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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 ( 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
c. September 1915
1) Number of beds
Whether for officers only: no
Whether for officers and rank & file: rank & file
Stating numbers of each: 60 rank & file
Whether for rank & file alone: yes

2) Staff provided
Number of medical men available: 2, or more as required
Number of nurses fully trained: 2

3) Whether full provision of
a) beds: 60 yes
b) hospital stores and drugs: yes
c) food: yes

4) Are you prepared to undertake the whole cost of maintenance, including pay of entire staff, if so, for how long? No

If not, state definitely what financial aid is required: War Office grant of 2/ to 3/ per occupant per day

Commandant: JM Bean

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

Brancepeth’s First World War Project

Civil Parish: Brancepeth

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