|St Lawrence's Hospital Social Club bar in Foster Hall during 1968. This temporary bar was installed in the hall for various staff events and occasions including the annual St Lawrence's Staff Social Club Draw.|
|The St Lawrence's Hospital Social Club Draw was held every Christmas in Foster Hall. Prizes to be won including turkeys, Christmas cakes, cigars, bottles of spirits, etc, are displayed here on hospital sheet covered tables in front of Foster Hall stage. Access to these photos courtesy of W. Jago. Further SLH images here|
St Lawrence's Social Club began its 57 year existence as the Rose and Shamrock in July 1956 and occupied four different buildings during its lifetime. The club closed its doors for the last time during September 2013. Larger images, further detail and staff photos snapped from the past six decades, many taken in the club, can be accessed here: http://slhphotos.atspace.com/index.html
We are two post-doctoral researchers, Sam Rayne and Jo Esra, investigating the history of St. Lawrence’s Hospital and Elizabeth Barclay House in Bodmin, Cornwall, having both completed our studies at the University of Exeter.
We want to find out as much as possible about the two sites in question, especially given that the Foster Building of St. Lawrence’s is, at the time of writing, under threat of demolition. However, we also want to put that exploration within the wider context of Cornish cultural history, as we feel that issues of marginalisation are relevant to both. We also hope to investigate the more general history of mental health in the Duchy which we feel is an under-explored aspect of Cornwall’s past.
This blog will share some of the history of St. Lawrence’s and Elizabeth Barclay House, so please feel free to comment, give feedback or ask questions.The blog can be accessed here: http://stlawrencesbodmin.wordpress.com
Foster block corridor with numerous entrances on the left leading into Foster Hall. At the end of this corridor, the entrances to Kensey, Tamar, Fal and Valency Wards. The pharmacy was located further down on the right next to the cigarette machine. Images on these pages can be viewed larger on the website relocated here: http://slhphotos.atspace.com/index.html
Another view of Foster corridor containing entrances to the staff dining room and hospital kitchens. In the foreground and to the left, fire panels, where nurses on fire duty gathered after the fire alarm sounded.