ISBN 978-1-902702-29-2

Paperback
247mm high x 170mm wide

X + 87pp
2 watercolours,
61 B&W photographs
+ line drawings

RRP: £14.50

From Bats to Beds to Books

The First Eastern General Hospital (Territorial Force) in Cambridge – and what came before and after it.

Philomena Guillebaud


Even if they have never been inside it, most residents of Cambridge know of the University Library. But few people have been aware that before it was built, a vast military hospital complex – the First Eastern General Hospital – occupied the site during the First World War. At the end of the 19th century the land was a sports ground (Bats) before it became a hospital (Beds), and after the war the buildings were used for housing until they were demolished in 1929 to make way for the Library (Books).