Published: 12 November 2022

Sir Lawrence Palk and his brother, Lord Haldon, donated a site on Higher Union Street to become the first Torbay Hospital. The foundation stone for the new hospital was laid in 1850 and the building finished in 1853.

Photo: 1850 Higher Union Street

The hospital was established as a voluntary hospital which meant that it was provided and maintained by voluntary funds. Local people either paid a weekly contribution as a member or paid an entrance fee when they were admitted (and then became a weekly paying member).