Royal Northern Hospital

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Royal Northern Hospital
Great Northern Central Hospital, Holloway Road, London; fron Wellcome V0028903.jpg
Royal Northern Hospital
Royal Northern Hospital is located in London Borough of Islington
Royal Northern Hospital
Location within Islington
LocationHolloway Road, London, England, United Kingdom
Coordinates51°33′39″N 0°07′23″W / 51.5608°N 0.1230°W / 51.5608; -0.1230Coordinates: 51°33′39″N 0°07′23″W / 51.5608°N 0.1230°W / 51.5608; -0.1230
Care systemNHS England
ListsHospitals in England

The Royal Northern Hospital was a general hospital on Holloway Road, London N7, near Tollington Way. It had inpatient, outpatient, accident and emergency facilities and was also a centre for postgraduate education.


Floor plan in 1893
A ward in 1912

The hospital was founded as an independent and voluntary hospital by Dr. Sherard Freeman Statham, a surgeon, at York Way near King's Cross in 1856.[1] It merged with the Spinal Hospital at Portland Road in 1862 but demerged again when it moved to Holloway Road as the Great Northern Central Hospital in 1888.[1] It became the Great Northern Hospital in 1911.[1]

The hospital received a royal charter on amalgamation with the Royal Chest Hospital in 1921.[1] The casualty department was built using public subscription. The foundations to the new casualty department was laid by Lady Patricia Ramsay in July 1923, and the new building was opened by the Prince of Wales on 27 November 1923.[2] The hospital joined the National Health Service in 1948.[1]

Following the reorganisation of the NHS facilities in North London whereby services were transferred to the Royal Free Hospital, University College Hospital and the Whittington Hospital, the hospital closed in 1992.[3]

The hospital was demolished in the mid-1990s to make way to a block of flats; the demolition was delayed when a body was found.[4] The body was later confirmed as Michelle Folan, who disappeared in 1981. Her husband, Patrick Folan, was convicted of her murder in 2001.[5]

Royal Northern Gardens[edit]

The Royal Northern Gardens are located on the site of the former casualty department of the Royal Northern Hospital.[1]

Notable staff[edit]

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  1. ^ a b c d e f "Royal Northern Hospital". Lost Hospitals of London. Retrieved 7 July 2018.
  2. ^ "Islington War Memorial, Islington". British listed buildings. Retrieved 16 March 2013.
  3. ^ Sharma, Om P. (December 1999). "A small United Nations". British Medical Journal. 319 (7223): 1468. doi:10.1136/bmj.319.7223.1468. ISSN 0959-8138. PMC 1117202. PMID 10582928.
  4. ^ "Skeleton could be missing mother". BBC News. 30 June 1999. Retrieved 2010-07-21.
  5. ^ ‘Concrete coffin’ case appeal fails Camden New Journal, 10 April 2003. Retrieved 20 July 2013.
  6. ^ UK & Ireland, Medical Directories, 1845-1942 for Cecil Willett Cunnington - The Medical Directory (1942) pg. 68 - (subscription required)
  7. ^ UK & Ireland, Medical Directories, 1845-1942 for Phillis Emily Cunnington - The Medical Directory (1942) pg. 69 - (subscription required)