TitleNether Edge Hospital, Sheffield formerly Ecclesall Bierlow Institution
AdminHistoryEcclesall Bierlow Union Workhouse, Union Road, Sheffield, 1842 - 1914
Ecclesall Bierlow Institution, Union Road, Sheffield, 1914 - 1925
Ecclesall Bierlow Institution, Sheffield Union, 1925 - 1927
Nether Edge Hospital, Osborne Road, Sheffield 1927 - 1997

The Ecclesall Bierlow Union was formed in 1837 under an order of the Poor Law Commissioners. It comprised the townships of Ecclesall Bierlow, Upper and Nether Hallam, Dore, Totley, the parish of Norton, and Beauchief Liberty.

The workhouse was built 1842 -1843 at Cherrytree Hill to replace an old workhouse in Psalter Lane. By 1895, as well as the main building, there were schools for boys and girls, an asylum (erected 1859), a hospital with male and female wards, a smallpox hospital, and tramp wards. A maternity block, named the Victoria Diamond Jubilee Maternity Hospital, was opened in 1897. Two more ward blocks were built in the following years and in 1903 the children's homes known as Fulwood Cottage Homes were built.

From 1914, by order of the Local Government Board following the 1909 Poor Law Commission Report, the term 'workhouse' was abandoned in favour of the term 'institution'.

By order of the Ministry of Health in 1925 Ecclesall Bierlow Union and Sheffield Union were dissolved and the new Sheffield Union was created. From c. 1927, after the building of a new maternity block, the Institution became known as Nether Edge Hospital. There were sections for general care, sanatorium blocks for the treatment of tuberculosis, and maternity care. Temporary closure with the loss of TB beds in December 1940 was the result of blitz damage, which also destroyed the dining hall and a nurses' home.

38 beds were provided for the treatment of short-stay cases of chronic rheumatism and in 1951 the proposal to provide a geriatric unit with around 120 beds (two male and two female wards) was approved. In 1959 tuberculous patients were transferred to Lodge Moor Hospital. The maternity department was provided with a completely new building in 1968; the department was closed in 1991.

The hospital closed entirely in 1997 and a large part of the site, including the main 1840s Kingswood building, was converted into residential use by Gleeson Homes in a £30 million redevelopment scheme. In January 2000 the Porterbrook Clinic, established in 1974, relocated from its original Whiteley Wood premises to rooms in one of the remaining hospital buildings.

On 1 April 1930, under the 1929 Local Government Act, Sheffield Union, including the Fulwood Cottage Homes, ceased to be administered by the Poor Law Board of Guardians and its Hospital Committee, and was transferred to the City Council for the sick inhabitants of the city under the Public Health Act, 1875, to be administered through the Hospitals Subcommittee of the Health Committee. As a result, patients were no longer admitted as 'necessitous persons' under the Poor Law Act, 1927, but upon medical certificate, except for 'necessitous sick persons' for whom the Public Assistance Committee was responsible.

With the establishment of the National Health Service in 1948 the hospital came under the administration of Sheffield No 1 Hospital Management Committee (HMC) of the Sheffield Regional Hospital Board, with Nether Edge Hospital the administrative headquarters. On 1 April 1971 Nether Edge Hospital became a teaching hospital, following the granting of University status to the HMC: on 31 March 1971 Sheffield No 1 HMC ceased to be a legal entity and from 1 April the North Sheffield University Hospital Management Committee became responsible for the hospitals in the former grouping.

Following reorganisation of the National Health Service from 31 March 1974, HMCs were abolished, replaced by District Management Teams of the Area Health Authority. Nether Edge Hospital was in the Southern (Teaching) District of Sheffield Area Health Authority, within Trent Regional Health Authority. The simplification of the National Health Service in 1982 brought an end to the district management teams. The basic unit of health care provision became the district health authority, and Sheffield Health Authority was created. Nether Edge Hospital was part of the Central Sheffield University Hospitals NHS Trust in 1996; this Trust later became the Sheffield University Hospitals NHS Trust. The Psychiatric Out-Patient Unit was managed by Sheffield Community Health NHS Trust.
Description Administration 1938 - 1974
NHS21/1/1 Steward's office, 1938 - 1948
NHS21/1/2 Sheffield No 1 Hospital Management Committee, later North Sheffield University
Hospital Management Committee: duplicate unsigned minutes, 1948 - 1974
NHS21/1/3 Sheffield No 1 Hospital Management Committee, later North Sheffield University
Hospital Management Committee, then Northern District Management Team:
duplicate agenda, reports and minutes, 1969 - 1974
NHS21/1/4 Control of Infection Committee, 1961 - 1965

Finance 1895 - 1949
NHS21/2/1 Accounts, 1909 - 1943
NHS21/2/2 Farm accounts, 1895 - 1948
NHS21/2/3 Requisitions and provisions, 1943 - 1949

Stores and equipment 1927 - 1950
NHS21/3/1 Inventories, 1927
NHS21/3/2 Correspondence and papers, 1949 - 1950
NHS21/3/3 Stock, 1940 - 1949

Establishment 1910 - 1949
NHS21/4/1 Summary of wages books, 1928 - 1948
NHS21/4/1a Wages accounts, 1938 - 1947
NHS21/4/2 Salaries book, 1937 - 1943
NHS21/4/3 Nurse training, c. 1910
NHS21/4/4 Staff attendance register, 1948 - 1949
NHS21/4/5 Applications for appointment, 1939 - 1940

Inmates/Patients 1890 - 1991
NHS21/5/1 Creed registers, 1890 - 1913
NHS21/5/2 Creed registers, 1902 - 1913
NHS21/5/3 Creed registers, 1907 - 1923
NHS21/5/4 Creed registers, males, 1913 - 1931
NHS21/5/5 Creed registers, females and children, 1913 - 1931
NHS21/5/6 Registers of inmates, 1904 - 1915
NHS21/5/7 Registers of inmates, males, 1914 - 1931
NHS21/5/8 Registers of inmates, females and children, 1914 - 1931
NHS21/5/9 Index books, males, 1914 - 1931
NHS21/5/10 Index books, females and children, 1914 - 1928
NHS21/5/11 Registers of patients, female, 1931 - 1944
NHS21/5/11a Registers of patients, male, 1939 - 1956
NHS21/5/11b Admission and discharge books, 1936 - 1946
NHS21/5/11c Relief lists (arranged by ward), 1938 - 1944
NHS21/5/12 Registers of admissions to asylum, males, 1920 - 1928
NHS21/5/12a Male patient mental condition record notes, 1937 - 1954
NHS21/5/12b Quarterly report of admissions (male mental wards), 1947 - 1955
NHS21/5/12c Registers of male patients (admitted under sections 20-21 of the Lunacy Act 1890), 1949 - 1954
NHS21/5/13 Registers of admissions to asylum, females, 1922 - 1926
NHS21/5/13a Registers of female patients (admitted under sections 20-21 of the Lunacy Act 1890), 1954 - 1956
NHS21/5/14 Registers of births, 1898 - 1951
NHS21/5/15 Registers of deaths, 1903 - 1948
NHS21/5/15a Notices of deaths, 1949
NHS21/5/16 Maternity ward admission registers, 1910 - 1948
NHS21/5/17 Maternity ward case registers, 1908 - 1991
NHS21/5/18 Arthritis ward admission registers, 1960 - 1962
NHS21/5/19 Statistics, 1948 - 1950
NHS21/5/20 Patients' accounts, 1925 - 1934
NHS21/5/21 Miscellaneous papers, 1920 - 1947
NHS21/5/22 Dormitory books, 1940 - 1952

Midwives' Institute, Sheffield Branch 1939 - 1948
NHS21/6/1 Minutes, 1939 - 1943
NHS21/6/2 Register of members, 1939 - 1948

Sheffield Municipal Officers' Guild (Nether Edge Hospital Department)
NHS21/7/1 Registers of members, 1936 - 1939
NHS21/7/2 Subscription/membership cards, 1938 - 1944
Date1890 - 1991
Extent375 items
AccessConditionsInformation in staff and patient records may be subject to access restrictions under the Data Protection Act, or may be subject to exemptions from the Freedom of Information Act. For further information please refer to a member of staff.
RelatedMaterialAlbum of job advertisements, etc 1926 - 1945 (Acc. 2007/126)

Ecclesall Bierlow Union workhouse: plans by William Flockton, 1840 - 1841 (AP43)

Ecclesall Bierlow Union: service register of employees' appointments, 1892 - 1925 (CA18/19)

Poor Law Union correspondence, 1900 - 1904 (CA510/2b)

Ecclesall Bierlow Union workhouse: plan of operating room by A. F. Watson, 1912 (AP108)

Ecclesall Bierlow Union workhouse: plan of temporary hospital by A. F. Watson, n.d. (AP107)

Particulars of Sheffield Union Institutional Accommodation including Fir Vale and Nether Edge Hospitals, 1929 (CA640/11)

Memoranda on admissions to Fir Vale and Nether Edge Hospitals following transfer of their administration to the Corporation, 1929 (CA640/25)

Sheffield Public Assistance Committee and related sub-committee records including maternity and child welfare, 1930 - 1950 (CA41)

Registers of children in Children's Homes, 1905 - 1936 (CA41/37-38); 1936 onwards (Acc. 2006/13)

Sheffield City Council Health Committee minutes, 1930 - 1948 (CA112/29 - 32)

Sheffield Regional Hospital Board minutes, 1948 - 1974 (NHS27)

Sheffield No 1 Hospital Management Committee, North Sheffield University Hospital Management Committee, 1948 - 1974 (NHS35)

Sheffield Area Health Authority (Teaching): Southern District Management Team minutes 1974 - 1982; Medical & Ethical Committee minutes 1975-1978 (NHS31)

Maternity discharge registers for patients admitted to Jessop Hospital from Nether Edge Hospital and Northern General Hospital, 1976-1982 (NHS12/6/3/6/1-3)

Copy ground plan of union workhouse buildings, 1895; ground plan of same as Nether Edge Hospital, 1933; existing floor plans (16) of hospital redevelopment, 1999; copies made c. 1980, 1999 (Acc. 2002/34 MD7556)

Also: Local Government Board and predecessors: correspondence with Ecclesall Bierlow Poor Law Union, 1833 - 1909 (at The National Archives, MH 12/14939-53)
Ecclesall Bierlow Union: annual reports, 1916 - 1923 (at Sheffield Local Studies 352.9S)
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