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A Ransom Hall Brief History


As part of our 20th anniversary we are writing a history series on all our properties. In this latest article we look at Ransom Hall. 

Early Days 

It is thought that the name of the original building built on the foot print of the current day Ransom Hall was Ransom Hospital. To keep things simple the building will be referred to as Ransom Hall throughout this article.

Here you can see this original building opened in 1902 for TB which was made from wood. If you look carefully at the photo you will see an open verandas on its frontage.A common method for curing TB was to have patients sleep on these open verandas of the wards covered by just waterproof sheets in bad weather.

The patients described the views as restful – though a frequent complaint from the patients was that they were kept awake by the churring notes of the night jar as they slept on the open verandas.

1947 – The Redevelopment 

It is believed that Ransom Hall  was rebuilt around 1947 into the building that you see today. We don’t know the exact date but are given the clue by the memorial record that is now housed in the property relating to the clock tower on the building.  The clock was presented by the mine workers union on 1st May 1947 ‘in the hope that the patients will improve in health as time is recorded’. It makes sense that the clock was constructed at the same time that the whole property was redeveloped. 

1960s to 80s & The Story of Mick Talbot

In 1965  the B8 bus used to come up to Ransom Wood and drop off hospital visitors – Robert Minchin remembers at the age of 5 years old being on the top deck and seeing the patients being wheeled out onto the patio in front of Ransom Hall in the sunshine. We therefore assume that the windows that you see today on the front of the property were all doors in those days allowing the patients to be brought out through them.

In the late 70s Ransom Hall became an apartment style hospital for the mentally disabled and around 1981 we have a story of a resident/patient who became known as PC Mick Talbot – the patients at this time used to be able to walk freely around the hall including into the site kitchens at the back of Ransom Hall  (now known as Been House). In fact one patient used to come into the kitchens, find the large vat of flour and cover himself in it thinking he was a ghost.

Sue Minchin worked in the hospital kitchens at this time and PC Talbot truly thought he was a police officer. He used to challenge patients coming into the kitchens saying ‘PC Talbot stop right there’ He even pulled out his own version of a police ID card. I am told he was very believable when he made arrests and even took statements.

One day a thief broke into an asphalt office close to Ransom Wood and stole a safe, put it in a transit van and brought it up to Ransom Wood the to try and break it open. They were arrested by PC Talbot who on being questioned by the real police later showed them he had taken full details  – registration, description etc.

Closure

The hospital wards surrounding Ransom Hall gradually closed due to  subsidence and on 10th August 1987 the final ward closed. It is therefore presumed that 1987 also marked the end of Ransom Hall as a hospital bringing us to the end of the era of the site as a hospital  – it had served 85 years as a place of healing and will never be forgotten ( from 1902 to 1987 )

Recent History

Ransom Hall was then occupied by the PCT as office accomodation for many years. 

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Google Reviews


  • clair meade

    19/12/2023

    Brilliant place. Nature. Trees. Bliss.

  • Dirk R De Boer

    26/10/2023

    The old hospital, now a business centre, lots of parking, great surroundings

  • alison smith

    11/10/2023

    Lovely

  • joyce walsh

    17/06/2023

    Went for a course. Was easy to find and to park

  • James Oliver

    27/05/2023

    Went for a coffee.....great location

  • Sarah Dean

    16/05/2023

    Beautiful peaceful location. A hidden gem!

  • Derek Scott

    08/05/2023

    Very busy. All types of business are there

  • Sam H

    28/04/2023

    Lovely business park loads of free parking and plenty of 'hidden gem' businesses, including my favourite - Azure Aesthetics x

  • Neil Holmes

    31/01/2023

    A great venue

  • Sarah Beaumont

    15/12/2022

    This is such a beautiful setting for an office. Lovely & peaceful and the Ransomwood team are excellent! The maintenance team are always around if needed, great internet facilities and a fabulous café onsite too. I would highly recommend this place if you are looking for premises in the area.

  • Alan Benton

    28/11/2022

    Nice place for a business meeting

  • 1ndyskies

    15/09/2022

    I was on a speed awareness course at Ransom Hall, so not the ideal situation. The place however looked lovely. Very tranquil.

  • Ann Revill

    09/08/2022

    Lovely animals to watch and birds

  • Melvin Crofts

    30/05/2022

    Lovely place

  • Paul Gillon

    13/12/2021

    A well maintained business grounds with 100s of offices and a restaurant in the centre. Speed controlled and beautiful woodland surroundings, this place seems to be consistently upgrading.

  • Gareth Childs

    03/09/2021

    Great park to host a business

  • Dave Watts

    17/08/2021

    Love this place

  • Maxine Dillon

    15/07/2021

    We rent an office here and it’s just such a lovely place to drive into everyday

  • Chris Kho

    22/06/2021

    Still love to walk around. I used to live in the big house at the top of the drive, it was Oak House then and I nursed at Ransom Hospital , Byron Ward which was on the left side of Ransom Hall car park. Oak House used to be Sisters accommodation. I think the main chef lived upstairs when I lived there and just me downstairs mostly. I loved it but had to keep my kitchen door closed because of the squirrels. Loved looking down the drive out of my bedroom and lounge windows, beautiful in Autumn and when it snowed, I worked at Ransom Hospital until it closed in 1987. Wonder why Oak House was later named Ash House? Lovely dining at Forever Green in the grounds whilst I reminisce.

  • Tony Lewis

    20/05/2021

    Absolutely spot on as regards setting up a virtual office. Really friendly and helpful reception staff, with onsite meeting rooms available if needed. Very pleased.

  • Matthew Sheppard

    07/03/2021

    Beautiful

  • John Redfern

    20/07/2020

    Good food

  • David Draper

    25/02/2020

    Great place for taking pets a walk, lovely cafe with meeting rooms.

  • Pete Edwards

    08/02/2020

    A great place

  • Daryl Statham-waring

    20/11/2019

    Brilliant place, they have all sorts of businesses there. A cafe, hypnotherapy, hypnopuncture as well many others. Worth a drive up just to see what's there. Furthermore, it's in lovely surroundings.

  • Jo Harris

    13/10/2019

    Just go there and walk for miles! Beautiful views from strawberry hill too.

  • Philip Merry

    04/08/2018

    Go experience

  • victoria chandler

    28/06/2018

    Great place,hidden away

  • T Butler

    24/05/2018

    Set in beautiful woodland.. a very relaxing place to work.

  • Bec Ward

    12/03/2018

    Very tranquil here, feel at real ease could get lost in my own thoughts

  • S Curran

    17/01/2018

    Lots of meeting rooms. Follow signes not sat nav to find entrence as its moved. Plenty of parking.

  • Andy long

    03/12/2017

    Nice business offices and restaurant

  • Robert West

    05/02/2017

    Love it. Great setting, and reasonable rents.

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