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Friern Barnet Photo Archive

Friern Hospital
The Friern Barnet Photo Archive
Friern Hospital

This book, written by our Chairman, David Berguer, traces the history of the former Middlesex County Pauper Lunatic Asylum (latterly renamed Friern Hospital) from its beginnings in 1849 to the its closure in 1993 and subsequent conversion to luxury apartments in the renamed Princess Park Manor. The book is A4, runs to 180 pages and contains 142 photographs and illustrations. It is available from Chaville Press, 148 Friern Park, London N12 9LU at £14.99 plus £3 UK postage and packing. It is also available from amazon.co.uk and through booksellers ISBN 9 780956 934444
Picture added on 24 October 2012 at 14:43
My grandmother worked in the 'needle' room of the hospital for many years. I grew up in Glenthorne Road and remember walking the corridor many times with her (clocking in and out at the gatehouse). Many of the inmates there were very well known locally and part of the community. I remember several very well, "Cheesecake" Charlie (he was originally a patient but worked there because he did not want to leave as he had nowhere to go), "Dog-end" Harry, Rosie (who was sent there as a child because she was epileptic)
Added by Jen King on 04 November 2012
I lived in Bellevue Road and was a Hospital Radio volunteer at Friern from 1977-1992. Former members of Radio Friern have just started a Facebook page that contains clips from our broadcasts and other memories. You can find it by searching for "Radio Friern".
If anyone who views the site used to work at the Hospital we'd love to hear from you, particularly if you were involved with Radio Friern.
Added by Pete Hill on 18 November 2012
Brings back some very vivid memories. I worked at Friern as a schoolgirl and later as a student during my holidays. This was between 1957-1960. I still dine out on the stories of what I saw and experienced over those years.
Added by Carol Cass on 04 February 2014
My mum was here as a patient 70s. I remember they had a big open day, and Patrick Mower was there. I was only about 7, I remember this well because Patrick Mower has signed his name on my Tweetie Pie balloon.
Added by Carol on 03 January 2017
My uncle Reg Curd worked there after the second world war as a male nurse. My mother and father used to take staff from the hospital as lodgers. Two who spring to mind named Tom an Jock. As a youngster I used to have a Saturday job with the milkman and the hospital was on that round.
Added by Reg on 16 March 2017
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