NOW AND THEN: Royal Gwent Hospital in Newport

NOW AND THEN: Royal Gwent Hospital in Newport

NOW AND THEN: Royal Gwent Hospital in Newport

NOW AND THEN: Royal Gwent Hospital in Newport

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This is the Royal Gwent Hospital in Newport. The hospital was opened in 1901 when patients arrived by tram or shanks’ pony - no cars to worry about parking then.

The site was donated by Lord Tredegar and the building cost £25,000. I can remember an open balcony where sick children with lung problems were wheeled out to give them fresh air – with today’s traffic the air wouldn’t be very fresh now. Before the founding of the NHS the hospital was funded by voluntary contributions.

Dave Woolven, Newport

The Now and Then picture is the Royal Gwent Hospital. I remember being in as a patient in 1979. In those days there was no central heating and you were even allowed to smoke on the wards.

There were 16 beds to a ward and we all used to eat together on a long table with a bench.

We used to tease the nurses but I remember one giving us all a shock by lifting her skirt at us.

There were gardens outside which have now been concreted over to make a car park, and I can clearly remember a Spitfire plane parked in the gardens to raise money for the War effort.

Clive Andrews, Newport

The Now and Then picture is the Royal Gwent Hospital which has now altered dramatically. At the front is the maternity clinic, out-patients department and the fracture clinic.

I remember that the hearing clinic used to be outside, but is now a department inside the hospital.

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7:38pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Elhorno says...

Back in the early 50's, the area where the exisiting maternity wards are, near Belle Vue Lane, was open ground where part was used to grow veggies for the hospital.
I used to live opposite on Cardiff Rd at No 57, which was opposite the bus stop, there was a very large roundabout at the bottom of Belle Vue Lane, with Crease's garage next to Luxton's shop by the railway crossing.
The fields where used once a year to hold the Royal Gwent Fete, this had fair ground type rides & stalls, and all the money raised went to the hospital
Back in the early 50's, the area where the exisiting maternity wards are, near Belle Vue Lane, was open ground where part was used to grow veggies for the hospital. I used to live opposite on Cardiff Rd at No 57, which was opposite the bus stop, there was a very large roundabout at the bottom of Belle Vue Lane, with Crease's garage next to Luxton's shop by the railway crossing. The fields where used once a year to hold the Royal Gwent Fete, this had fair ground type rides & stalls, and all the money raised went to the hospital Elhorno
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