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Welcome to the Video section.

Saint Augustine’s Hospital – The Final Days:
You can watch the video in fullscreen by clicking the link underneath, and viewing it on YouTube.

Direct Link to this video on YouTube: Click Here

This video was shot and edited by my Father, Andrew F. Leith, with help from Doug Fleetney. It was shot about a week before they closed the hospital down in 1993. Unfortunately, the original edit he did was peppered with copyrighted music, so I have had to overdub some royalty free classical, otherwise it may get flagged on YouTube. There is a chance that my family still has the original footage on 8mm, and I will strive to find it, and get a better quality, re-edited version of this video.

As far as I am aware, this is the only remaining footage of the site before it was demolished. If I am wrong about that, and you have/know of footage, please do contact me.

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  1. My father was a hospital porter here and I currently live on the former site, amazing footage and photos. I too searched and couldn’t find anything about St Augustine’s, it’s like it never existed (or all traces have been erased). My dad rarely talks about his many years spent here, the only thing he has told me is that after the closure was announced a lot of the managers bought themselves new office furniture to take with them! Thank you for this fresh insight into the hospital x

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    • Hi Vera, thank you, the reaction to this website is great, I am quite overwhelmed! Glad I am not the only person interested in this. I am working on some more content, and will be taking a trip to the site at some point in the coming weeks to take photos of the remaining buildings, and the new ones that have been built. Also more photos to come, a re-edit of the footage seen here, as have found the original tapes, and hopefully a map of the old sirte, overlayed over the new site.

      Again, thank you for your comment.

      Regards,
      Stacy Leith.

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  2. Very moving footage, I trained at St A’s in 1966 and left in 1973, It brought back many memories and many stories of the days when it housed over 2,000 patients. Thanks for sharing your footage with us.

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    • Hi Ian, thanks for your comment. It’s great to hear from people who worked there, and I’m glad you got something out of this website.

      Regards,
      Stacy Leith

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  3. What a beautiful yet sad and emotional Video. I was born near the bottom of the drive and spent my youth running around the estate with my friends Mark and Keith Levitt whose father was the Group Secretary at the time,my father work as a Pay Clerk and my mother was an Auxillary Nurse .The happy memories your video and pictures have brought back are numerous and I,m sure that it will likewise for anybody who worked at St A,s. well done and thank you.

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  4. Hi Stacey,

    What an amazing site you have created in honour of your Dad.
    I trained at St. A’s from 1985-88 and worked there as a Staff Nurse until 1989.
    Watching the video was extremely emotional and almost bought me to tears, evoking so many memories of such a long time ago. I have some scenic photos of St. A’s which I will try and dig out for you.

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    • Hi Sally, and thank you. The reactions to this site have been great, I’m honoured that I could share all of this with everyone. And anything you have would be great, feel free to email anything you like to me at mrleith@live.com

      Regards,
      Stacy Leith

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  5. Brings bsck lots of memories our 3 sons where christened in the chapel there by Colin fleetney who was also in charge of the fitters if I remember right

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    • That’s great. I am still in contact with Colin’s son Douglas, who is going to be helping me (I hope, lol) identify some of the pictures I have and am getting for the site. Dougs like a big brother to me 🙂

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  6. Thank you so much for putting together this wonderful site. The photos are amazing, and the video stirred lots of memories and emotions. I trained at St A’s 1981-84 then worked as a staff nurse on Hazel ward till 1985. My brother was a patient here. Very happy place. Great to see Godfrey House and the window of my room there.
    Many Thanks

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  7. Fab, well done and thank you Stacy. Many happy memories stirred. When we first moved to Chartham the farm was still operational and as kids we used to love to go down there. I remember all the lovely wild cats and we used to go and find kittens in the spring. I was in the pantomime every year from about 1968 – about 1972. Happy days. X

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    • hello ann dont know if you remember me my name is philip nash we used to live in shalmsford st i had 2 elder brothers peter and paul and 2 sisters caroline and patrica we used to explore there around 1968 1972
      if its the same ann holmes hello hope you are well phi[ip nash

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  8. A very interesting website I am interested in the hospital because my Great Uncle was admitted to this
    hospital following suffering from Neurasthenia?shell shock in WW1 being sent back to England in July 1917. I did visit as a young child and understand he died Oct 1964. My Mother always wanted to know
    what happened to the graves at the hospital after the redevelopment. I visited once but was unable to
    see where the graves were, there was a fence around the Chapel at the time. Does anyone know what
    happened? I have read one report which indicates that the graves were empty now. I appreciate any
    information thank you.

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  9. I’m interested to know which of the original buildings have been built on ? I visited on Sunday and met a lady who said she was the new owner of Oakwood house but the ariel maps are confusing me x

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    • I’m sure it was Oak House not Oakwood. If you look at the ariel photo it is the group of red roof buildings in the top lefthand corner, next to which were the riding school. I used to work on Hawthorn ward and after the storm of ’87 the whole ward was moved to oak (previously the adolescent unit) and later moved to Haine Hospital (another ‘lost’ hospital). I started at St A’s in 1979 as a Nursing Assistant, did my training in 1982 at the Lawson School, and qualified as an S.E.N in 1984, and went back to Hawthorn and then May ward (the only male staff on an all female ward)

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    • The only buildings I can see still standing are the group in the top lefthand corner, which were the ‘houses’ Oak (Male and Female) Redwood, Juniper and Beech House, which were schools for adolescence. Driving around a few years ago the only other buildings are the church and what was used the main entrance building. The remainder above were due for demolition in May 2017

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  10. It sure brings back a lot of memories and great that the video shows the long tree lined driveway to the main entrance. Curious to know where about the cemetery?

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