The Royal Sea Bathing Hospital at Margate, which also treated tuberculosis, was founded in 1791. Sea bathing was only suited to the summer months, and internal baths were erected in order that treatment might continue through the winter.

Royal Sea Bathing Hospital, Margate

The United Hospital at Bath was opened in 1826 following a merger of two earlier institutions. A new wing added in 1864 was named the Albert Wing: soon afterwards Queen Victoria bestowed the Royal prefix on the hospital.


Liverpool Royal Infirmary was built in the late 1870s to the design of Alfred Waterhouse, the Liverpool born architect. The National Eye and Ear Infirmary in Dublin was founded in 1814 : it was still functioning in 1885 when it had 26 beds. George Thomas, a Quaker merchant, was the founder of Bristol General Hospital in 1831. Huntingdon County Hospital which closed in 1983 was founded in 1854 out of the earlier Infirmary & Dispensary. Manchester Royal Infirmary traces its origins to 1752.

The Royal Hospital at Haslar, Gosport, was opened for patients in 1753 and is still meeting the health needs of naval personnel.


The Royal Victoria Hospital at Netley, near Southampton, was once the country's largest military hospital. It was completed in 1863 and demolished in 1966.


The Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading opened in 1839 in the imposing building pictured above, now a listed building.


The French Hospital in Rochester, Kent, was incorporated by a charter of George I in 1718 to provide care and support for the Huguenot community. With the hospital no longer required for its original purpose the charity now provides sheltered housing in the city. Essex County Hospital opened in 1820.

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