two new operating theatres

General information about the Old Addenbrooke’s site can be found on Wikipedia.

1929, Stallholders make donation to hospital

1932 The Duke and Duchess of York opened new wards including an X-Ray clinic.

Addenbrooke’s Hospital receipt, 1945

Addenbrooke’s Hospital Receipt, 1945

Once the NHS was created, Pamela Knights moved from her work for the Maintenance Fund and started work as a receptionist in the orthopaedic unit at Addenbrooke’s:

Her work at the hospital brought her into contact with wounded and convalescing servicemen:

Old Addenbrookes, circa 1960 (MoC10.55.70)

Addenbrooke’s (MoC9.55.70)

1984 Hospital closed

In the 1990s the architect John Outram transformed the former hospital into the Cambridge Institute of Management Studies, adding three new buildings behind the 1860s facade.

Pevsner described the new treatment of the old building as ‘pugnacious’ and ‘idiosyncratic postmodern-classical.’



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