St Mary Abbot's Hospital

St Mary Abbot's Hospital operated as a hospital at Marloes Road in Kensington from 1871 to 1992.

St Mary Abbot's Hospital
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St Mary Close, the site of the hospital in Marloes Road displaying the original hospital gates
St Mary Abbot's Hospital is located in Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
St Mary Abbot's Hospital
Location within Kensington and Chelsea
LocationKensington, London, England, United Kingdom
Coordinates51°29′52″N 0°11′27″W / 51.497676°N 0.190909°W / 51.497676; -0.190909Coordinates: 51°29′52″N 0°11′27″W / 51.497676°N 0.190909°W / 51.497676; -0.190909
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The hospital, which was designed by Alfred Williams as a workhouse infirmary and built by John T. Chappell,[1] was completed in 1871.[2] It included a chapel dedicated to St Elizabeth: the foundation stone was laid on 17 April 1875, by Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll. [3] The hospital became the Kensington Infirmary in 1912 and St Mary Abbot's Hospital in 1923.[2]

The hospital was badly bombed during the Blitz in 1940; four people were killed and one of the blocks was destroyed, leaving an open bomb site within the hospital grounds. In 1944, a V-1 flying bomb scored a direct hit. The south end of the main block (established in 1847), Stone Hall, and the infirmary (which dated back to 1871) were destroyed. Five nurses, six children and seven adult patients died, while 33 additional casualties were transferred to St George's Hospital on Hyde Park Corner, with all remaining patients evacuated. The hospital gradually recovered, and repairs were still being carried out when it was incorporated into the National Health Service in 1948.[2] The Metropolitan Ear, Nose and Throat Hospital move to the site in 1953.[2]

American musician Jimi Hendrix died at the hospital on 18 September 1970.[4] Its remaining services were moved to the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in Fulham Road in 1992.[2] Although the hospital has been demolished the hospital's gate posts, railings and gatehouse survive at the entrance to a gated complex known as St Mary Close.[2]

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  1. ^ "St. Mary Abbots Hospital". Survey of London: Volume 42, Kensington Square To Earl's Court. London County Council. 1986. Retrieved 8 February 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "St Mary Abbot's Hospital". Lost Hospitals of London. Retrieved 8 February 2015.
  3. ^ "St. Mary Abbots Hospital Pages 343-364 Survey of London: Volume 42, Kensington Square To Earl's Court. Originally published by London County Council, London, 1986". British History Online.
  4. ^ Moskowitz 2010, p. 82