Retro: Opening of Mexborough’s ‘people’s’ hospital



Thriving Mexborough Montagu Hospital was opened officially on May 18, 113 years ago by James Montagu.
It opened initially as a small cottage hospital and its patients were mainly local industrial workers. Treatment in Mexborough saved any injured person having to journey all the way in to Doncaster.
Landowner Andrew Montagu offered the new hospital committee a building on long lease with low rent. But local people from around Mexborough and the Dearne Valley also agreed to donate a weekly halfpenny from their wages to help finance the venture.
Initially the hospital had just 14 beds and two... read more

 
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