Book Description

Cedar Lawn, a house in North End Road, Hampstead was donated by Lord Leverhulme in 1914 for use as an Auxiliary Hospital. The hospital was for NCO's and enlisted men and was staffed by nurses from the London/60 Voluntary Aid Detachment. The Commandant was Mrs Katherine May and she is pictured here (though not by name with her children). Date to front states that this is Cedar Lawn Hospital from 1914 -1919. Some 85 or so images, many of the nurses identified by name. The album was put together by one of the nurses as she mentions in one caption 'Myself' with two other named nurses. The images show the nurses and patients in settings such as the tennis courts and dressed for amateur theatricals. The house, Cedar Lawn was demolished in 1922 by Lord Leverhulme so that he could extend the pergola of the neighbouring Hill House, which he also owned. The grounds of Cedar Lawn are now part of the celebrated Hill Gardens landscaped by Thomas Mawson for Leverhulme. There are several images of the old Cedar Lawns house, both exterior and interior (used for offices and wards). These images may be the only ones remaining of the old house originall built around the turn of the eighteenth / nineteenth century. Both boards detached, one present. One leaf detached. The images in good condition. An evocative album of nursing history in WW1. Towards the end a few of Queen Alexandria on her visit to the hospital in August 1915.
Author Nurse
Date 1919
Binding hard binding
Publisher n/a
Illustrator n/a
Condition good
Pages multiple

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