History Trail Point 12

Hill End Administration Block

Hill End Hospital main administration block (Courtesy of Museum of St Albans date unknown)

Opposite the Chapel near the footprint of the hospital’s main administration block Lynch Court was built, including a clock tower, replicating that of the original building.

Drake Ward was the admissions ward and people went there until medication was decided upon and where they could go.  They were awful places.  The switchboard was in a big reception room.  I was interviewed in the Committee Room which was a lovely room upstairs in the entrance block.  There was a magnificent table in sections with polished inlay”. (Occupational Therapist.)

“I worked in the original admin block. It was through a big entrance hall then a long corridor – you turned left to another long corridor and we had a room as an office. The corridor had ‘teeth’ off towards Hixberry Lane”.  (Employee of Herts Careers Service – as HE was closing down”

Inside corridor from door to entrance building (Courtesy Ted Bubbear 1995)

“There was a long corridor as you went in the main entrance, past the porter’s room with a telephone, then straight down with the main hall on the left and then you came to the main corridor at the top”. (HE Estates Manager)

Looking towards Hill End Lane with administration block on left and Chapel on right (Courtesy of Museum of St Albans date unknown)