25th November


Board of Management: minutes Nov 1859 - Jan 1865 NHNN/A/4/1

At a meeting of the Committee of the National Hospital for the Paralysed and Epileptic held at 1 Turnwheel Lane, City on 25th November 1859. Mr Alderman Wire in the Chair.

Present The Viscount Raynham MP, Mr Alderman Hale, Anthony W Clarke Esq, R C Barton Esq, EH Chandler Esq, J Z Lawrence Esq, Edward Burkitt Esq.

It was moved by A W Clarke Esq. and seconded by RC Barton Esq. that Edward Burkitt Esq. be added to the Committee.

The proposed rules of the Hospital were submitted to the meeting and after some discussion thereon it was moved, seconded and resolved unanimously. That consideration thereof be postponed until the next meeting of the Committee.

It was moved by A W Clarke Esq. and seconded by RC Barton Esq. and carried unanimously. That an appeal be made to the Public urging the cause of the Hospital and the necessity of deferring the opening thereof until a fund of about £5000 be raised.

The Viscount Raynham reported that he had received a donation of £50 from Tho.s Higham Esq.

Mr Alderman Hale also reported the following donations:

Mr Sheriff Conder £10.10.0

Mr B Bunning Esq. £10.10.0


Matron’s Reports NHNN/N/3/1

Cicely U Tafe – reports from 21 May 1929 to 22 May 1945

‘On November 20th, Staff Nurse Redpath-Smith was struck by a violent patient in Bentinck. Her arm was X-rayed and nothing seen beyond extensive bruising. Nurse and her relatives have been much disturbed by this, and I mention it, in case it leads to a question of compensation.’


On This Day is a diary of day to day life in the Hospital covering 1859 to the 1940’s.

Extracts are taken from the staff records, letters, the reports of the Matron and the Lady Superintendent, and the minutes of the Board of Management and the Medical Committee. They were compiled with the help of Janet Townsend, Frankie Alves, Louise Shepherd, Michael Clark and Liz Yamada

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