Shenley Hospital

An elegant Art Deco interior

By Serena Williams

Elegant art deco interior
Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies

Shenley Hospital near Radlett (Middlesex County Mental Asylum) was opened by the King and Queen in 1934 and was the last hospital of its type to be built in the country.  This art deco interior probably dates from the opening. It closed in 1998.

This page was added on 13/05/2009.

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  • Hi

    My parents Josie and Joe Grice worked for many years as Charge nurse and sister at Shenley. I worked in the office with Jim Gibbons on H Division 1974 to 76. It was a lovely time.

    Does anyone remember those years?

    By Fran Grice (30/06/2019)
  • Does anyone remember the 1950s and an Australian nurse called Millie Mills? She was my Godmother and I have lost touch with her.

    By Sharon Coleman (17/01/2019)
  • My mother Jean Feldman was a patient there up to the 70.s or 80.s..i.d love to know where she is buried..are there records..if so where do i find them..she was jewish.

    By Victor feldman (07/01/2019)
  • Hi.I worked in shenley hospital as a domestic. I knew a Filipino nurse named lina hernandez and her two sisters.I remember another Filipino lady called Milly who lived in the Haven acomadation block in the hospital with her niece Gloria.both worked as domestics.every Friday there was disco in the social club in shenley .we’d dance to hits “dancing Queen” Abba.and “you should be dancing” Bee gees
    I worked on Villa 11A _with my mother who was a ward sister. Chris cantwell back in 1978 . I remember the winter of discontent and demonstrating in London in January 1979. John cantwell.Attleborough.Norfolk.

    By John cantwell (24/09/2018)
  • My Dad, Declan Jacob Used Be Nurse in Shenley Hospital around 1976.

    By Laura Jacob (23/09/2018)
  • Iam looking for a student from Ghana who started his training at Shenley in 197.1His name is Emmanuel OTOO-ANAKWADoes anyone know his wherebouts I was also a student but left the UK in1977 for AMERICA

    By Ernest Tagoe (13/07/2018)
  • I trained there from 1977 – 1980, very fond memories of the place.

    By Bev Walker (28/03/2018)
  • I trained as a Mental Health Registered nurse in 1978 . Are there any other nurses from that year? I remember a scottish nurse called MArgaret.

    By Aaneta Mavani (02/08/2017)
  • Does anyone remember a staff nurse called Dave Shaw from 1950s .He came from Belfast

    By Mary cochran nee mcallister (23/12/2016)
  • Hello, does anyone remember a pt Phyllis Holsgrove. She was there 1959 ? Thank you

    By Mary (17/03/2016)
  • Hi there! Anyone remember a patient at shenley called Yetta? She was there over 30 years! Please let me know thanks 

    By Adam (29/08/2014)
  • My father worked on Shenleybury farm through the 60’s into the early 70’s. Certain patients from the hospital lived in a big white house adjoining the farm, known as The Villas, and worked on the farm, I believe it was held to be therapeutic for them. I have tried to find pictures of the farm but no luck, if anybody has any or even remembers it it would be good to hear about it.

    By Rhiannon Hopkins (26/01/2013)
  • My great-aunt Kathleen Walker was sent there, due to her step mother’s dislike of her….Kathleen’s grandfather later took her out in or around the 1950’s. If anyone has any knowledge of Kathleen (known as Kath) I would love to know more about her. The family story goes, Kathleen was only there for a short 6 weeks…I truly hope her stay there was not too painful. memdreha@gmail.com Thanks in advance.

    By Mem Dreha (20/01/2013)
  • Hello, my name is Dhruti Shah and I’m a journalist working for the BBC. I am hoping to speak to patients/ people with stories to tell about their experiences at Shenley Hospital, especially anyone who spent some time at the mother and baby unit. Should anyone be interested in speaking to me, please don’t hesitate to contact me: dhruti.shah@bbc.co.uk

    By Dhruti Shah (01/11/2012)
  • Now that my dad has passed away, I wonder if anyone knows anything about his stay in Shenley. It would have been mid-late sixties. His name was Paul Doyle and he lived in Edgware. He was admitted to Shenley with severe depression.

    By Lesley Doyle (01/09/2012)
  • My Grandmother Helen Johnson (Nee Emberson) was a patient from about 1960 till her death 1977. We Mum Dad and my Sister used to visit her and the picture brings back the memories. Not good for a 7 year old in 1967. The smell of urine, locked doors, was not nice and poor old Granny did not know where she was. The grounds where nice where my Sister and I could play. Also the journey by train and bus from Braintree although we would visit London as well. Happy Days Paul

    By Paul Johnson (15/08/2012)
  • Anyone remember a lady called Yetta who was a patient from approx 1946-1978?

    By danny (23/11/2011)
  • Hi Maria, I worked as a nurse in Shenley Hospital in 1969 just for one year. After I went to Luanda (Angola) where i get married, but I still remembering and having some nice souvenirs of that time. I’ve read that as from 1988 the Hospital was demolished and gave place to 900 residences.Everything changes. All the best to you. Ophelia

    By Ophelia Lopes (07/09/2011)
  • My mum worked as a medical secretary here from the early seventies and I have found memories a child, of the summer creche for employees. Sadly I think some of the patients lived their most of their lives but they always had lots of handicrafts and activities for them, some of the wares being sold at the hospital fete.

    By Marie (11/08/2011)

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