York County Hospital

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York County Hospital (1740–1977) was a hospital in York, England.

It was founded in April 1740 in a rented house in Monkgate and moved in 1745 to a new larger building with 50 beds fronting onto Monkgate. In the first five years of the hospital, 2,417 patients were treated.

According to one account, "the benevolent Lady Hastings, who, in the year 1749, bequeathed a legacy of £500, for the relief of the diseased poor in the county of York; which fund being augmented by other contributions, the present edifice was soon after erected." [1]

In 1840 there was a competition to design a new hospital and in 1851 the original (1745) building was demolished and replaced with a new building costing around 11,000 pounds - 7,000 pounds from subscriptions and 4,000 pounds from existing funds. The new building was built behind the previous building and offered considerably more space, with one hundred beds. It was designed by JB & W. Atkinson.

In 1887, the hospital merged with the York Eye Institution which had been opened in 1875, but which was being rarely used. In 1902 a nurses’ home was built by the hospital.

In 1976 the hospital facilities moved to York Hospital which had six hundred beds; the ante-natal clinic remained on-site until 1980. The Sainsbury’s supermarket at Jewbury was then built while the hospital building, re-named County House, was turned into flats after being used for a while as the headquarters of Yorkshire Water.

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