Elswick Road - The Gables


The Gables was the home of the Richardson family, owners of the Elswick Leather Works and was built in the mid 1870's.

The Gables was purchased in 1919 from the Richardson family and became the Princess Mary Maternity Hospital. This then moved to new premises in Jubilee Road and it was decided that The Gables should be totally independent. In 1948 the NHS decided not to take The Gables over in its rationalisation of local health services and by 1950 it was in financial difficulties. It was then forced to close and was sold to the Salvation Army who renamed it the Hopedene Nursing Home. This was closed in 1974.

After that it operated as a hostel which closed in 1994.


The Gables


The Gables - Elswick Road




11 comments:

alf stone said...

Just flicking through your site and I was pleased to find these pictures of the Gables. I was born there in 1944. Thanks for that.

ILuvNUFC said...

No problem. Send me an email as I think I may have a few more photos of the place that may interest you.

rhys said...

V. interesting ! I was born at the Gables in 1950 . No one ever explained the history or background to me !

Anonymous said...

My mother. Was born there

elizabeth hope said...

My mother was born there 1940

Cazza said...

I was born here in 1959 it was then called Hopedene and run by the Salvation Army I am quite confused why my mother chose to have me there it gets some awful publicity about unmarried mothers and having their babies taken away from them. My mother and father were married.

Kevin.pooley said...

Cazza She was probably attracted by the home’s good reputation locally, as I assume were the other 439 married women who chose the home for their confinement that year.

kevin.pooleyREMOVETHIS@salvationarmy.org.uk

Chris said...

I was born there in 1953. My mother and father were married too. My mother said she had to go there as there were no beds available at the General Hospital at that time. As a child my Aunt used to take me there for the summer fete each year. She was a nurse and she new many of the nurses there.

Chris said...

I was born at Hopedean in 1953. My parents were married too. My mother said she went there because there were no beds available at the General hospital at that time. My Aunt was a nurse and she took me to the Hopedean's summer fairs each year. She knew many of the nurses there and they were always pleased to see me each.

Chris said...

I was born there in 1953. My parents were married too, the reason my mother went was because there were no beds available at General Hospital at that time. My Aunt used to take me to the summer fairs they held at Hopedean each year. The nurses were pleased to see me each year as I growing up.

Unknown said...

I was born there in 1948. My parents were married and lived in Burnopfield.