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Work starts on memorial at Highfield Park, St Albans

PUBLISHED: 16:56 09 December 2010 | UPDATED: 18:16 20 February 2013

The ground laying ceremony has taken place in Highfield Park in St Albans for a memorial to over 1,000 former patients of Cell Barnes and Hill End Hospital who were buried on the site in 'Paupers Graves' from 1899 onwards.

The ground laying ceremony has taken place in Highfield Park in St Albans for a memorial to over 1,000 former patients of Cell Barnes and Hill End Hospital who were buried on the site in Paupers Graves from 1899 onwards.

The Highfield Park Trust hopes that the Memorial will act as a place of remembrance where the families of those who are buried on the site can come to mourn their loved ones.

The park which opened in 1996 lies on a site which has over a century of history. During the 2nd World War St Bartholomews Hospital was relocated to Hill End Hospital, to treat the war wounded and many thousands of Londoners injured during the Blitz.

During the Dunkirk evacuation the hospital treated over 600 casualties in one week.St Bartholomews hospital eventually relocated back to the London by 1961. Hill End Hospital was one of only four main centres in the country to investigate the use of Penicillin.

Highfield Park was opened in 1996 as a place of recreation away from the St Albans town centre. It serves the people of St Albans and the surrounding area. Its sixty acres of land includes Playing fields, allotments, ponds and orchards.

The park regularly hosts events for the community including a Christmas Market to be held this year on Friday 17th of December, a Summer Fete and an Apple Day to promote conservation and healthy eating.


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