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    I spent a lot of time in Hospital as a child in the early 60's and remember a very old building, very elaborate and ornate, but at a reunion with my relatives was shown a completely different picture of the Royal southern to what I remember. It was close to the docks as I recall and it had many floors with old lifts and intricate corridors.
    Am I just imagining the whole thing?
    Did it exist? can any one help at all? it may be that I got it confused with a different Hospital but I dont think so.


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    Quote Originally Posted by mikelmouse View Post
    I spent a lot of time in Hospital as a child in the early 60's and remember a very old building, very elaborate and ornate, but at a reunion with my relatives was shown a completely different picture of the Royal southern to what I remember. It was close to the docks as I recall and it had many floors with old lifts and intricate corridors.
    Am I just imagining the whole thing?
    Did it exist? can any one help at all? it may be that I got it confused with a different Hospital but I dont think so.
    The one I know by the docks is the old Bootle Borough Hospital
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    Sounds like the Southern !, my Dad was in there when I was little, I remember the long corridors with a coved ceiling and lots of clean starched aproned nurses who disapproved of me being there to visit him !.
    Visiting times were very regimented, Dad also said that the matron used to come around every morning and ask about " their bowels".
    It was also known as the Dockers hospital as it was the nearest to the south docks and Dad always was either taking someone there or going himself.
    The building always rememinded me of the old Higsons brewery !

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    Thanks squigs, I thought I was going loopy. I still have dreams about this Hospital and yes, it was very 'efficient' and managed by strict matrons.
    Huge place and very old. So does it still stand or has it been replaced?
    I am searching for pics of it on the net.

    I spent a great deal of time in Fazakerly Hospital too as I contracted Polio as a child and was recently informed that it is now a prison.

    Another huge place with annexes and a woods I think.

    Gregs dad, thank you for the pic but it doesnt ring any bells with me, unless the main entrance is at a different angle? It was definately called the Royal or Royal Southern.

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    My local hospital. Demolished in the 1980s when the Royal came on-line. I spent many times in outpatients waiting. I was never in the wards. It was in Caryl St on the corner of Hill St.

    A friend of mine lived on the first floor of Caryl Gardens opposite. As a kid he was in the children's ward opposite - right opposite his window and his Ma and Pa waved all the time. He was teeded off when he saw them sneaking off on hols as he was in for 3 weeks. The hold were booked.
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    Certainly would have been the Southern Hospital, huge place particularly to a small child. There is a picture from the LRO, dated 1906.
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