St Bartholomew's Hospital

Popularly known as 'Bart's', this is the oldest hospital in London, having been founded in 1123 as part of an Augustinian Priory by Rahere, jester to Henry I, the nearby St Bartholomew the Great was the priory church. After the suppression of the priory, the hospital was re-founded in 1546 by Henry VIII, and has since been often rebuilt and enlarged. The Gatehouse, with London's only statue of Henry VIII dates from 1702; in the Great Hall 1730 - 34, are paintings by Hogarth, Reynolds and Lawrence. St Bartholomew's Hospital is a parish in its own right and the original hospital chapel - St Bartholomew the Less c.1150 is the parish Church.

Its long history, artefacts and historic medical instruments are displayed in the Museum, located in the historic North Wing. Also here are portraits of famous physicians and surgeons by Reynolds, Lawrence, etc., and Hogarth's 'The Good Samaritan' and 'Pool of Bethesda'.

Admission charge to museum.

Telephone: 020 7601 8152/8150

Address: West Smithfield, EC1

Website: St Bartholomews Hospital

Nearby Stations: St Paul's Station, City Thameslink Station, Farringdon Station

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