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Bethleham Hospital 1&2

Categories: Medicine

Building

A priory for the Order of the Star of Bethlehem, built in 1247 on Bishopsgate at Liverpool Street, started admitting mental patients in 1357. This was probably the world's first institution to specialise in mental illness. It developed into a horrible place, known as Bedlam, dedicated to the commitment of the insane. In 1676 it moved to the London Wall site and it was this building that was adorned with the Cibber statues of Raving and Melancholy Madness. In 1815 Bedlam moved to the St George's Fields site (at that time owned by the City of London) in Southwark and, when in 1930 it moved out to a site near Beckenham, the Southwark buildings became the Imperial War Museum.

This section lists the memorials where the subject on this page is commemorated:
Bethleham Hospital 1&2

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Bethlehem Hospital - first

Site of the first Bethlehem Hospital 1247 - 1676. The Corporation of the City...

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Bethlehem Hospital - second

Site of the second Bethlehem Hospital, 1676 -1815. The Corporation of the Cit...

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Gift from Lord Rothermere

This plaque was unveiled a second time, during the 75th anniversary celebrati...

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Harmsworth - IWM

In 1926 Harold Harmsworth, the first Viscount Rothermere, bought the grounds ...

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Other Subjects

John Nicoll

John Nicoll

Treasurer associated with St Bartholomew's Hospital in 1702.

Person, Medicine, Politics & Administration

1 memorial
Dr Alfred Salter

Dr Alfred Salter

Doctor and politician. Born at 23 South Street, Greenwich. Following his Quaker principles, he gave up a potentially brilliant medical career in order to tend the sick and needy in Bermondsey. He a...

Person, Medicine, Politics & Administration

7 memorials
Sir James MacKenzie

Sir James MacKenzie

Physician and cardiologist. Our picture source gives a biography of this man. He was born on 12 April 1853, the third of the seven children of Robert MacKenzie (1816-1898) and Jean Campbell MacKen...

Person, Medicine, Scotland

1 memorial
William Harvey

William Harvey

Born at Folkestone, Kent. Discovered and proved the circulation of the blood.

Person, Medicine

2 memorials
Old Operating Theatre

Old Operating Theatre

It was a conversion of part of the garret of St Thomas's Church in 1822. The odd location is explained by the fact that it abutted the female surgical ward of St Thomas's. The hospital began to mov...

Place, Medicine

1 memorial