Cumbria Archive Service - catalogues and guides - hospitals

Prior to the 20th century, medical care for the poor was provided by dispensaries and voluntary hospitals funded by charitable donations and public subscriptions. The poor were also treated in workhouses, many of which had no separate infirmary. Conditions did, however, improve considerably by the turn of the century and separate union infirmaries became more common. With the abolition of the Boards of Guardians in 1929 union infirmaries came under the control of the health committees of county and county borough councils. These authorities and the earlier local sanitary authorities had already become involved in the running of isolation hospitals, sanatoriums, etc under the terms of the Public Health Act 1875 and the 1911 National Insurance Act. In 1948 responsibility for all local authority and most voluntary hospitals was vested in the National Health Service.

Links to online catalogues of holdings:

Alston: Ruth Lancaster James Cottage Hospital, Alston

Appleby: St Anne's Hospital

Barrow-in Furness: North Lonsdale Hospital

Blencathra Isolation Hospital

Brampton Cottage Hospital

Carlisle City General Hospital

For Carlisle City Maternity Hospital, George Street and Fusehill Street, Carlisle Fever Hospital, please contact Carlisle Archive Centre

Carlisle: Cumberland Infirmary

Carlisle: Garlands Mental Hospital

Carlisle Infectious Diseases Hospital (formerly Carlisle Smallpox Hospital)

Carlisle: Strathclyde House

Cleator Moor: Stirling's Infirmary

Cockermouth Cottage Hospital

Cumbria Ambulance Service NHS Trust

Dovenby Hall Colony/Hospital

Hensingham: Galemire Joint Fever Hospital

Kendal Memorial Hospital/Westmorland County Hospital

Kendal Smallpox Hospital, contact Kendal Archive Centre for more information

Keswick: Mary Hewetson Cottage Hospital

Maryport: Victoria Cottage Hospital

Meathop Isolation Hospital (formerly Westmorland Sanatorium)

Milnthorpe Institution (later Milnthorpe Mental Hospital)

Ormside Infectious Diseases Hospital

Penrith Fairhill Infectious Hospital

Penrith: Jubilee Cottage Hospital

Penrith Maternity Home

Sedbergh Isolation Hospital

Sedbergh United Charities and Widows' Hospital

Ulverston and District Cottage Hospital

Ulverston: High Carley Hospital

Ulverston: Stanley Hospital

Whitehaven: Whitehaven and West Cumberland Hospitals

Windermere: Ethel Hedley Orthopaedic Hospital for Children

Workington Infirmary