Wanstead Hospital (also known as Merchant Seamen's Orphan Asylum, Clock Court)9254

Greater London, England, Greater London

Brief Description

The hospital eventually closed in 1986 and in c.2000 the gothic buildings were largely converted into flats, a scheme named Clock Court after the hospital's prominent tower. The hospital once had well laid out flowerbeds but there is little evidence of the gardens as part was lost when the hospital site was developed. The old Asylum fronts onto Hermon Hill between Makepiece Road and Victory Road, and the site is surrounded by a red brick wall.

History

Wanstead Hospital was built as the Merchant Seamen's Orphan Asylum in 1861 in an elaborate pseudo-Venetian style. The Asylum buildings were extended over the years and by 1883 housed 270 orphans but in 1920 it moved to Bearwood. It was purchased for a hospital in 1938 by Essex County Council and in 1948 became Wanstead Hospital when it joined the new NHS.

Visitor Facilities

The site is in private ownership, but access appears unrestricted.
Access & Directions

Access Contact Details

The site is in private ownership, but access appears unrestricted.

Directions

Tube: Snaresbrook (Central). Bus: W13
History

Period

  • Mid 19th Century
References

Contributors

  • London Parks and Gardens Trust