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Hospital Heddon House Weidner 1917





Original Location

Heddon House

Which war


Dedication, Creation or Publication date

Officially inaugurated Saturday 15th October 1921 by His Eminence Cardinal Bourne.

Memorial Description

Heddon House, a mansion house, made over to the Tyne Council of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul to be used as a Home of Rest. It contained about 20 rooms, which were furnished by the donors on the lines of a well-to-do gentleman farmer’s home.
In full use, it accommodated 40 to 50 guests, men and women, drawn from the poorest ranks of workers in the three northern counties.
The Home was provided with and abundant supply of milk, butter, eggs, free of charge from the farms on the estate.


(Dedicated to the memory of their son Charles William Weidner, killed at Ypres in 1917).


See above

Who commissioned

Alderman and Mrs. J.F. Weidner.


1. Although the Society is Roman Catholic, the home was not confined to Roman Catholics.

2. The Home took in anybody who was sick, not just wounded soldiers.

3. The first Matron was Mrs. Toman, sister of Canon Stark of Hexham, who took up the charge as a labour of love.

4. The house was originally an inn and is believed to have been visited by highwayman Dick Turpin.

5. See “Merci Beaucoup”

6. See also Every Name A Story

Newspaper cuttings, photos or archival material

Illustrated Chronicle 29/08/1921 reports proposed handing over of house; 17/10/1921 reports inauguration.

Northern Echo 29/08/1921 reports proposals

Newcastle Weekly Chronicle 03/09/1921 reports handing over of house.

Blaydon Courier 03/09/1921 reports handing over of house.

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Research acknowledgements

Dorothy Hall

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