Birmingham Health & Welfare

Hollymoor Hospital – Northfield

Hollymoor Hospital c1915

Hollymoor Hospital c1915

Built in 1900 by Martin & Martin as an asylum, Hollmoor Hospital, due to its green dome capped water tower, has been something of a landmark in South Birmingham – the water tower being thankfully retained, along with some of the original buildings, to form a health centre. Opened in 1905 the hospital originally served as a ‘annexe’ to Rubery Hill Asylum a mile or so away but evolved over the years to become a psychiatric hospital and, much later, a general hospital before final closure in 1994. The hospital was also to serve as the Birmingham War Hospital Hollymoor (as in the above postcard) during World War I (again used by the military between 1942 and 1948 for soldiers suffering from ‘psychoneurosis’).

Demolition came shortly after closure in 1996 however, some of the original structures were preserved and are in use today but a large area of the site was turned over the the omnipresent housing association developers.

As an aside for those interested, during its construction the hospital had its own railway line spurred from the Halesowen Railway’s line at Rubery to deliver the contractor’s materials: no trace of this remains today.

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3 comments for “Hollymoor Hospital – Northfield”

  1. In 1940 Hollymoor hospital was a Military hospital for soldiers who were wounded they all wore a Blue band over their arm to be recognised

    Posted by G.Pittam | March 4, 2011, 11:50 pm
  2. I remember this striking tower very well, as I happened to come across it some time in 1996 when demolition was in progress. I am glad that the tower has been preserved and some of the old buildings as well. Pity that all the old Victorian fittings and windows of the original hospital building were obviously destroyed by vandals. Do you know if the tower has any use nowadays? It would make a splendid tourist attraction if one was allowed to climb it. I was inside the tower and remember the old wooden stair case was wrecked.

    Posted by Kerstin Martens | March 6, 2011, 6:58 pm
  3. i once came across a picture of hollymoor water tower being built, and can longer find it anywhere. Anyone no where i can obtain a picture of this?

    Posted by clint lloyd | March 29, 2011, 10:02 pm

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