Calderstones Hospital

Calderstones Hospital is a mental health facility near to Whalley, Lancashire, England. It is managed by Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust.

Calderstones Hospital
Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
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Plaque in the hospital grounds
Calderstones Hospital is located in Lancashire
Calderstones Hospital
Shown in Lancashire
LocationWhalley, Lancashire, England
Coordinates53°49′39″N 2°25′17″W / 53.8276°N 2.4215°W / 53.8276; -2.4215Coordinates: 53°49′39″N 2°25′17″W / 53.8276°N 2.4215°W / 53.8276; -2.4215
Care systemNHS
Emergency departmentN/A
SpecialityPsychiatric Hospital
ListsHospitals in England


The hospital is located on a site known as Clay Fields which previously formed part of the Whalley Abbey estate.[1] It was designed by Henry Littler in the Neo-Georgian style using a dual pavilion layout and, although commissioned, in 1904, as the Sixth Lancashire County Asylum, it actually opened as Queen Mary's Military Hospital in April 1915 during the First World War.[1] Some 56,800 allied servicemen were treated at the hospital between 14 April 1915 and 31 June 1920.[2]

After the war the hospital re-opened as a mental health facility, known as Calderstones Hospital, in June 1921.[1] After the introduction of Care in the Community in the early 1980s, the hospital went into a period of decline and, although its closure has been announced, union leaders have advised that the decision is unlikely to be implemented before 2020.[3] As of June 2019 it was the only NHS hospital in the United Kingdom to specialise in learning disabilities.[4]

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  1. ^ a b c "Calderstones Hospital". County Asylums. Retrieved 11 April 2019.
  2. ^ Gill, Andrew. "The History of the Calderstones Hospital Railway 1907 to 1953". Burnley in the Great War. Retrieved 16 March 2014.
  3. ^ "Union bosses: Calderstones Hospital closure date 'unachievable'". Lancashire Telegraph. 19 April 2018. Retrieved 11 April 2019.
  4. ^ Grieve, Jonathan (12 June 2019). "No date for closure of Calderstones Hospital". LancsLive.