Grange Road - The Solarium
When I was a child the Bermondsey Health Centre was known as the Solarium.
Opened in 1929 it was the first health centre of its kind in the UK and had a Solarium on the roof.
The front glass corners to the right of the building is where the dentist used to practice. I remember in the 1960s the Health Centre treated the population on mass with Polio jabs
Have you any experiences about visiting this building?
Hi Joe I have very high arches in my feet, I had to go there in the early sixties to see if they could do anything Their Idea was to put my feet in to seperate foot bayhs and pass a small elelctric current though the baths to try to ease out the arches, needless to say it did no good. Earlier this year I had a injury to my foot, I told the young Doctor what had happened he looked horrified . From what I have understood the Solarium was the brain child of Doctor Salter, who belived that fresh air and sunlight was the answer to good health. he also got a lot of trees planted. I was told that of all the inner london Boroughs Bermondsey as more trees than any other. Before we had to put Mum and Dad in a home their GP practice was there.