New End Hospital

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New End Hospital was a hospital in Hampstead, north London. It was founded in 1800 as a poor house, and operated until 1986. The buildings have now been redeveloped as housing.


New End Hospital was founded in 1800 by the Hampstead Board of Guardians, originally as a poor house, and was rebuilt in 1845.[1]

Until the outbreak of World War I, New End Hospital's patients included the unemployed, homeless, and unmarried mothers, and their children. It also had an infirmary for the treatment of psychiatric patients. During the World War I New End Hospital was primarily used for the treatment of wounded and shell-shocked soldiers.

The hospital was taken over by the London County Council in 1930, and became well known as a centre for endocrinology. It remained in use until 1986, when it was sold, and the proceeds used to fund the redevelopment of Queen Mary's Maternity Home.

The former hospital mortuary became the New End Theatre before closing in 2011. The mortuary was formerly linked to the hospital across the road by a tunnel.

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Coordinates: 51°33′30″N 0°10′40″W / 51.55833°N 0.17778°W / 51.55833; -0.17778