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The Royal Naval Hospital, Stonehouse was a medical facility for naval officers and other ranks at Stonehouse, Plymouth.

Royal Naval Hospital, Stonehouse
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Royal Naval Hospital, Stonehouse
Royal Naval Hospital, Stonehouse is located in Devon
Royal Naval Hospital, Stonehouse
Royal Naval Hospital, Stonehouse
Location within Devon
Coordinates50°22′20″N 4°09′29″W / 50.37218°N 4.15804°W / 50.37218; -4.15804Coordinates: 50°22′20″N 4°09′29″W / 50.37218°N 4.15804°W / 50.37218; -4.15804
Site history
Built forWar Office
In use1765-1995


The naval hospital was built between 1758 and 1765 to a design by Alexander Rowehead.[1] The hospital housed 1,200 patients in sixty wards, its ten ward blocks being arranged around a courtyard with a central block containing the chapel, dispensary and staff housing. The design was influential in its time:[2] its pattern of detached wards (arranged so as to minimise spread of infection) foreshadows the 'pavilion' style of hospital building which was popularised by Florence Nightingale a century later.[3] Patients were landed directly from Stonehouse Creek (now playing fields). The hospital closed in 1995; it is now a gated residential complex called Millfields.[4]


  1. ^ Historic England. "Royal Naval Hospital (437649)". PastScape. Retrieved 30 May 2016.
  2. ^ Revell, Surgeon Vice Admiral A. (28 June 1996). "History of the Royal Naval Hospitals" (PDF). The History of Anaesthesia Society proceedings. p. 86. Retrieved 24 January 2017.
  3. ^ Historic England. "Former Royal Naval Hospital, the Quadrangle Centre, the Quadrangle Centre Creykes, Gordon, Fellowes, Lyster and Sandon Court, the Quadrangle Centre Evans, Hornby, Dudding, Pryn and Norbury Court (1113296)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 30 May 2016.
  4. ^ "Introduction". Millfields. Retrieved 30 May 2016.