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St Edwards Hospital History – From Mr Selwyn Burton, Villa Road, Cheddleton

Selwyn Burton from Villa Road is sharing newspaper article about psychiatric nurse recruitment at St Edwards Hospital. His dad, Stan, and 2 Uncles all worked there. This article is from 1968.

Nursing is a rewarding career

Electric Treatment at St Edwards Asylum Hospital, Cheddleton, 1968
Advertisement for Nurses, St Edwards Park Hospital, Cheddleton, 1968. Picture showing latest psychiatric electrical treatment. Stan Burton, Selwyn’s dad, is on the far right of the picture.

‘Better Selection of student nurses…’

Quite a lot of this page from 1968 is given to recruiting nurses to work in St. Edward’s Hospital. They acknowledge that there is a ‘better selection of student nurses than ever before’. To qualify you would have needed:

  • 2 ‘O’ levels or 3 CSE grade 1 passes;
  • or, success in the General Nursing council’s Educational Test.

Five ‘O’ levels and a ‘couple of A Levels’ will get you an’unlimited career in psychiatric nursing’! It is not all down to qualifications you have to have a good personality too.

…it is important to have understanding, emotional stability, moral integrity and a general desire to contribute to the well-being of the patient.

Mr JJ Leonard, principle tutor at St Edwards

“Female dominance at the top of the profession…has now vanished…”

“The top jobs are now open to both male and female. The female dominance at the top of the nursing hierarchy has now vanished and there is even more scope for the conscientious young man.” ” Psychiatric nursing has a great deal to offer to men in that they are guarantee, once fully trained, a secure job for life without the threat of unemployment or redundancy. Over 30,000 men are in professional nursing, most of them being in the psychiatric hospitals. “

1968 newspaper recruitment for St Edwards Park Hospital, Cheddleton

Psychiatric Hospital, St. Edwards’s Hospital, Cheddleton

Offers an ‘absorbing profession with excellent career prospects’.

1974 newspaper- three generations with the Burton brothers, Cheddleton
1974 newspaper- threeBurton brothers, Cheddleton. Stan became a charge nurse in April 1967, followed by John in November 1970 and now Graham in May 1974.

Directors Update – 26.07.2022

Date of meeting 29.06.2022

We considered a quote for jet washing the Park. It was only for the paving stones on paths, not drive ways or tarmacked areas. We all agreed £8,000 was too much money and asked for more quotes.

The gutters have now been cleared and members would have seen the ‘cherry picker’ machine on site. Assessment was made of gutter repairs, missing slates, growing plants and re-pointing. Quotes for these have now been received and will be considered this week. It is difficult to do both jobs at once because the contractor doesn’t know what they are going to find and/or which equipment and tools they need with them in the confined space of the basket on the picker. We will see if anything can be done differently on the next rotation in 2 years time.

Quotes have been received for replacing broken paving slabs to commence after all the repairs to the gutters and rooves has been completed.

There is damp in one of the stair wells in St. Edwards Hall. Gaining access to apartments to examine and repair has proved difficult but is still being pursued.

The starting of the external painting is taking longer than we would all like. It should have started at the beginning of the year but with the change of management board, the contractor took on other work to fill the gap in his diary. We should have more about this this week as our next meeting is 29.7.2022.

Garden Contractor – we met with them earlier this month and they advised a gardener was joining the team to tackle all the smaller items on the estate e.g. weeding, pruning etc. This is starting to make a real difference. The query over Wall Lane Terrace has still not been resolved.

Website additions continue to be made: www.stedwardspark.org . Further suggestions for additional pages were: historical information about the hospital, downloads of formal documentation/ members area, woodland and nature spotting blog where members and their family can record and share nature sightings. This will also help form a record of wildlife on the Park to help with the grant received for the woodland area. With the paperwork available to us, we believe the matters in relation to the previous grant over 5 years were met and work carried out. The existing grant is paid annually 2021-2025. A few of the directors are starting to work with this and the grant maker with a view to determining exactly what is required, record wildlife species, establish a bird watching area, put up bird boxes in the autumn. We may be looking for some help with this from members.

Summer-Houses – It was noted that the council meeting on 26 July 2022 was to consider the grant, CM confirmed that the regeneration officer required no further information.
To enable the surveyors to complete their report, a builder would be needed to confirm the roof construction of the summerhouses, as they were all different. The roof would need to be peeled back and tiles take down baseboards from the eaves. It was agreed that a quote to repair the first summerhouse would be sought to determine
whether to proceed regardless, this was approved unanimously.
It was also agreed that a display board showing the history of St Edwards Park in the first summer-house would be a useful addition.

Date of next meeting: 29th July 2022.

Right Light, Right Time, Right Place

After a resident shared a photo of the clock tower with only a couple of faces illuminated (and the time only correct once a year), LSS Electrical Ltd were instructed to take a look at the clock. Access to the tower was through a loft hatch in one of the apartments in St Edwards Hall. The engineer, James, reports that it was ‘remarkable to see the clock mechanism and very exciting’.

The time hadn’t been set on the clock for a few years so he was able to set about repairing this too whilst up there. He checked and lubricated the clock mechanism and set the time on the master clock, clock faces and set the automatic timer to British Summer Time. After looking at the illumination of the clock faces he found poor contact to the batten lamps. All 8 batten lamps and condensers were then replaced and voila – let there be light!

Clock Tower Repairs Outside, V Salt

What Does ‘Grade II Listed’ Mean?

What is a listed building?

A building is listed when it is of special architectural or historic interest considered to be of national importance and therefore worth protecting.

As the term implies, a listed building is actually added to a list: the National Heritage List for England. You can use this to discover whether your home is listed and if so, what grade it is.

You may also be able to find out what is particularly significant about the building. Some listing records are more detailed than others.

Listed buildings come in three categories of ‘significance’:

  • Grade I for buildings of the highest significance
  • Grade II* and
  • Grade II

Most listed building owners are likely to live in a Grade II building as these make up 92% of all listed buildings.

How does listing affect owners?

Listing means there will be extra control over what changes can be made to a building’s interior and exterior. Owners will need to apply for Listed Building Consent for most types of work that affect the ‘special architectural or historic interest’ of their home.

For more detail on applying for consent, please see Who Do I Contact?

What parts of the building does listing cover?

Listing covers a whole building, including the interior, unless parts of it are specifically excluded in the list description.

It can also cover:

  • Other attached structures and fixtures
  • Later extensions or additions
  • Pre-1948 buildings on land attached to the building. (In the planning system, the term ‘curtilage’ is used to describe this attached land.)

Because all listed buildings are different and unique, what is actually covered by a listing can vary quite widely. It is best, therefore, to check this with your local planning authority.

For more detail on listing, see the Guide to Heritage Protection: Listed Buildings.

How do I find out if my building is listed?

If you think your home is listed but are unsure, the best place to start is our Search the List page. This allows you to search the National Heritage List for England by postcode or keyword. If you have your postcode to hand we recommend using the map search. This allows you to determine more clearly whether your building is listed and at what grade.

If you cannot find your building or are still unsure, please contact your local authority or our National Heritage List for England Helpdesk at heritagelistenquiries@HistoricEngland.org.uk.

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