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Interested Canadian

Kingston, Canada

#1 Aug 11, 2006
I have recently been introduced to the history and consequent demolition of RVH Netley. I would love to talk to someone who had actually worked in that complex. Please let me know if there is anyone out there who has had experience at Netley Hospital?
mike

Edinburgh, UK

#2 Feb 3, 2007
Hi, I pulled it down ! As manager, piece by piece for my employer Mr Bill Perry (Perrys demolition LTD) Southampton ,A grand Character and a good but very hard working Boss.Anything you wish to know please ask, including "the grey Lady" and what was really under the foundation stone 41 years ago.
all the best.
mike
mike

Edinburgh, UK

#3 Feb 3, 2007
ok
Jack

Kingston, Canada

#4 Feb 17, 2007
Mike very much interested in all aspects of the hospital.
Good place to start would be the foundation stone, it sounds like it was an interesting building and project for you, I will be appreciative of any and all information you can offer.

Jack.
Don

UK

#5 Feb 26, 2007
My father Worked in the building in the early 50s and we lived in married quarters in the hospital grounds. There was a railway spur running from the main Southampton to Portsmouth Line which passed to the rear of our house on it's way to the hospital. I have seen a train (steam) use the line but in the main it was not used and fell into disrepair. The line was a great place to play.

The hospital building was "huge" and it was possible to walk from one end to the other along a wide corridor covered with green highly polished linoleum.(This was in the days before "Security" took over) The corridors had huge windows, along their length, overlooking Southampton Water.

In those days the pier was still in existance and many hours were spent fishing and watching the great ocean liners entering/leaving Southampton. I left the area when I joined the RAF. I did not know the hospital had been demolished and it was quite a shock to see the place gone when I visited the area many years later..

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Interested Canadian wrote:
I have recently been introduced to the history and consequent demolition of RVH Netley. I would love to talk to someone who had actually worked in that complex. Please let me know if there is anyone out there who has had experience at Netley Hospital?
Don

UK

#6 Mar 1, 2007
There are a couple of searches you could on Google
enter RAMC or QARANC One is the Royal Army Medical Corp the other is the Queen Alexanders Royal Army Nursing Corp. I'm sure you would be able to locate some info on RVH personnel.

Last time I visited the Country Park I approached the the Estate Office and a gentleman kindly photocopied some historical material for me. The office is in the same building as the visitor centre which stocks some leaflets and booklets on the hospital. The address is:

Visitors Center
Royal Victoria Country Park
Netley
Southampton SO31 5GA

Tel+44 23 8045 5157
JOHN MIDDLESBROUGH UK

Middlesbrough, UK

#7 Aug 31, 2007
I served has a male nurse at the RVH from 1964 to 1967 and had permission from my CO to help with the demolition during my days off. I would be happy to help anyone with their searches.
JOHNNEY MIDDLESBROUGH UK

Middlesbrough, UK

#8 Sep 3, 2007
Although a lot of things have been said about the rvh,many people do not know that there where two sets of plans for hospitals.One was to be built at netley and the other in INDIA,I think it was delhi,but the plans got mixed up.That is why the wards in the netley hospital where not next to the windows,which would have been to the benefit of the patients,but away from the heat of the day in India.
Pete

UK

#9 Aug 17, 2008
I spent 5 good years in the medics at Netley.
There are 2 books that give you the history of the RVH, I beieve they are still available from the shop, which is now a country park. If not from them, the RAMC museum should have them.
Any problems then let me know and i will try from this end.
Joanna Streetly

Surrey, Canada

#10 Apr 3, 2009
Does anyone know if the psychiatric hospital at Netley was in use in 1919?
Also, when the Red cross hutted hospital was built, how big were the huts? What were they made of?
James

Canada

#11 Apr 5, 2009
Interested Canadian wrote:
I have recently been introduced to the history and consequent demolition of RVH Netley. I would love to talk to someone who had actually worked in that complex. Please let me know if there is anyone out there who has had experience at Netley Hospital?
I was posted to Netley in 1954 as a young national Serviceman. After a year the British Army Physiotherapy School was moved to Woolwich. My room was on the second floor on the right side of the building.
James
James

Canada

#12 Apr 5, 2009
Don wrote:
My father Worked in the building in the early 50s and we lived in married quarters in the hospital grounds. There was a railway spur running from the main Southampton to Portsmouth Line which passed to the rear of our house on it's way to the hospital. I have seen a train (steam) use the line but in the main it was not used and fell into disrepair. The line was a great place to play.
The hospital building was "huge" and it was possible to walk from one end to the other along a wide corridor covered with green highly polished linoleum.(This was in the days before "Security" took over) The corridors had huge windows, along their length, overlooking Southampton Water.
In those days the pier was still in existance and many hours were spent fishing and watching the great ocean liners entering/leaving Southampton. I left the area when I joined the RAF. I did not know the hospital had been demolished and it was quite a shock to see the place gone when I visited the area many years later..
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You brought back memories when you mentioned the highly polished green lino. Many an hour had I spent "bumping" the surface to make it so shiny that you could shave in it!
david meyer

Coburg, Australia

#13 Apr 25, 2009
I was in Netley psychiatric hospital in 1960.s =given upteen electro shock tratments.
Then dischrged to civil hospital psych also.
Does any one know if this was research establish ments-As i believe My comrades and I were used in some srt of experiment

thanks
D.M Meyer medic R.A.M.C.
James

Canada

#14 Apr 27, 2009
Joanna Streetly wrote:
Does anyone know if the psychiatric hospital at Netley was in use in 1919?
Also, when the Red cross hutted hospital was built, how big were the huts? What were they made of?
Hi Joanna, If you GOOGLE Netley hospital+QARANC you will get a paragraph or so on the Military Asylum Mental Hospital which had patients from 1870. I was told that it was a tented area and up to three thousand soldier patients were camped out.
Jim McGregor
Jason Rees

Milton Keynes, UK

#15 May 7, 2009
Joanna Streetly wrote:
Does anyone know if the psychiatric hospital at Netley was in use in 1919?
Also, when the Red cross hutted hospital was built, how big were the huts? What were they made of?
Hi Jo, please email me on jason@reescommunications.co.uk for info
Clive Quinn

Perth, Australia

#16 Sep 1, 2009
I spent about 5 years as a nurse at RVH in the early 70's. I still have my silver hospital badge which depicts the Chapel building,
lewis

UK

#17 Oct 21, 2009
they done a very strange acid hippy type film on location of the old building before its demolition any ideas what this film was titled and who has a copy? peace my brothers n sisters....
Jim MGregor

Vancouver, Canada

#18 Oct 21, 2009
Lewis, The nearest to a strange acid hippy film from Netley was perhaps Jonathon Millar's Alice in wonderland. The rabbit hole was the upper corridor made to look like it was up on end. The BBC produced it and it is on DVD somewhere, no mention of an Oscar. If I remember correctly it had some well known actors, Peter Cook, John Gielgud, Leo(she who must be obayed)McKern, Michael Redgrave and Peter Sellers. Another film was made about a year into the first world war about "shell shocked" soldiers.
Rudolf Hess was taken to Netley soon after he parachuted into Scotland. I wonder if that is on film somewhere?
Jim McGregor
Jim MGregor

Vancouver, Canada

#19 Oct 21, 2009
It was filmed about 1966
Jim mcGregor
Eve

Greeley, CO

#20 Jun 7, 2010
I had an aunt (my mother's sister) I visited in the hospital when I was a girl. This would have been between the years of 1945 and maybe as late as 1953 or 54. I believe she was admitted there earlier than 1945. Are there any records where I could find her name, when she arrived, and if she was ever discharged? At close to age 70, I'm starting to put together a family history, which hasn't been done before, so information is very scarce.

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