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IMPORTANT HISTORY: New book reveals stories from Leavesden Hospital

 Published on: 26th January 2021   |   By: Geraint Roberts   |   Category: Uncategorized

The founder of the Leavesden Hospital History Assocation, and former park ranger at the park, has put together a new book about Leavesden Hospital.

Martin Brooks has interviewed former staff of the hospital, collected hundreds of first-hand stories of the people, places and events that made up the history and caring culture which the hospital and it staff were recognised for. 

During their 127 years of operation, these facilities were one of the largest employers in the area with thousands of staff members working at the site and living in the surrounding communities.

After almost four years of work, Martin has named his book Acts of Caring and Other Heroics – Stories from the Leavesden Asylum/Hospital – 1868 to 1995 which has now been published by the Independent Publishers Network.

Martin said: “I have always loved telling the stories of the people I have meet who used to work at the hospital and of those who worked there in the past. 

“As we are unable at this time to meet in the park for the history walks and talks which have been sponsored and supported by Three Rivers District Council, it was even more important to get them all out in this book.”

Copies of the book are available to order by going to and clicking on “The Book-Acts of Caring” tab. Or you can contact Martin directly be emailing him at

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