The Hospital of Bethlem [Bedlam], St. George's Fields, Lambeth: the entrance facade (above), and plans (below), with separate keys to male and female sides, and a scale of feet. Engraving by Roffe after P. Hardwick.

  • Hardwick, Philip, 1792-1870.
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This is the third building of Bethlem Hospital, built 1811-15 when the Hospital removed from Moorfields to St George's Fields, Southwark. All now [1996] demolished but the central portion, which houses the Imperial War Museum



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1 print : engraving ; image and border 40.6 x 57.7 cm


Plan and elevation of the Royal Hospital of Bethlem, London. ; for the reception of two hundred poor lunatics, the Hospital was founded by King Henry the 8th. The new building was began in 1811, and was finished in 1815. Sir Richard Carr Glyn, Bart. & Alderman of the City of London, President. ; Richard Clark, Esq. Chamberlain of the City of London, Treasurer. James Lewis Esq. Architect. ; Philip Hardwicke del. ; Roffe sculpt. Kenton Street, Brunswick Square.

References note

Not in B. Adams, London illustrated, London, 1983


Wellcome Collection 24886i

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Hardwick was appointed architect to Bethlem Hopital in 1816. The previous incumbent, James Lewis resigned in 1817 due to ill-health. This print may represent Hardwick's first survey of Lewis's newly built structure



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