Building    To 1981

St Benedict's Hospital

Categories: Medicine

Hill House, built in 1802, was the manor house on this site. It was bought by St Joseph's Teaching Brotherhood and they built a Roman Catholic school, St Joseph's Roman Catholic College, in 1887. This moved to Beulah Hill in 1895 and in 1897 the site was taken over by the Wandsworth Board of Guardians to provide extra workhouse accommodation.The College building was enlarged and renamed the Tooting Home for the Aged and Infirm. Hill House became the Nurses' Home. 1903 more patient accommodation was added.

WW1 the Home became the Church Lane Military Hospital (also known as the Tooting Military Hospital) and it was used as a neurological hospital for shell-shocked and neurasthenic ex-servicemen until 1923. It was then empty until 1931 when the LCC reopened it as St Benedict's Hospital for long-stay patients. 1948 it joined the NHS. More patient accommodation was built in 1951.It closed in 1981 and housing now (2016) occupies the site.

All this information from the always excellent Lost Hospitals of London. This 1895 map shows the site with Hill House and the RC College in place.

Our picture source, History of St Benedicts, has other good photos as does Workhouses.

Footnote: Daniel Defoe is said to have lived in Hill House but the authoritative History of Tooting-Graveney: Surrey, 1897, by W. E. Morden is certain that Defoe could never have lived in a house on this site since Hill House was built, 1802, "in the comer of a field under cultivation", after Defoe's death, 1731.

This section lists the memorials where the subject on this page is commemorated:
St Benedict's Hospital

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St Benedict's Hospital - piers

Site of Tooting Military Hospital during World War 1; St Benedict's Hospital ...

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St Benedict's Hospital - turret + portico

This reminds us of that scene at the end of Planet of the Apes.

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French hospital in Bath Street

French hospital in Bath Street

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Building, Medicine, Social Welfare, France

1 memorial
Keith Clifford Hall

Keith Clifford Hall

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Ladywell Mineral Spring

Ladywell Mineral Spring

The medicinal powers of the spring were supposed to help people with poor eyesight. The spring ran dry after the construction of a sewer in the late 19th century. Careful not to confuse this Ladyw...

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1 memorial
Dr Frank Bennett

Dr Frank Bennett

Had a local practice on Kilburn High Road 1916 - 1955. We've found no further information online. Immediately after publishing both Michael John and Andrew Behan contacted us. With thanks to them ...

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1 memorial
Jean-Paul Marat

Jean-Paul Marat

Physician, political theorist, scientist, radical journalist and politician from the French Revolution. Murdered in his bath by Charlotte Corday.

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1 memorial