LOST HOSPITALS OF LONDON
St Charles' Hospital
Exmoor Street, Ladbroke Grove, North Kensington, W10 6DZ
1881 - current
Acute. Later, rehabilitation and mental.
In 1876 potential sites for an infirmary for the sick poor of
the parish of St Marylebone were being considered in the West End,
Hampstead and Ladbroke Grove in North Kensington. The last site
was finally chosen - a 3.5 acre site in Rackham Street costing almost
£8100 - and the foundation stone was laid in 1879.
The entrance driveway in Exmoor Street.
The porter's lodge is to the left of the entrance drive.
The main entrance building is along and to the right of the main driveway.
The former Hospital chapel is located above the entrance archway.
The barely legible 1879 foundation stone is on the left side of the archway. It was laid on July 7th 1879 by Edmund Boulnois, Chairman of the Board of Guardians for the parish of St Marylebone, and his two Vice-Chairmen.
The Hospital frontage along Exmoor Street.
Ward blocks on the eastern part of the site.
Ward blocks at the western side (above and below).
One of the eastern ward blocks is currently undergoing reconstruction to become the community hospital.
The water tower as seen from the drive.
The goods entrance (left). The water tower (right) in the north courtyard is now a gym.
The modern Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit with 10 beds backs onto St Marks Road and is owned by CNWL (above and below).
The back of the Hospital from St Marks Road.
Nothing at all to do with the Hospital: the Carmelite Monastery of the Most Holy Trinity, on the northwest corner of St Charles Square, is adjacent to St Charles' Hospital and has its entrance in Exmoor Street.
Update: March 2011
New signage for the St Charles' Centre for Health and Wellbeing (above and below).
The Urgent Care Centre.
The E.C.T. Suite is located in a modern building.
Nightingale House on the southern part of the site provides mental health care for older people.
Update: December 2015
The main entrance to the Hospital is through the archway on the left.
The former chapel is above the entrance arch.
The main entrance to St Charles' Hospital (mental health services) is through the arch.
The St Charles's Centre for Health and Well-Being is to the east of the main St Charles' Hospital.
St Charles' Centre for Health and Well-Being.
The Urgent Care Centre (above and below).
|In 1949 John Reginald Christie attended the Out-Patients Department complaining of a strained back. He had spent the morning struggling down the stairs with the body of his latest victim for concealment in the washroom of his home at 10 Rillington Place.|
References (Accessed 26th December 2015)
Curle B 1981 St Charles Hospital. A Century of Service 1881-1981. London, Smith Kline & French Laboratories Ltd.
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