The Cottage Hospital, Woburn [Z1130]
Thursday 20th August 1914: We understand that 1st
are marching towards the enemy who have, today, taken the Belgian capital, . The Brussels Bedfords, with their division, seem to be heading for the
town of Mons just inside close to the French border.
the Duchess of Bedford has granted permission to use the Hospital for military
purposes, and has placed 25 beds therein and, if necessary, will fit up the
gymnasium or a wing of the Abbey as a temporary Hospital.* Woburn
Luton News 20th August 1914
* This was Mary, the famous “Flying Duchess” who had been instrumental in getting the hospital built between 1901 and 1903. It served as a hospital, latterly called
until 1964 when it became an adult education centre. It closed around the year
2000 and is now divided into flats.
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