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Winterton House, Sedgefield
« on: Wednesday 02 February 05 19:31 GMT (UK) »
Does anyone know anything about Winterton House in Sedgefield?

I have a death certificate of a (possible) relative who died there in 1928. I am assuming it was some kind of hospital or workhouse but I am puzzled as to why my relative would be there when he had a wife and 5 sons living in Darlington.

Any ideas appreciated.

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Re: Winterton House, Sedgefield
« Reply #1 on: Wednesday 02 February 05 19:37 GMT (UK) »
Winterton was the largest Mental Hospital in Northern England until it closed a few years ago.

They had their own mortuary and cemetery.

I think Winterton House was the main office building.

I also believe that the records are available, either at Durham County Record Office or online (but no idea of any link etc.)
FITZSIMONS Ireland & Sunderland,
IRVING Carlisle & Sunderland,
CULLEN Ireland, Coundon, Boldon
REILLY Ireland & Coundon,
NAYLOR Sunderland,
CRITCHLEY Coundon,
CUSHLOW (CASHLAN & variants) Leadgate & Coundon,
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Re: Winterton House, Sedgefield
« Reply #2 on: Wednesday 02 February 05 20:20 GMT (UK) »
Thank you.

I have really struggled to find out anything about this particular relative. The fact that he was in a mental hospital probably explains why the entire family seem to have memory loss where he is concerned.

I will see what the Durham records office can come up with.

Wotty.
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Pyle -  Co Durham and Northumberland
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Re: Winterton House, Sedgefield
« Reply #3 on: Wednesday 02 February 05 21:00 GMT (UK) »
Wotty,

Try here

http://www.durham.gov.uk/recordoffice/register.nsf/0/4D6085C9415EE792802569050052C328?opendocument

and here

http://www.thisisthenortheast.co.uk/the_north_east/history/echomemories/darlington/061004.html

I know folk who used to work there ( Iwas a pollis in Sedgefield), if you get stuck email me and I'll try to get some info. for you.
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Gerry
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IRVING Carlisle & Sunderland,
CULLEN Ireland, Coundon, Boldon
REILLY Ireland & Coundon,
NAYLOR Sunderland,
CRITCHLEY Coundon,
CUSHLOW (CASHLAN & variants) Leadgate & Coundon,
DONKIN Sunderland,
BELL Carlisle & North East,
RICHARDSON Carlisle
TWENTYMAN Carlisle


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Re: Winterton House, Sedgefield
« Reply #4 on: Saturday 26 March 05 18:18 GMT (UK) »
Hi Wotty
Durham RO do have records for Winterton Hospital,
but you are not allowed to view them :-[ if you write to the archivist with details of who you are interested in, she will send the information, if you are lucky ( I was ) there may even be a photo of the person Regards
John
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OXFORD. Hodgkins, Young, Averice.
BERWICKSHIRE. Allan. Swan, Service, Hindmarsh, Sheil,
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Re: Winterton House, Sedgefield
« Reply #5 on: Thursday 14 April 05 21:33 BST (UK) »
My grandfathers uncle died there in 1927 but he was a Charge Nurse at the time, is it possible your rellie was a member of staff?

If so the records are open, patients records are shut but staff records are open.

George

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Re: Winterton House, Sedgefield
« Reply #6 on: Thursday 14 April 05 21:59 BST (UK) »
Thanks George
No my Grandmother was an inpatient.
I am pleased that the records are open and you have found what you needed, pity the patients are still unavailable.
Regards
John
NORTHUMBERLAND. Jude, Bootiman, Lowes, Tiplady,  Mason, Allan, Elder,
DURHAM. Jude, Jenkins, Todd, Burrell, Fenwick, Leighton, Hindmarsh, Nicholson, Cole, Emmerson
WORC. Hill, Hughes, Hodgkins.
OXFORD. Hodgkins, Young, Averice.
BERWICKSHIRE. Allan. Swan, Service, Hindmarsh, Sheil,
CUMBERLAND. Gillings

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Re: Winterton House, Sedgefield
« Reply #7 on: Tuesday 19 April 05 12:17 BST (UK) »
Hi Wotty

I worked at Winterton in the late 1970's, just as the Care in the Community policy was starting to be formulated, and the transfer of patients was beginning.

The site is now a business park and executive housing, but I believe the main clocktower building is still there.

The hospital would certainly have taken patients from Darlington at that time (ie 1920's).

Definitely worth contacting Durham Records Office I would think.

Do you know how old they were?  At that time, it was not unknown to spend many years in the asylum, so depending on their age they may well have been there in 1901, and be shown on the census.

cheers

Paul


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Re: Winterton House, Sedgefield
« Reply #8 on: Tuesday 19 April 05 18:45 BST (UK) »
Thanks for your input. I am certainly going to contact the records office and have some research done.

The person was my great-grandfather and he was at home with his family in 1901. No-one in my family ever spoke of him, which is what makes me think that he was a patient there -  he was a builder by occupation. 

Thanks again

Wotty
Meehan - Co Durham, Ireland, USA and Canada
Hopps -  Co Durham and N. Yks
Ward, Mortimer, Littleboy - Norfolk
Angus -  Co Durham
Pyle -  Co Durham and Northumberland
Rowntree -  N Yks and Co Durham
Ridley - Co Durham
Kelly -  Co Durham and Ireland