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St Georges Circus

Posted: Wed Mar 01, 2017 4:25 pm
by fosney
St Geroges Circus--- Royal Eye Hospital


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Once again, drifting over the border of Bermondsey, but a place I think we will all have known or perhaps been a patient there at one time or another.
Opened in 1857 with just 2 beds, it was known as the South London Ophthalmic Hospital, enlarged in 1860 the name was then changed to The Surrey Ophthalmic Hospital. It was given the title 'Royal' in 1869 and enlarged again in 1882 when it became known as the Royal Eye Hospital. It became part of the NHS in 1948 and contined as a hospital till the 1980s when it was closed to patients and was taken over by the Lambeth, Southwark, and Lewisham Health Authority. Later, on becoming derelict, it was demolished and replaced by McLaren House the Hall of Residence for London South Bank University housing some 600 students.
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