A view of three wards, each separated from the others by large internal windows, at Cold Arbour Hospital

24 Jun 1939
Cold Arbour Hospital, Abingdon Road, Oxford, Oxfordshire
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The original caption may contain language which is historic and which may no longer be considered appropriate. It has been retained in the record in the interest of historical accuracy.

The caption on the reverse of the photograph reads: “Oxford City isolation hospital, Oxford. Three wards in one. This picture, taken in the scarlet fever block of the Oxford City Isolation Hospital, shows three separate wards in one each being separated from the other by a large sheet of glass. Each section has four beds in it.”

In the mid-1880s, Cold Arbour hospital – the Oxford City isolation hospital – was built, replacing the city’s first fever hospital built in 1871. The hospital provided treatment for infectious patients and fever cases previously accommodated in fever wards at the Radcliffe Infirmary and in a nearby workhouse; the original two-ward hospital was enlarged in 1894 to enable the admission of more patients. A replacement for the hospital at Cold Arbour was opened in 1939 but due to the Second World War the transition did not take place. Instead, Cold Arbour hospital was used primarily as a secondary tuberculosis hospital until 1954, caring for patients who were beyond the treatment provided in the Osler Pavilion. After this time, the hospital was re-opened as a rehabilitation hospital. See also MED01/01/0427-0428 and MED01/01/0430. High-resolution copies of this image are available for free for non-commercial use. Please Enquire to place an order.


This is part of the Series: MED01/01 Series of prints; within the Collection: MED01 The Medical Collection


Source: Historic England Archive

People & Organisations

Photographer: Topical Press Agency Limited

Photographer: Harrison, Norman Kingsley


Hospital Ward, Infectious Diseases Hospital, Health And Welfare