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Old Addenbrookes circa 1900

Old Addenbrookes Hospital (Judge Institute of Management)

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

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

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

1896-7: nurses home erected

1898: new operating theatre

1899: steam laundry erected on south side

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

1912-13: John Bonnett Laboratory erected

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

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


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