Children in beds in an open-air ward at the Wingfield-Morris Orthopaedic Hospital

24 Jun 1939
Wingfield Morris Orthopaedic Hospital, Old 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: “Wingfield-Morris Orthopaedic Hospital, Oxford. One of the open-air wards at the Wingfield-Morris Orthopaedic Hospital, Oxford.”

The Wingfield Convalescent Home opened in 1872, intended for patients discharged from the Radcliffe Infirmary. It was extended in 1903 and some space reserved for tuberculosis patients. After the First World War the Wingfield Convalescent Home was used for the orthopaedic treatment of war pensioners and one ward was reserved for children; wooden huts had been built in the grounds for the treatment of orthopaedic injuries – these became known as the Oxford Orthopaedic Centre. G. R. Gridlestone, who in 1937 became Britain’s first Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, treated patients. In 1921 the Convalescent Home itself officially became an orthopaedic hospital. In 1924 the buildings had been improved and Wingfield became an ‘open air hospital’, but much of the care was still carried out in the huts. The hospital was rebuilt in 1930; the Wingfield-Morris Orthopaedic Hospital officially opened in 1933. After joining the NHS the hospital was renamed the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre, and it is now an internationally renowned orthopaedic hospital. See also MED01/01/0437-0439. 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


Orthopaedic Hospital, Open Air Ward Block, Hospital Ward, Health And Welfare