Welcome to SAHHistory.wordpress.com. This site is dedicated to Saint Augustine’s Hospital in Chartham, Kent, in the UK, Now sadly demolished and redeveloped as a housing estate.
Check out the Site News section for all updates to the website and Facebook group.
You can navigate our pictures and videos of the site using the menu bar, above right.
So, Who am I, and why am I making a site about a Mental Hospital that no longer exists?
I am Stacy Leith, and my late Father, Andrew Leith, worked at the site, mainly in the boiler room, from the early to mid 1980’s, up until it closed in 1993. My Father raised me on his own, and I often went in to work with him, especially when he was on call. I have many fond memories of the site, climbing in the boilers to clean them with him, sitting in the old mess room, visiting the workshop, climbing the 100ft water tower, and all sorts of other things me and my father did there.
Recently I did some searching on the internet for pictures of the site, and came up dry. There are many photos online, but 99% are after it was closed, all of them showing dilapidated, half demolished, barely recognisable structures.
I knew my family still had a video my Father and his very good friend Doug had shot a week before they closed the door in 1993, and upon asking for a copy, was also supplied photos of the site, taken by one of my fathers colleagues, ranging from 1975 up to 1993, which also document a number of interesting events to happen late in the Hospitals life time.
I loved the hospital, as did my Father, and I know he would want this site to be made, so that everyone interested in the history of Saint Augustine’s Hospital can see the photos and videos we have. Otherwise, it may just be forgotten.
So, please feel free to have a look around, and share this site with anyone who may be interested, and get in touch if you have anything to add.
More photos could be added at any time, as I know we have many more buried in boxes, and am in the process of tracking them down!
This site is dedicated to my Father, who worked at St Augustine’s Hospital and moved on to St Martins Hospital in Canterbury when St A’s closed in 1993.
Andrew F. Leith, 22/09/1949 – 18/01/2007