File: Biddulph Grange Orthopaedic Hospital

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 133 PLA/12/1/2
  • Former Reference
      GB 133 D.2
  • Dates of Creation
      1950-1986
  • Physical Description
      11 pieces, 41 sheets.

Scope and Content

Biddulph Grange Orthopaedic Hospital, in Biddulph, Stoke-on-Trent, was founded by Lancashire County Council in 1928 as a hospital for the crippled children of East Lancashire (who had previously had to go to Ethel Hedley Hospital in Windermere), and in 1939 the modern children's orthopaedic hospital was opened. During the Second World War, Biddulph Grange was used for wounded soldiers, and in 1947 admitted many patients hit by the polio epidemic. Platt was consulting orthopaedic surgeon to Lancashire County Council from 1920 until 1948. He was in charge of the orthopaedic scheme for East Lancashire and visited Biddulph every Wednesday from 1928 until 1951. Platt was also involved in the yearly visit of fourth year medical students. In 1951 Platt was awarded an honorary contract by Birmingham Regional Hospital Board to continue work at Biddulph Grange and at the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Hospital. This file contains material relating to the history of Biddulph Grange from 1928 to 1952, including notes on the staff and orthopaedic statistics, and papers relating to the appeal to save Biddulph Grange Gardens in the 1980s.

  • /1 Typescript list of house surgeons at Biddulph Grange from 1928 to 1952, with manuscript annotations, n.d. [195-?]
  • /2 Cutting, 'Biddulph Grange Orthopaedic Hospital', visit of the Physiotherapy Congress, Physiotherapy, December 1950.
  • /3-6 Typescript of Biddulph Grange orthopaedic statistics for 1928-1949, consisting of sections titled 'Analysis of diagnosis' and 'Summary of operations performed', n.d. [195-?]
  • /7 Manuscript notes titled 'Biddulph: 1928-1949'.
  • /8-15 Two typescript drafts on the history of special orthopaedic hospitals and Biddulph Grange in particular, with manuscript corrections and annotations, n.d. [195-?].
  • /16-19 Programme for unveiling of plaque in memory of Mrs Myra Titley (née Rochelle), Matron of Biddulph Grange from 1928-1951, by Platt, 22 February 1967, with Platt's manuscript speech notes.
  • /20-23 Correspondence and programme regarding visit of HRH Princess Margaret to Biddulph Grange Hospital on 4 July 1973, June 1973.
  • /24-32 Letters from Anne Ferris about arrangements for Platt to contribute to a book on the history of the hospital, November 1983-Sep 1984.
  • /33-36 Photocopy cuttings about the opening of Biddulph Grange in 1928-1929, sent to Platt by Anne Ferris, 1984.
  • /37-39 Cutting, Arthur Hellyer, 'Romantic Past, Bleak Future: Gardens of Biddulph Grange, Staffordshire', Country Life, 19 December 1985.
  • /40-41 Leaflet for the National Trust Biddulph Grange Garden Appeal, and letter from Margaret Hemmings, appeal organiser, thanking Platt for his donation, 27 August 1986.

There is also material relating to Biddulph Grange throughout the Platt papers, including clinical records at PLA/1, papers relating to Platt's honorary consultancy at PLA/13/2/11 and a number of photographs in PLA/11.