Welcome to aturnofthekey

 Memories of Old St.Georges Hospital 1818-1995  and Coton Hill Hospital 1854-1976, Stafford
A shared record of the Life and Times of these once-proud Old Hospitals. 25/02/2012

Copyright © to All Material on the Site is acknowledged as being Retained by the Donor/s – Permission for Use – Is Required



(See also  ABOUT  and  ARCHIVED Pages)

Aturnofthekey soon to be future preserved, as part of The UK Web Archive, See Archived page, and UKWA



Latest News about Development to the Old St Georges Main Building



It would appear that some people wish to have Regular Updates of any Changes/Additions/Comments to the Site but – either
Do Not Wish – or are – Too Shy, to Post a first Comment – and – “Ticking the small Boxes”, within the Comment Facility below.
As this Site is set up as a – traditional  “Website” – not a “Blog” – I can find no Workarounds to address this problem.
I will continue to put up a Comment, whenever there are Any-Changes, to cover all options.

Tick the Boxes and just say “Hello” or something like “Hi, Just Signing up for Regular Updates for now”



A Very Interesting Article about our old Hospital

“A Brief History Of Staffordshire Lunatic Asylum”
© Rebecca Wynter 2010/11- University of Birmingham




Some of your Recent Pictures, Bordered Temporarily in red, on the Relevant Pages


Hover over Photos for Donor ID, Info., etc.  –   Left Click to Enlarge


 Uploaded            See  ”                ” page


 Some of your Recent Anecdotes – See More of these Here



(25/07/15)   An Uncomfortable Start – by Bill Sim . . .

(03/08/2015)   A Strange Dance – by Roy Shirley . . .

(17/08/15)   Whistling, Fire-Hoses and Perceived Reputations – by Brian Simms . . .

Now – You can also – “Post your Comments” – on the “Anecdotes” page


Notes About Comments

Describing a Hospital’s life and care of it’s People throughout it’s long history, on an Open, Public-Access Site, can raise some Sensitive issues.
We also have very Individual perceptions of these Old Places and People. Some of them may be Positive, some of them may Not always be so.
The Site will always attempt to reflect – these Differing Viewpoints –  in as Acceptable a way as possible.

In recognition of the above, please, try to be – Respectful of it’s People –  if I have missed anything untoward Contact me

Comments for On Site Publication – Related to the Site and it’s Contents – are for Recollections of Personal Experiences and or Perceptions.
These add extra Personal Authenticity, hopefully bringing more Variety and Colour to the Site. They are very Welcome and much Appreciated.

It’s also Good-to-Say-Hello, but for Longer-Chats and Personal-Conversations, Please – See the Contact Facilities


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205 thoughts on “Home”

  1. Doug Endean said:

    Hi Brian and Roy
    Been visiting the site from time just to keep in touch. Sorry Brian but there are only two thing I know about Firefox, 1 it’s a film that Clint Eastwood ( I think he’s related to our friend Ian Ward ) was in and 2 it was a fancy helicopter in a TV show when I were a younger person.
    Several months ago I was in Stafford and ventured into the grounds of St George’s, I have to say what a shock. I remember the time when you could wander the grounds and see tree’s and the sky. It was like a walk in the park summer or winter and the wildlife, even a squirrel with a red colour on in the tree’s near the nurse’s home, well that’s what Terry Harvey’s wife told me and Bill Simm one morning when she wandered in to the male admissions. Now it’s a mess with “tenement” style buildings and winding narrow roads that would be a nightmare to someone with early dementia. Maybe I am lost in the past but what ever was in the mind of the planners, money I suppose.
    Well Roy I remember the times we had with Mr Simpson (where is he now I wonder?) when we worked in Wolley Ward and Tumper was our boss. He used to tell us stories about his adventures in Ireland or when he was building around Stafford. I used to hold in the laughter until a kick from under the table made it all burst out. Good times as people say. I also remember the ITV 7 we did every week, I got a double placement in the ward which made me a rich man by the end and we collected our winnings that had accumulated over the months, I think I went home with at least 3 quid.
    Now let’s hope I remember the pass word so that this gets posted.
    Cheers to everyone

  2. Brian said:

    Yes Doug
    I have much the same feelings about what sits in the grounds now, even though we need to use old sites like this to build on rather than true greenfield spaces, sign of the times.
    I’m just hoping that they will retain the commanding facade of the old Main Building. It was always such an imposing landmark and triggers lots of memories for many people. My memories stretch back from before I worked there. As a local, I also wandered and played in these grounds throughout my childhood.
    We’ll see.

  3. David Johnson said:

    Although I left St Georges very soon after qualifying I love reading the website, particular the comments from people I worked with. I think we are very lucky to have Brian to run it and we should all make sure not only do we read it but add our comments. Having not lived in Stafford for more years than I care to mention, it is lovely to be able to get on site and think about the past.
    Thank you Brian for all your hard work in producing “aturnofthekey”. I know it is not easy because you do it after her indoors has given you your daily domestic duties, especially the washing up. Not an easy job.

  4. SEE latest LINK above to Development of the OLD MAIN BUILDING
    It looks as though they are keeping the Facade as-was – instantly recognisable – hopefully

      WHAT DO YOU THINK ? ? ?

  5. David Johnson said:

    I have received my first email from your site. Over and out David

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