St Ann’s Hospital Memorial Bell at North Tees Hospital

This bell is on display near the west wing entrance close to the cafe of the North Tees Hospital. I’d walked past the bell many times without reading the plaque only to find that when I did read it it has quite a lot of history attached to it. That area of Portrack Lane is often featured on Picture Stockton, particularly St James School in Union Street East which must have stood very close to the hospital and St James Church. All now sadly gone but nice to see that this bell ‘rings out’ to a well loved and remembered part of the town.

Photograph and details courtesy of David Thompson.

2 thoughts on “St Ann’s Hospital Memorial Bell at North Tees Hospital

  1. With the introduction of the Poor Law Union Act of 1834 the Stockton Workhouse which had stood on the corner of Bishop Street and Knowles Street (formerly Workhouse Street) since 1730 was replaced by a much larger building occupying nine acres of land in Portrack between St.James’s School on Union Street East and Barrett Street, this Stockton Union Workhouse was opened in April 1851, in 1930 it was renamed the Stockton Public Assistance Institution, in 1948 renamed the Portrack Geriatric Hospital and in 1962 St.Anne’s Hospital, the building was demolished in the 1970’s. St.James’s Church stood on the corner of Portrack Lane and Hanlon Street opposite the workhouse.

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  2. Warner and Sons also operated the brass foundry in Norton which made the original bell for Big Ben in 1856. I wonder if the bell for Portrack Hospital was made at Warners works in London or locally at Norton?

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