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L’Hôpital Rothschild, Berck Plage, Pas-de-Calais

In 1872, James Edouard de Rothschild (1844-1881) founded a hospital at Berck-sur-mer in the Pas de Calais which he named after his late father, Nathaniel. James Edouard died just ten years after the foundation of the hospital, which nevertheless benefited from the devotion to it of his widow, Laura Thérèse.

The hospital took on a therapeutic role in the treatment of tuberculosis. Hospitals and benevolent institutes were created to cater for the sick and those in need of rest and recuperation. The hospital specialised in the care of children, using the thalassotherapeutic cure discovered in the region. The Berck dispensary was founded in 1892 by Henri de Rothschild (1872-1947), James Edouard's son. A wide range of medical services were established such as dentistry and surgery, although the dispensary specialised in the care and nourishment of infants. In fact, this aspect of the service became independent in 1904, in which year alone 192,741 litres of sterilised milk were dispensed.

L’Hôpital Rothschild, Berck Plage, Pas-de- Calais, postcards , c.1900-1920

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A collection of commercially produced postcard views of the L’Hôpital Rothschild, Berck Plage, Pas-de- Calais, and the town of Berck Plage. The images include a portrait photpograph of Dr Calot, the Chief surgeon of the hospital. Two views depict the Chalet des Oyets, Berck-sur-Mer; in 1878, James Edouard de Rothschild bought two hectares of land at Berck-sur-Mer within a couple of hundred yards of the tubercular hospital he had built in 1871. Here he built a Swiss style chalet among the dunes facing the sea with the intention of spending the summer months there. James called it the ‘Chalet des Oyats’, oyats being a sort of gorse that grows in sand dunes. After James’ death, his widow Laura Thérèse used it as her seaside villa.  Here she started a clinic for consumptive children. The chalet was destroyed during the Second World War.

  • Berck Plage, L’hopital Rothschild, c.1910;
  • Berck Plage, Chalet de Rothschild c.1910;
  • Berck Plage, Chalet de Rothschild c.1910;
  • Berck Plage, rue Rothschild, Villa du Dr Calot, 1905;
  • Berck Plage, rue Rothschild, 1908;
  • Portrait photograph of Dr. Calot, Chirurgien [Chief Surgeon] en chef de l’Hopital Rothschild, c.1910 
  • Colour view of Hôpital Rothschild, Berck Plage, c.1920