Beam Parklands

Dagenham, Essex, RM10 9EH

Tel: 0208 227 2332

Dagenham Hospital

Details taken from

  • Dagenham Hospital, Leys Avenue, Rainham Road South, Dagenham RM10 9YL
  • Medical dates: 1899 – 1989
  • Patents admitted: Smallpox. Later, tuberculosis and diseases of the chest, then geriatric.
  • In 1894 West Ham County Borough Council purchased the Rookery Farm in Dagenham for £6,600 as a site for a smallpox hospital. The Dagenham Smallpox Hospital opened on 25th March 1899. It consisted of single-storey brick buildings surrounding a quadrangle.
  • In 1912 the Dagenham Smallpox Hospital was converted into a TB hospital and was renamed the Dagenham Sanatorium. During WW1 the Sanatorium was extended and during WW2 the hospital joined the emergency medical service.

In 1951 the sanatorium was renamed Dagenham Hospital, but remained a specialist TB hospital.

In 1980 it had become a geriatric hospital and in 1989 the Hospital closed for good.



This is an image of the original farm building which was converted into an isolation hospital.



This aerial photograph was taken in January 1921. The quadrangle of trees is still on site today and surrounds the mound in the centre of Beam Parklands.



Dagenham hospital awaiting demolition in the 1990’s.

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