Keelmans Hospital

The almshouses paid for and built in 1701 by the keelmen (boatmen who transported coal on the River Tyne) to house the poor and aged keelmen.

The building is now used as accommodation for students of Northumbria University.


June 2014




March 2012

The building has now been empty for some time and it looks like it is falling into a state of disrepair which is a real shame as it is a fantastic building packed with history.






May and June 2007

Keelmans Hospital


Keelmans Hospital


Keelmans Hospital


Keelmans Hospital


Keelmans Hospital


Keelmans Hospital


Keelmans Hospital


Keelmans Hospital


Keelmans Hospital


Keelmans Hospital


4 comments:

Anonymous said...

I lived in Keelman's 1979-1980. There was a beautiful cherry tree in the square in the centre of the building.

ILuvNUFC said...

The last time I passed the place it was boarded up around the back and it did'nt look like anyone lived their anymore.
I think I will pay another visit some time soon.

Anonymous said...

As a child in the 1950s i lived in this god forsaken place, gas lights, cold water, outside taps, outside toilets, mice, rats,cockroaches and bugs that fed off me as i slept i was surrounded by the lowest forms of life, this place was a left over from Dickens and to top all that the place is haunted. With spirits so powerfull, they freeze you rigid when you are awake. It was a blessing when the council condemned it as unfit for human habitation. I often pass this place and still today it sends a shiver down my spine. This is a listed building in need of repair, when the work is complete it would be a good idea for the Council to call in an exorist or better still before the work starts. Do not under estimate this place

Anonymous said...

This was a wonderful characterful place to live as an undergraduate. I had a great self-contained, large studio flat with a riverside view- unbelievable! It's a short walk into town or the University and was around the corner from the Riverside Club. It was comparatively cheap and I feel very privileged for the two years I spent there. I know the whole landscape has been redeveloped around this area. The council was a great landlord and I really hope they haven't let this building run into neglect.