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Brancepeth Castle, Brancepeth


7th Durham Voluntary Aid Detachment Hospital. Listed building


Type: Hospital

Brancepeth Castle was used as the 7th Durham Voluntary Aid Detachment Hospital during the First World War.

The archives at the Museum of the Order of St John (http://museumstjohn.org.uk/research/st-john-archive/) hold some records concerning VAD hospitals in County Durham. The following information is from this collection: ref OSJ/1/1/12/7

No 7 VAD Hospital, Brancepeth Castle, Durham

14 September 1917

Commandant: The Honorable Eustace Russel

Hospital: This is the private house of Viscount Boyne, kindly lent for the purpose of a hospital.

Beds: 126 Beds in
5 Wards
8 Small huts
2 Isolation wards, also a surgery

Trained staff: 1 sister-in-charge
1 sister

Massage: 1 masseuse (living in)

VADs: 8 work in shifts, 4 live in

Paid help: This is supplied by the private services

Remarks: This hospital is in a wing of this loverly house and is in excellent order. There is every comfort and convenience. A good recreation and mess room. Revolving huts have been erected in the grounds.

Signed: SA Swift


Other information:
VAD Hospitals in Northumberland and Durham 1914-1918
http://www.donmouth.co.uk/local_history/VAD/VAD_hospitals.html

Brancepeth’s First World War Project
http://www.durhamatwar.org.uk/project/brancepeth-archives-and-history-group-brancepeth-village-in-ww1/

Civil Parish: Brancepeth

Contributed by Durham County Council Archaeology Section | Durham County Record Office