nocton hall hospital | surgery, x-ray, wards 46-56

It wasn’t possible to discern any sort of building programme or noticeable extensions. All the wards looked similar and had the same layout. So the plan of the initial USAF hospital was followed by the later RAF extensions.

In planform, the hospital was built in two major sections: a northern half and southern half linked by a central spine corridor which traversed the entire length of the site. Administration and admission were to the north of the site where the hospital joined the village of Nocton.

All the pavilion ward blocks were aligned roughly north-south, most in regimented rows across the site. Whilst most were of a similar size, there were several smaller wards in the northern part of the complex, with two larger wards at the southern end of the site. All the wards were single storey with windows along their eastern and western sides.

A boiler house was situated in the north eastern part of the site, and several large brick built structures occupied the central drive between the two halves of the site.

Looking south down the lengthy north-south corridor. We're roughly mid-way along its length, where the northern half of the hospital ends and the southern half starts. © Simon Cornwell 2008

Detail of the painted navigation stripes pointing north. Very American. © Simon Cornwell 2008

Moving north, this is the view north up the north-south corridor. The yellow bar across the ceiling in the distance is the entrance to the dentists. © Simon Cornwell 2008

Moving further north, we come to the bisection of the north-south and an east-west corridor (this leads to the large 'offset' ward to the east). View north. In the distance, the door to the surgery can be seen. © Simon Cornwell 2008

The main north-south corridor at the intersection with the main east-west corridor. Looking south down the north-south corridor. © Simon Cornwell 2008