Princess with nurses talking to boy in traction on a bed in ward

Princess Alexandra’s royal visit

Pictured below are a series of photographs, by Mr Futcher and the Salisbury Journal, showing the visit to Odstock Hospital (now Salisbury District Hospital) of Her Royal Highness Princess Alexandra on Saturday, 29th October, 1955.

It is interesting to see the interior ward environment and equipment used. You can also see the round topped Nissen Huts that date from the US Army field hospital of World War 2.

Those who are familiar with the current hospital site will recognise many features still present today such as the slope of maternity corridor and the single storey brick buildings that also date from World War 2.

Also in our archives is a letter from Kensington Palace thanking staff for their warm welcome. We also have detailed documents that set out the timetable for the royal visit in great detail. This includes ward names from local villages that are no longer in use, such as Wilton, Bemerton and Milford Wards.

You can also watch our short video including some of the photos from Princess Alexandra’s visit.


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