Glenside, Bristol

Glenside campus is the home of the Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences at the University of the West of England (UWE), Bristol. It is located on Blackberry Hill in the suburb of Fishponds. Its clocktower is a prominent landmark, visible from the M32 motorway. Several of the buildings on the site are Grade II listed.[1]

Part of the Glenside Hospital building (now Faculty of Health and Social Care, UWE)
Location within Bristol
General information
Town or cityBristol
Coordinates51.484853°N 2.540725°W / 51.484853; -2.540725
Design and construction
ArchitectHenry Crisp


Bristol Lunatic Asylum

By 1844, St Peter's Hospital for Pauper Lunatics, in what is now Castle Park, was overcrowded and not fit-for-purpose. The Corporation therefore ordered a new hospital to be built outside of the city in Stapleton. Opened in 1861, Bristol Lunatic Asylum was designed by Henry Crisp and built next to the co-located Stapleton Work House (now Blackberry Hill Hospital).[2][1]

Beaufort War Hospital

In 1914, the hospital was requisitioned by the War Office and renamed Beaufort War Hospital. 931 patients were transferred to other asylums in the West of England, with 45 patients remaining to work in the hospital grounds. Stanley Spencer worked as a medical orderly at the Beaufort from 1915 to 1916.[3]

Glenside Hospital

In 1919, following the cessation of hostilities, the hospital returned to its former mental health function. Some time before the Second World War it was named Glenside Mental Hospital, and with the NHS reforms of 1959 it was renamed Glenside Hospital. In 1961 patient numbers were 1,012.[4]

Blackberry Hill Hospital

In January 1993, Glenside and neighbouring Manor Park Hospital merged to become the jointly named Blackberry Hill Hospital. Patients of Glenside were assessed for capability, with many placed within the Care in the Community programme, while the residual were moved into new buildings constructed on the former Manor Park site for their long term care.[5]

Avon and Gloucestershire College of Health

From 1992 the hospital began closing wards, and the site was converted into the Avon and Gloucestershire College of Health in a phased programme over three years.[6][7]

UWE Glenside Campus

In 1996, the Avon and Gloucestershire College of Health and Bath and the Swindon College of Health Studies joined with the University of the West of England to purchase the former Glenside site, and converted it into the UWE Faculty of Health and Social Care, currently the faculty of Health and Applied Sciences.[8]


The museum, founded by Dr Donal F. Early, used to be situated in the balcony of the canteen, but has since re-located to the Grade 2 listed Glenside Chapel. The museum's collection consists of a wide range of paraphernalia and images from the life of Glenside and of the local Learning Disability Hospitals of the Stoke Park Group and the Burden Neurological Institution. The museum charges no entrance fee, but depends on donations from the public, and currently opens every Wednesday 10am-12pm and Saturdays 10am-12pm.[9]


Records of Glenside Hospital and the original Bristol Lunatic Asylum are held at Bristol Archives (Ref. 40513).[10]


The Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences includes the following departments:[11]

  • Department of Nursing and Midwifery
  • Department of Biological, Biomedical and Analytical Sciences
  • Department of Allied Health Professions
  • Department of Health and Social Sciences


The faculty offers full and part-time courses at all levels, from BSc and Diploma courses to MSc and PhD, plus a wide range of continuing education, in the areas of Midwifery, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Radiography, Social Work and other health-related professions.[12]

See also


  1. Historic England. "Glenside University Campus  (Grade II) (1282398)". National Heritage List for England.
  2. "Bristol Lunatic Asylum". Glenside Museum. Retrieved 15 February 2015.
  3. "Beaufort War Hospital". Glenside Museum. Retrieved 15 February 2015.
  4. "Glenside". CountyAsylums. Retrieved 17 September 2017.
  5. "Blackberry Hill Hospital". BBC West. Retrieved 14 April 2011.
  6. "History – Glenside College of Health". APG Architecture. Archived from the original on 5 February 2015. Retrieved 5 February 2015.
  7. R. W. K. Reeves (1993). "The last dance" (PDF). Psychiatric Bulletin. 17: 293. doi:10.1192/pb.17.5.293. Retrieved 3 February 2015.
  8. "UWE history timeline". University of the West of England. Retrieved 3 February 2015.
  9. "Visit us". Glenside Museum. Retrieved 30 September 2018.
  10. "Glenside". Bristol Archives. Retrieved 30 September 2018.
  11. "Our departments". University of the West of England, Bristol. Retrieved 30 September 2018.
  12. "Welcome to the Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences". University of the West of England, Bristol. Retrieved 30 September 2018.
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