The London Chest Hospital

I hadn’t realised that the London Chest Hospital has closed and is now boarded up, pending the conversion of its site to luxury housing.   Founded in March 1848 by a group, most of whom were Quakers, it first opened as a public dispensary in 6, Liverpool Street.   The foundation stone for a new building in Bonner’s Fields was laid in 1851 by Prince Albert with profits from the Great Exhibition.   The building was designed by Frederick Ordish as an early example of the Queen Anne Movement.   It opened in 1855.   The south wing was added in 1865 and balconies were added in 1900 so that people could lie in the open air for the treatment of TB:-

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