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Sherborne Castle Hospital (Dorset)


chris@gare.co.uk
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Can anyone point me in the direction where I can find information about Sherborne Castle Hospital (Dorset) which was used as hospital for wounded soldiers during the war - Google doesn't seem to turn up any detail.

Thanks

Chris

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The Norman Castle was, I believe, near Sherborne School so it may be worth contacting them. There is a Norman Abbey too but I think that is now part of the school. I have never been there myself. Many temporatry hospitals were set up and it seems few records survive.

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Have you contacted Sherborne Castle itself

here?

If the staff there can't help they may know a local historian who can.

A Google provides little info save to confirm that it was a Red Cross Hospital in the Great war.

If no further details are forthcoming from this Forum, an enquiry to Dorset Local Studies Library may provide a lead to a history of the town.

Moonraker

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There are two Sherborne castles relatively close to each other- one is early Medieval and in ruins and the other a much later building which is still in use. It is the latter which was used as a hospital in WW1.

Regards, Roger.

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Thanks for the info guys. Google doesn't help much so it looks like a visit to the museum is required.

Cheers

Chris

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Hi Chris

I live near Sherborne and know that at least one military hospital was situated in the town not in the castle. There are two castles..the old (slighted by Cromwell) so now a draughty shell! and a more ostentatious pile known as the new castle. One of the daughters of the Wingfield Digbys (the family who still own said castles) was a nurse in the military hospital situated in the town. pm me if you want more details.

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