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Bethnal Green Workhouse

Formed in 1836 and consisting of Bethnal Green Parish.


Waterloo Road Workhouse
Well Street Workhouse, Hackney closed 1908
Bethnal Green Infirmary, Cambridge Heath Road.
Leystonstone Childrens Home purchased in 1868 and rebuilt in 1881.

Waterloo Road Workhouse
This Bethnal Green Workhouse was erected 1840 from designs by Mr. Bunning, architect.
Further additions were made to the building in 1908.
This workhouse has long since been demolished.

Bethnal Green Infirmary
The Bethnal Green Board of Guardians wished to purchase a site on Cambridge Heath Road in order to erect a new Infirmary. The site had previously been Bishop Hall Farm but was leased in 1811 by William Sotheby to the London Society for promoting Christianity amongst the Jews. It became known as "Palestine Place" and schools and houses soon followed.

The site was purchased by the Guardians in 1895, and the new Infirmary, designed by Messrs Giles, Gough and Trollope was built to accommodate 670 patients. The total cost of the land and buildings was 212,895 with many furnishing being made by the Waterloo Road Workhouse inmates.

The Hospital was opened 5th March 1900 and included a Nurse Training School within the administration block. During the wars the Infirmary was utilised as a Military Hospital

The Hospital closed in 1990 with Staff and Patients being transferred to the new Bancroft Unit at Royal London Hospital.

Leystonstone Childrens Home
purchased in 1868 and rebuilt in 1881.


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