Record Details

NHER Number:34342
Type of record:Building
Name:Mundesley Hospital


This was the first large tuberculosis sanatorium constructed in Britain. It was built in 1898/99 as prefabricated timber framed structure with brick chimneys and an iron roof. In 1923 a brick extension was added. It became a hospital in 1957 but ceased operating in 1992.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TG 2968 3653
Map Sheet:TG23NE

Full description

Tuberculosis Sanatorium. 1898 to 1899 for Dr F. Burton-Fanning, the first such establishment in Britain modelled on German and Swiss Sanatoria. Prefabricated timber frame by Boulton and Paul which was later marketed as a standard design. Corrugated iron roof, brick chimneystacks. Long range with cross halls at centre and end. Extended 1923 in brick.
See detailed description in (S1) 1993.
(S2) adds that the original sitting rooms were subdivided to form wards because the original fees were too high. The first pneumothorax operation was carried out here. In the grounds are revolving sleeping shelters.
Press cutting (S3) in file.
E. Rose (NLA), 12 April 1999.

June 2009.
Clinic closed due to funding problems,
See (S4) for further details,
H. White, (NLA), 31 March 2010

NIAS records include extensive photographic records with elevations and plans of the original building and all modified/extra construction.
See (S5)
W. Arnold (HES), 16 Febuary 2011

Monument Types

  • Prefab (19th Century to Mid 20th Century - 1898 AD to 1957 AD)
  • SANATORIUM (19th Century to Mid 20th Century - 1898 AD to 1957 AD)
  • TUBERCULOSIS CHALET (19th Century to Mid 20th Century - 1898 AD to 1957 AD)
  • HOSPITAL (Mid 20th Century to Late 20th Century - 1957 AD to 1992 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Monograph: Pevsner, N. and Wilson, B. 1997. Norfolk 1: Norwich and North-East. The Buildings of England. 2nd Edition. p 618.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1993. Move to find new use for old hospital. 14 June.
---Unpublished Document: Yardley, C. J. 2011. The Mun Valley: Historic landscape Assessment and Landscape Character Assessment for Norfolk Coast Project. p 15.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 2014. Neglected hospital is set to become mental health centre. 20 September.
---Designation: English Heritage. 1990-2013. English Heritage Listing Notification. Notification. DNF6622.
<S1>Designation: English Heritage. National Heritage List for England. List Entry 1343674.
<S2>Publication: Richardson, H.. 1998. English Hospitals 1600-1948. p 150.
<S3>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1992. Sadness and scorn as the last patients are moved out. 30 September.
<S4>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 2010. Old hospital may provide respite care for terminally ill. 19 January.
<S5>Archive: NIAS. Norfolk Industrial Archaeology Society Records.

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