Royal Free Hospital

Hospital in/near South End Green, existing between 1975 and now

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Hospital · South End Green · NW3 ·
September
11
2015

Since 1975, the Royal Free Hospital has been located in Hampstead.

The Royal Free Hospital was founded in 1828 by the surgeon William Marsden to provide, as its name indicates, free care to those of little means. It is said that one evening, Marsden found a young girl in the churchyard of St. Andrew’s Church, Holborn, suffering from hypothermia, and sought help for her from one of the nearby hospitals. However, none would take the girl in, and she died in agony in Marsden’s arms.

After this experience Marsden set up a small dispensary at 16 Greville Street, Holborn, called the London General Institution for the Gratuitous Care of Malignant Diseases.

A royal charter was granted by Queen Victoria in 1837 after a cholera epidemic in which the hospital had extended care to many victims. As demand for in-patient facilities increased, it was constituted as the Royal Free Hospital, and moved to Gray’s Inn Road in the 1840s. Another building in Liverpool Road, Islington, was used as an isolation hospital. Marsden also founded the Free Cancer Hospital in Westminster in 1851, renamed The Royal Marsden Hospital in 1954.

In 1975 the Royal Free facilities at Islington and Holborn were combined and moved to the current 12-storey cruciform tower block, built on the site of the former Hampstead Hospital.

The hospital houses part of the UCL Medical School and its associated medical research facilities. The London School of Medicine for Women, since August 1998 a part of the UCL Medical School, was the first to train female doctors in the United Kingdom; the Royal Free Hospital was the first teaching hospital in London to admit women for training.

Significant advances in the fields of liver medicine (hepatology) and transplantation; renal disease and dialysis; haematology and haemophilia have been made at the Royal Free, and the trust now treats all patients needing dialysis in north and central London. The professorial department of liver medicine is recognised as one of the leading research units of its type in the world.


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Lived here
Cassandra Green   
Added: 11 Sep 2020 14:34 GMT   

Rudall Crescent, NW3 (- 1999)
I lived at 2 Rudall Crescent until myself and my family moved out in 1999. I once met a lady in a art fair up the road who was selling old photos of the area and was very knowledgeable about the area history, collecting photos over the years. She told me that before the current houses were built, there was a large manor house , enclosed by a large area of land. She told me there had been a fire there. Im trying to piece together the story and find out what was on the land before the crescent was built. This website is very interesting.

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James Preston   
Added: 28 Apr 2021 09:06 GMT   

School
Was this the location of Rosslyn House prep school? I have a photograph of the Rosslyn House cricket team dated 1910 which features my grandfather (Alan Westbury Preston). He would have been 12 years old at the time. All the boys on the photo have been named. If this is the location of the school then it appears that the date of demolition is incorrect.

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Graham Margetson   
Added: 9 Feb 2021 14:33 GMT   

I lived at 4 Arkwright Road before it was the school
My parents lived at 4 Arkwright Road. Mrs Goodwin actually owned the house and my parents rented rooms from her.


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Bob Land   
Added: 29 Jun 2022 13:20 GMT   

Map legends
Question, I have been looking at quite a few maps dated 1950 and 1900, and there are many abbreviations on the maps, where can I find the lists to unravel these ?

Regards

Bob Land

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Alison   
Added: 26 Jun 2022 18:20 GMT   

On the dole in north London
When I worked at the dole office in Medina Road in the 1980s, "Archway" meant the social security offices which were in Archway Tower at the top of the Holloway Road. By all accounts it was a nightmare location for staff and claimants alike. This was when Margaret Thatcher’s government forced unemployment to rise to over 3 million (to keep wages down) and computerised records where still a thing of the future. Our job went from ensuring that unemployed people got the right sort and amount of benefits at the right time, to stopping as many people as possible from getting any sort of benefit at all. Britain changed irrevocably during this period and has never really recovered. We lost the "all in it together" frame of mind that had been born during the second world war and became the dog-eat-dog society where 1% have 95% of the wealth and many people can’t afford to feed their children. For me, the word Archway symbolises the land of lost content.

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Jack Wilson   
Added: 21 Jun 2022 21:40 GMT   

Penfold Printers
I am seeking the location of Penfold Printers Offices in Dt Albans place - probably about 1870 or so

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Lived here
   
Added: 19 Jun 2022 16:58 GMT   

Runcorn Place, W11
Runcorn place

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Comment
   
Added: 30 May 2022 19:03 GMT   

The Three Magpies
Row of houses (centre) was on Heathrow Rd....Ben’s Cafe shack ( foreground ) and the Three Magpies pub (far right) were on the Bath Rd

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Watts   
Added: 17 May 2022 20:29 GMT   

Baeethoven St School, also an Annex for Paddington College of FE.
In the early 70’s I took a two year science course at Paddington CFE. The science classes were held on weekday evenings at Beethoven Street school, overseen by chemistry teacher, Mr Tattershall.

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Added: 25 Apr 2022 22:11 GMT   

Southover, N12
Everyone knows Central Woodside is the place to be. Ever since kdog moved from finchtown, Woodside has been thriving.

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Born here
Bernard Miller   
Added: 12 Apr 2022 17:36 GMT   

My mother and her sister were born at 9 Windsor Terrace
My mother, Millie Haring (later Miller) and her sister Yetta Haring (later Freedman) were born here in 1922 and 1923. With their parents and older brother and sister, they lived in two rooms until they moved to Stoke Newington in 1929. She always said there were six rooms, six families, a shared sink on the first floor landing and a toilet in the backyard.

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Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel The Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel is a place of worship and a member of the General Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches, the umbrella organisation for British Unitarians.
South End Green South End Green is the focus of a distinct Hampstead community.
St Stephen’s Church St. Stephen’s is a former church building, sited on Rosslyn Hill at its junction with Pond Street, a steep slope adjacent to the Royal Free Hospital.

NEARBY STREETS
Agincourt Road, NW3 Agincourt Road dates from 1881.
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Belsize Avenue, NW3 Belsize Avenue was once the driveway to the former Belsize House.
Belsize Court Garages, NW3 Belsize Court Garages were built by Willett in around 1880 as livery stables.
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Belsize Place, NW3 Belsize Place is a street in Hampstead.
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Byron Mews, NW3 Byron Mews is a street in Hampstead.
Carlingford Road, NW3 Carlingford Road runs between Pilgrim’s Lane and Willoughby Road.
Cayford House, NW3 Residential block
Connaught Mews, NW3 Connaught Mews is a street in Hampstead.
Constantine Road, NW3 Constantine Road was planned as a direct route from Gospel Oak and Kentish Town to South End Green and the heath.
Cressy Road, NW3 Cressy Road was named for a famous English victory by its builder Thomas Gibb.
Daleham Mews, NW3 Daleham Mews is a mews in Belsize Park.
Denning Road, NW3 Denning Road is a street in Hampstead.
Downshire Hill, NW3 Downshire Hill is a street in Hampstead.
Downside Crescent, NW3 Downside Crescent is a street in Hampstead.
Dunboyne Road, NW3 Dunboyne Road is a street in Hampstead.
Ella Mews, NW3 Ella Mews is a street in Hampstead.
Fleet Road, NW3 Fleet Road is a street in Hampstead.
Garnett Road, NW3 Garnett Road is a street in Hampstead.
Glenloch Road, NW3 Glenloch Road is a street in Hampstead.
Glenlock Road, NW3 Glenlock Road is a location in London.
Hampstead Green, NW3 Hampstead Green is a street in Hampstead.
Hampstead Hill Gardens, NW3 Hampstead Hill Gardens is a street in Hampstead.
Heath Hurst Road, NW3 Heath Hurst Road is a street in Hampstead.
Heathgate Place, NW3 Heathgate Place is a street in Hampstead.
Heathgate, NW3 Heathgate is a street in Hampstead.
Hillfield Court, NW3 Hillfield Court serves a prominent art deco residential mansion block of the same name in Belsize Park.
Hillfield Court, NW3 Hillfield Court is a prominent art deco residential mansion block in Belsize Park, in the London Borough of Camden, built in 1934.
Hillfield Mansions, NW3 Hillfield Mansions is a street in Hampstead.
Keats Grove, NW3 John Keats lived in the road and his house is now a museum.
Kemplay Road, NW3 Kemplay Road is a street in Hampstead.
Kingsford Street, NW5 Kingsford Street is a street in Kentish Town.
Lawn Road, NW3 Lawn Road is a street in Hampstead.
Lisburne Road, NW3 Lisburne Road is a street running north from Agincourt Road.
Lowlands, NW3 Lowlands is a street in Hampstead.
Lyndhurst Gardens, NW3 Lyndhurst Gardens is a street in Hampstead.
Mackeson Road, NW3 Mackeson Road probably dates from 1898.
Mansfield Road, NW5 Mansfield Road is a street in Kentish Town.
Marion Mews, NW3 Marion Mews is a road in the SE21 postcode area
Martys Yard, NW3 Martys Yard is a street in Hampstead.
Maryon Mews, NW3 Maryon Mews is a street in Hampstead.
Midland Crescent, NW3 Midland Crescent is a street in Hampstead.
Nassington Road, NW3 Nassington Road is a street in Hampstead.
Ornan Road, NW3 Ornan Road is a street in Hampstead.
Park End, NW3 Park End is a street in Hampstead.
Park Hill Road, NW3 Park Hill Road is a road in the NW3 postcode area
Parkhill Road, NW3 Parkhill Road is a street in Hampstead.
Parkhill Walk, NW3 This is a street in the NW3 postcode area
Perceval Avenue, NW3 Perceval Avenue is a street in Hampstead.
Pilgrim’s Lane, NW3 This is a street in the NW3 postcode area
Pilgrim’s Place, NW3 This is a street in the NW3 postcode area
Pilgrims Place, NW3 Pilgrims Place is a street in Hampstead.
Pond Street, NW3 Pond Street is a street in Hampstead.
Princess Mews, NW3 Princess Mews is a mews of Belsize Park.
Roderick Road, NW3 Roderick Road is a street in Hampstead.
Rosslyn Hill, NW3 Rosslyn Hill is a road connecting the south end of Hampstead High Street to the north end of Haverstock Hill.
Rosslyn Mews, NW3 Rosslyn Mews is a street in Hampstead.
Rowland Hill Street, NW3 Rowland Hill Street is a street in Hampstead.
Shepherd’s Path, NW3 Shepherd?s Path is a street in Hampstead.
Shepherd’s Path, NW3 Shepherd’s Path is a road in the NW3 postcode area
Shepherds Walk, NW3 Shepherds Walk is a street in Hampstead.
South End Close, NW3 South End Close is a street in Hampstead.
South End Road, NW3 South End Road is a street in Hampstead.
South Hill Park, NW3 South Hill Park is a road on the edge of Hampstead Heath.
Southampton Road, NW3 Southampton Road is a street in Hampstead.
St Crispins Close, NW3 St Crispins Close is a street in Hampstead.
St. Crispin’s Close, NW3 St. Crispin?s Close is a street in Hampstead.
Sumpter Close, NW3 Sumpter Close is a street in Hampstead.
Tasker Road, NW3 Tasker Road is a street in Hampstead.
The Old Orchard, NW3 The Old Orchard is a street in Hampstead.
Thurlow Road, NW3 Thurlow Road is a street in Hampstead.
Tower Close, NW3 Tower Close is a location in London.
Tranley Mews, NW3 Tranley Mews is a street in Hampstead.
Tudor Close, NW3 Tudor Close is a street in Hampstead.
Upper Park Road, NW3 Upper Park Road is a street in Hampstead.
Village Close, NW3 Village Close is a location in London.
Wandsworth Place, NW3 Wandsworth Place is a street in Hampstead.
Waterhouse Close, NW3 Waterhouse Close is a street in Hampstead.
Wedderburn Road, NW3 Wedderburn Road is a street in Hampstead.
Willoughby Road, NW3 Willoughby Road is a street in Hampstead.
Wood Field, NW3 Wood Field is a street in Hampstead.
Woodland Walk, NW3 Woodland Walk is a street in Hampstead.
Woodland Walk, NW3 Woodland Walk is a road in the NW6 postcode area

NEARBY PUBS
Freemasons Arms This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
Globe Lawn Tennis Club Bar This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
The Garden Gate This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
The George This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
The Roebuck This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
The Stag This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
The White Horse This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.


South End Green

South End Green is the focus of a distinct Hampstead community.

South End Green has been marked as such on maps since the 18th century, going simultaneously by another name - Pond Street.

The area took more shape along the rough edges of Hampstead Heath in 1835, when the small puddle at the bottom of aptly-named Pond Street was filled in. Much like Parliament Hill on the opposite side of the Heath, the arrival of a tram terminus brought people, shops, roads, homes and large public houses to this once sleepy hamlet by mid-century.


LOCAL PHOTOS
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Swiss Cottage
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South End Green
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Belsize Avenue in Belsize Park
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College Crescent
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Wedderburn Road, NW3
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In the neighbourhood...

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West Country class loco 34010 'Sidmouth' has strayed onto the London Midland region on a special to Wembley Stadium and has been sent onto the Hampstead Junction line to turn. It is seen here at Hampstead Heath station on 15 May 1956.
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South End Green
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View towards Central London from the top of Parliament Hill (2007)
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Belsize Avenue in Belsize Park
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South Hill Park from Hampstead Ponds
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Wedderburn Road, NW3
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Many of the roads around NW3 and NW5 were built with a particular lack of naming imagination. Many an x Mews North matches a near-identical x Mews South
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