Rutland Hospital for Officers
 16 Arlington Street, St James's, SW1A 1RD
Medical dates:

Medical character:
1914 - 1918?

Convalescent (military)
At the onset of WW1, the Duchess of Rutland converted Rutland House in Arlington Street into a Hospital for Officers.  Her bedroom became the operating theatre and the ballroom and gilded drawing room wards.  (The family home, Belvoir Castle near Grantham, Leicestershire, also became a military convalescent home for officers.  It too was run by the Duchess).

The Rutland Hospital for Officers had 17 beds and was affiliated to Queen Alexandra's Military Hospital in Millbank.

The Duke and Duchess's youngest daughter, Lady Diana Manners, had qualified as a nurse after six months' training at Guy's Hospital (despite her mother's concern at her working in such an uncongenial place) and became chief assistant to her mother at the Hospital.

The Hospital presumably closed in 1918.

Present status (June 2010)

After her husband's death in 1925 Violet Manners, Duchess of Rutland, sold the property in 1934 to the Royal Over-Seas League and moved to No. 34 Chapel Street, Belgravia, where she died in 1937.

Today the Grade I listed gatehouse has been converted into office space, with a luxury residential apartment on part of the lower ground floor.  It is currently being offered for sale for £1.5m by Amsprop, a company owned by Lord Sugar.

Gatehouse for Rutland House
In the 1730s, when Rutland House was built, it was unusual to enter a London mansion through a separate gatehouse.  However, this feature was copied in several later buildings in Arlington Street.  

Rutland House was extended in 1937 to link the original building to the gatehouse. The only exterior wall of the house faces Queen's Walk in Green Park.
References (Accessed 12th October 2014)

(Author unstated) 1916 Women and the war.  The Illustrated News, Vo1. 2.  London, Illustrated News and Sketch, 318.

(Author unstated) 1916 Items of social news.  New Zealand Herald, 11th November, 6.

(Author unstated) 1917 Items of social news.  New Zealand Herald, 6th January, 6.

(Author unstated) 1917 List of the various hospitals treating military cases in the United Kingdom.  London, H.M.S.O.

White J 2014 Zeppelin Nights.  London in the First World War.  London, Bodley Head.

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