East London Hospital for Children

East London Hospital for Children in Shadwell. London. Henry and Charles Legg. 1877. Inscribed “FW” lower left.Source: Internet Archive web version of Illustrated London News (12 May 1877): 444. Click on image to enlarge it.

“The new building for this institution, at Shadwell, was opened on Wednesday week by her Royal Highness the Duchess of Teck. Our Illustration gives a view of this building, which has been erected from the designs and under the superintendence of the architects, Messrs. Henry and Charles Legg, of Bedford-row. The institution combines the two objects of an hospital for children and dispensary for women. It was founded by Dr. N. Heckford, in a warehouse at Radcliffe cross, on Jan 28,1868. A tablet in the new hospital declares that he he was born in Calcutta, April, 1842; died Dec. 14, 1871, aged twenty-nine. He lived for the institution, and died a few days after the site of this building was purchased." The new structure, with the price of the land, has cost between £14,000 and £15,000, and another wing has yet to be constructed; when finished, there will be a total of 180 beds. Since the establishment of the hospital it has had no less than between 50,000 and 60,000 patients—women and children. These were administered to at an annual expenditure of £3000, but the extended agency of the charity will entail an additional expenditure of £1500, making £4500 yearly.” — Illustrated London News

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