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

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

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 Some of your Recent Anecdotes









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320 thoughts on “Home”

  1. Jenny said:

    Siobhan Knew Dr Mateu. Brilliant forensic psychiatrist, great fun too.

  2. Roy Shirley said:

    The dogs sound wonderful Jenny, we have 2 Shih Tzu’s and they are wonderful, Pam says they are now our children, ours are now (mostly) spread across the world-New Zealand ,China and Germany, though one does only live about 5 miles away.

  3. Just put a New Link to a Very Interesting Article by Rebecca Wynter. See top of this page and/or Other Links page. It’s well worth reading.

  4. A number of similar points have cropped up recently, about use of the Comments facilities on the Site, which are outlined below.

    “I do not want to be a kill-joy, but I don’t visit the Site to read ongoing private chats unrelated to the site. Surely this is not what the site is for. Is there any way to “channel” some of these items so that they are not constantly viewable ?”

    “Why have we been having what amounts to running dialogues between people, just lately on the Home page Comments. If people want to be in touch and talk to each other then why not use Email, Facebook etc. for the purpose.”

    “I’m not against people saying Hi to each other, but it has now reached the level of a cosy private e-mail “chat between friends”. Surely that’s not what the Comments facility is for ?”

    “I thought the Comments section was for remarks etc. related to the site’s function, not just personal ones and follow ups that have little relevance to other people.
    Having signed up for regular updates, I get an e-mail saying “a turn of the key – new comment”, so I naturally go to the site to check it out. Recently it has been for personal conversations which I’m not interested in. I could use the Unsubscribe facility but would then miss out on a lot of pertinent and interesting comments, which is why I like the Site. Can you do anything about it ?”

    There are administrative tools for me to use, but for the time being I am reluctant to do so, as this may just be a flash in the pan. For now, I have made the “NOTES ABOUT COMMENTS” paragraph, on Home and Anecdotes, Less Ambiguous and More Prominent. It’s sometimes difficult to satisfy everyone, but I hope that people will now be more aware and that common sense will prevail.

    Wherever possible, I am always willing to consider and respond to suggestions, constructive criticisms, etc. Just Contact Me.

  5. Roy Shirley said:

    I am suitably admonished Brian

  6. Hi Roy – please don’t take it too personally, it’s all too easy to get carried away with chats – this is something that has happened before and I would rather not resort to using sanctions. I just wanted to remind people to be aware and exercise restraint. If the chat is obviously Relevant to the Site and other viewers – fair enough – maybe they will join in too.
    I hope you will continue to engage with the site – you have been a valued contributor.

  7. The UK Web Archive

    I’m using the latest Firefox as my current Browser but cannot now fully connect to the UKWA (only an Error Reporting page) – via the Home page Link – even via the Links in Google, or via The British Library Links. Though I can connect via an old revision of Int. Explorer.

    Has anyone else been having similar problems – using Firefox – or with any other Browser ?

    If so please let me know, asap, including what Browser you are using etc.

    Many Thanks – Brian

    17/08/15 Sorted

    Corrupted Cookies – a problem on my computer ! I really must get round to upgrading instead of being a penny pinching, Dinosaur !

  8. New Anecdote posted tonight.

  9. Please See – Today’s Update to Previous Posting at top of this page.

  10. 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

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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 ? ? ?

  14. Another Photo Uploaded from our friends at Staffs Newsletter

  15. Dave Sansome said:

    I came across this memories site and as a child of 12 I visited my mother here her name was Lilly Sansome

  16. Brian said:

    Hello Dave,

    Thanks for your note above. You didn’t say how long ago this was. Although you were only a young boy at the time, It would be interesting to know a little bit more, and what your impressions were etc.

  17. Ernie Ball (Dave Sansome) said:

    Hello Well I must have been about 11..thats 1957. Due to miss diagnosed pnd ref my mother and some ill advised diagnoses my mother was taken away for nearly 5 yrs. On occasion she was let home on weekends. I had a torrid time whilst looking after my brother and sister. My impressions were to say the least confused. But the family rallied round. Dave

  18. Brian said:

    Hello Dave,

    I’m sorry to hear that your mum was misdiagnosed all those years ago. Hopefully we are more enlightened now about women’s pre and post natal problems. I hope her stay was not too traumatic, for herself and the rest of the family, and that all eventually resolved itself.

  19. Ernie Ball (Dave Sansome) said:

    I tried in the 1970,s to get a claim but the records were so disjointed and I believe I was side lined

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