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Thomas Guy

Person  Male  Born 1644  Died 27/12/1724

Founder of Guy's Hospital. Born 7 Pritchard's Alley, Fair Street, Horsleydown. This is now the section of Tower Bridge Road between London City Mission and Tower Bridge Primary School. A bookseller, in 1668 he bought a newly-built shop in Lombard Street, at the junction with Cornhill.  Both streets used to extend further westwards and met almost in front of the Mansion House.

Made his fortune in the 'South Sea bubble', 1720. He was a governor of St Thomas' Hospital and in 1721 he began to build another hospital, opposite, which was completed about the time of his death, Guy's Hospital. He died at home which seems still to have been the shop that he bought before he made his fortune, but he did have a reputation for being tight-fisted. Never having married he left much of his estate to Guy's Hospital.

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Thomas Guy

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50898

CI - 8 - Books

This carving depicts the two Brontë sisters meeting Thackeray, but rather fai...

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49001

Guy's Hospital

In the photo the memorial is partly hidden by the rubbish bin.

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72977

Keats House at Guy's - bust 2 - Thomas Guy?

We are not certain of the identification.

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49002

Queen Mother visits Guy's

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother unveiled this stone to commemora...

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52612

Thomas Guy birthplace

Our Latin consultant, David Hopkins, writes: The full sentence, from Acts 20:...

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