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John Capel Hanbury Hospital, Woodford Bridge, Essex

The John Capel Hanbury Hospital, named after its principal benefactor, was opened in 1923 at Barnardo's Boys' Garden City, Woodford Bridge. It replaced the London facilities of the Her Majesty's Hospital at Stepney Causeway. The new building adopted the then popular 'half-butterfly' layout with an administration block at the centre and ward blocks to each side.

John Capel Hanbury Hospital, Woodford Bridge, 1930s. © Peter Higginbotham

John Capel Hanbury Hospital, Woodford Bridge, 1930s. © Peter Higginbotham

Ward in John Capel Hanbury Hospital, Woodford Bridge, 1930s. © Peter Higginbotham

In 1947, the hospital merged its activities with those of the Australasian Hospital at Barnardo's Village Home. It was succeeded in 1952 by the the Hanbury Hospital Home which specialised in the care of the physically disabled.


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  • Barnardo, Syrie Louise, and Marchant, James Memoirs of the Late Dr Barnardo (Hodder & Stoughton, 1907)
  • Batt, J.H. Dr. Barnardo: The Foster-Father of "Nobody's Children" (S.W. Partridge, 1904)
  • Bready, J. Wesley Doctor Barnardo (Allen & Unwin, 1930)
  • Higginbotham, Peter Children's Homes: A History of Institutional Care for Britain's Young (2017, Pen & Sword)
  • Rose, June For the Sake of the Children: Inside Dr. Barnardo's: 120 years of caring for children (Hodder & Stoughton, 1987)
  • Wagner, Gillian Barnardo (Weidenfeld & Nicholson, 1979)