The history of Didworthy Sanatorium for Consumptivs, a TB hospital which opened in 1903.





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Credited cast:
David Coles ...
Himself - Former Patient
Alan Davies ...
Himself - Former Patient
Glenda Davies ...
Herself - Former Patient
Joyce O'Connel ...
Herself - Former Nurse
Lucy Moore ...
Herself - Former Resident
Mary Bateman ...
Herself - Former Resident
Mavis Hewitt ...
Herself - Former Resident
Gary Kent ...
Himself - Former Resident
Richard Peeke ...
Himself - Former Resident
Stella Gillingham ...
Herself - Former Resident
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Maurice Bard ...
Okehampton Board Member
Stephen Church ...
Board member
Mr. Pierce
Keith Earley ...
Board member


Part 1 History of the founding of the hospital in the early 1900s. Part 2 Series of interviews with past patients and staff from the 1950s. Part 3 Archive footage about the closure of the hospital. Part 4 Life in Didworthy after hospital closure. Written by Julian Kemp

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In explaining the early days of the Sanatorium, a scene from a meeting of the Okehampton Board of Guardians is accurately re-created from newspaper archives and the actual minutes of the meeting, which are now held in the Exeter Records Office. The meeting was originally held in the Okehampton workhouse, which was demolished in 2008 The scene for the film was shot in the Guildhall, Totnes, Devon, UK. See more »

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A informative and well structured film
20 September 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

We were very pleased to be asked to take part in the film about Didworthy Sanatorium. We thought the film had just the right mixture of history, medical facts and personal stories.A great number of patients over the years have walked through those gates not knowing what was a head of them and in the early years there was very little and then only if you were lucky to be chosen by your parish if not your fate was sealed.This was very effectively shown in the reenactment.We were the lucky ones because drugs became available.

We are so pleased that this film has been made because it is history.The treatment of T.B.has come a long way since the 1950's when we were there and years of bedrest, painful injections,and drugs with unknown side effects a thing of the past. We would like to think that this film would be available in Record Offices and perhaps Medical Schools because these facts and stories should not be lost.

Alan and I would like to thank Julien, Cathy,and Diddy Films for undertaking this venture and wish them all theluck in the future.

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