Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Royal Waterloo Hospital for Children and Women, 1904


 Formed in 1816 as the Universal Dispensary for Children, changing in 1852 to the Royal Infirmary for Children and Women and then finally in 1875 to the Royal Waterloo Hospital for Children and Women, this hospital for children and women as the name suggests was originally based in St Andrews Hill in London, but owing to shortage of beds it was moved to Waterloo, south of the Thames, in a new, large building built between 1903 and 1904. The cost of the rebuilding was £45,000 and had 90 beds for inpatients, and also an outpatients department. The hospital is on the corner of Waterloo Bridge Road and Stamford Street, very close to Waterloo Station. The hospital joined the National Health Service in 1948 which provided, and still does provide, free healthcare to all, a great British institution. The hospital, now known as the Royal Waterloo Hospital, closed in 1976 and sold in 1981 to the Schiller International University, and it is now student accommodation for an American University, Notre Dame University. Fortunately, as can be seen it still retains it's wonderful Edwardian architecture


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