This is a collection of images from a variety of sources that represent
specific periods in the life of the hospital. These are generally
taken from either personal collections or photographic archives, and
many appear here in public for the first time. At present, this section
consists of 25 photographs, which appear below in vague chronological
order (with the oldest near the top). Any relevant sources / copyright
holders are credited next to the image in question. Please respect
their rights and direct any queries to us. Click on thumbnails to
A rare postcard depicting
a WWI visit by King George V and Queen Mary to the "Duchess
of Connaught Hospital"- as it was then called. Courtesy of
Nursing Archives. Go have a look!
The original Connaught
hospital. The T-shaped building in the foreground is in fact the
actual "Stage Room"- which was clearly retained when
the "new" hospital was constructed. Ooh!
Group photograph in a
CRCMH ward. Looks very much like a wartime Christmas snapshot.
And jolly it is too...
A magic early aerial
shot of the finished hospital looking east (note the absence of
smoke stacks). Neat isn't it? You can see Taplow Lodge too (top
- right of centre). (originalsource unknown)
Early 1940s Royal visit
with Queen Elizabeth (the Queen Mother), Princesses Elizabeth
& Margaret, and Lady Astor (standing centre) - seated in the
inner CRCMH courtyard.
Doctor and Cadet Nurses
in the Children's Unit: 1948. Photo courtesy of Eileen Knibbs
- Cadet/Student Nurse 1948/52
Christmas 1948 in the
Children's Unit. Photo courtesy of Eileen Knibbs - Cadet/Student
Summer 1948 at the CRCMH
- note open windows! Photo courtesy of Eileen Knibbs -
Cadet/Student Nurse 1948/52.
An enlargement from
the above photo by Eileen Knibbs is this close-up of the
crest above the main entrance which was removed around 1990. This
is perhaps the best image of it in existence.
Bray Court - later to
become Bray (Film) Studios - was a training and accomodation centre
for CRCMH Student Nurses. Photo courtesy of Jill Tweedy
- Student Nurse 1950/52
Sister Tutor with CRCMH
Students at Bray Court - 1949. Photo courtesy of Jill Tweedy
- Student Nurse 1950/52
Pyramid of CRCMH Students
at Bray Court - 1949. Photo courtesy of Jill Tweedy - Student
CRCMH nurses at Bray
Court. The Golden Spaniel dogs belonged to the Sister Tutor. Photo
courtesy of Jill Tweedy - Student Nurse 1950/52
Sister, Staff Nurse and
Students on the open veranda of the Women's Surgical Wing at the
CRCMH - 1950. Photo courtesy of Jill Tweedy - Student Nurse
- B&W photo - from the Bucks
County Council archive. The hospital in the late morning sun.
- B&W photo - from the Bucks
County Council archive. Similar angle to above, but in more
from John Ewen. A nice atmospheric shot across the lawn
from the car park under the trees. How "neat" is the
from John Ewen. The main facade - note cars which bring
memories of the decade flooding back.
from John Ewen. This is one of the southern end outbuildings
- possibly the library or school.
A nice postcard photo
- most likely from the 1970s. Courtesy of Isabel Dorta Andujar,
who not only was born there, but her parents lived and worked
"Built for heroes
- Now a wilderness" - May 2000. By Raymond Luckett
- from MMPP (see below)
- May 2000. By Margaret Sellars - from MMPP (see below)
"Derelict Bus Shelter"-
May 2000 - from MMPP (see below). This stands on the B476 Cliveden
Road just to the left of the original CRCMH entrance. Directly
behind it you can see the ivy covered perimeter wall. By Margaret
- The beginning of the end. From developers King
Three of the
photographs above appear here courtesy of perhaps the single most
important resource made available for those interested in Maidenhead
and environs in recent times. I speak, of course, of the Maidenhead
Millennium Photography Project. Over one long weekend in the first
year of the new millennium (or the last year of the old one, depending
upon your opinion), the people of Maidenhead took over 1200 photographs.
These depict life in and around Maidenhead, featuring both people
and places - as they were on the 6th, 7th and 8th May 2000.
A number of these
were selected to appear in a commemorative book ("Three Days
in May" - find it on Amazon).
Thankfully, however, the photographs (including those that didn't
make the cut for the book) eventually surfaced on "The Archive"
- a CD ROM for your PC containing the complete MMPP series.
I cannot begin
to recommend this disc to you enough. It is a simply fantastic slice
of history, and everybody with a love or knowledge of Maidenhead will
find it indispensible. To my delight, I found pictures of my old schools;
the newsagent I used to work for; the barbershop that destroyed my
hair for the best part of a decade; my favourite relaxation spots...even
the tree I used to sit up in and watch cricket from. The list goes
on. So, consider the three images here a taster of what you'll find
on the disc, and set out now to grab yourself a copy before they all
sell out. Seriously - You won't regret it!
CD-ROM costs around £10 (inc. P&P) and is available
from Rod Bird at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Send an email expressing your interest and he'll sort you out
- Get to it & enjoy!