We recently visited the ‘treasures’ of St Charles Hospital. Most of us, as we go into the hospital for a routine blood test or an x-ray or perhaps to attend an activity at the Second Half Centre, are unaware that above the entrance arch is a large former chapel, decorated with colourful Victorian tiles and painted religious texts. Apparently the Nightingale nurses who trained at the Hospital in its early days as Marylebone Infirmary were required to attend every day.
For many years the room was used as a store room until painters rediscovered the decoration. Originally there were stained glass windows but they were removed to put into the small chapel which was more appropriate for the Hospital’s requirements (now this is closed as well).
The other interesting space we visited is the former Laundry, now the Gym on the 3rd Floor with the imposing Tower containing the water tank rising from one end.
St Charles Hospital was listed – Grade II – in 1995.
Photos below by Dave Hucker
For more about the history of the building that started life as an Infirmary for Marylebone Workhouse, see the following website: