Do you remember the fire of ’66?

On August 18th 1966 a fire swept through a wing of the hospital during the day. The fire, which started in the kitchen, caused significant damage to the old hospital wards and new outpatients. Despite this, surgeons continued with an operation only 15 yards away!

Kitchen Fire

“Patients in wards nearby watched from windows as hospital staff and passers-by formed a human chain to save records, nurses uniforms and other stores.  Then they served the firemen ice-cream and lemonade as they worked in the sweltering heat.”



Kitchen fire

 “I stood there in despair as the hose pipe went through the plate glass window of the brand new outpatients building, to get to the fire.” Remembers one witness





Do you remember the hospital kitchen fire? If so, we’d love to hear your story!

Catchup and cream tea

invitation to cream tea

Have you worked or trained at St Luke’s Hospital, Guildford? Then you are invited to join us for afternoon tea.

Date: Tuesday 11th June 2013

Time: 2.30 – 5 pm.

Place: The undercroft at The Spike, Warren Road.

This is your chance to meet the volunteer researchers and to see some of the photographs and articles we’ve collected so far!

If you have a story about St Luke’s then we would love to hear it!

We look forward to meeting you!