Ardwick Heritage Trail

Saint Mary’s Hospital


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In 1790, a “lying-in” Charity was set up by Dr Charles White, in a house in Old Bridge Street, Salford, before moving in 1796 to the Bath Inn, Salford and thenceforth known as the “Manchester Lying-in Hospital and Charity for the delivery of poor women at their own habitations.” By 1815 the building had become too large for its purpose, as by that time poor women were only seen at home. The hospital was renamed in 1856 to “St Mary’s Hospital and Dispensary for diseases peculiar to women and children under six years of age” and moved to Quay Street in 1856, then Oxford Road in 1890 (on the corner of Whitworth Street West), before moving to its present site in the early 20th Century.

The current building was designed by John Ely in 1909. Constructed of red brick and terracotta it is typical of Edwardian style. The hospital was home to the first fully funded NHS IVF unit in the UK in 1982.

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