The History and Antiquities of London, Westminster, Southwark, and Parts Adjacent, vol. 4
St. George's Hospital.
This undertaking was set on fool, in the year , by some gentlemen who had been concerned in a charity of a similar description in , . But the house in which that institution had been carried on, being old and ruinous, it was
|found necessary to remove, when a considerable number, but not the majority, gave the preference to this building, which had been the residence of lord Lanesborough, who died there in , but was then vacant. Having determined upon this spot, and being supported by the medical department, the minority separated from the old institution, and solicited subscriptions for their new establishment, with such zeal, that in less than months, the wings were built and in a condition to receive patients.|
This hospital enjoys a fine situation, and has all the benefit of a clear and pure air. It is a very neat building, and though it is extremely plain, yet is not devoid of ornament. It has small wings, and a large front, with only door, which is in the middle, and to which there is an ascent by a few steps. On the top of this part of the building is a pediment raised above the rest of the edifice; and under this ornament is a stone with an inscription, expressing the noble use to which this structure is applied.
The present building will be taken down, and a new edifice erected a little south of it.
The manor of belongs to the church at ; they were in possession of it as early as the reign of Edward I.; during the temporary alienation of the church lands in the century, it appears to have been the property of sir George Stonehouse.
Returning to , and turning south, we enter the ; and proceeding down , arrive at