Ear, Eye and Throat Hospital

I haven’t written much about Shrewsbury, Shropshire’s county town, but I have been in the process of a post or three for several months, during which time I have been preparing many photos for the blog. The town contains some very interesting architecture from medieval black and white timber-framed to very elegant and simply styled Georgian properties. (And some 1960s carbuncles, but we won’t talk about them). This distinctive red-brick Victorian built building is along the Town Walls. The Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital opened in 1881. It earned a reputation for its high standard of treatment and during WW1 was a major clearing centre for troops with eye injuries, treating up to 800 soldiers a week. It closed in 1998 and has been turned into flats.


Built in the style of the Arts and Crafts Movement with ornate decorative bricks and tiles/panels, the style placed great value on the work, the joy of craftsmanship and the natural beauty of materials.

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I have lived in the UK for most of my life, but when young I definitely had wanderlust and even ended up living in South Africa for several years which was a wonderful experience. I now look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

25 thoughts on “Ear, Eye and Throat Hospital”

  1. This is such a wonderful buiding, Jude, with its decorative terracotta panels. I knew it at once as I skimmed through the reader. A fine photo, and interesting to hear of the hospital’s valuable role during WW1.

  2. The window and its surrounds are beautiful, I can’t imagine such workmanship being applied to a hospital today. The Victorians left an amazing legacy – at great cost to many though. We used to have a very important eye ‘infirmary’, a fine building, now a rather expensive hotel, sigh!

    1. It is the only one of its type I have noticed in the town. The craftsmanship is superb and a testament to the workers that it has lasted so long.

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