St Thomas, Southwark

The Hospital of St Thomas in Southwark (“70” on Wyngaerde panorama of 1543) was originally founded by Richard, Prior of Bermondsey, sometime around the turn of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries.  The foundation was suppressed during the Dissolution of the Monasteries in the early sixteenth century.  However, the hospital  buildings, which had come to be owned by the citizens of London, remained in use for the accommodation of “poor, impotent,  lame and diseased people”, and the chapel, as a parish church  (Stow, “Survey of London”). 

The hospital survived the Great Fire of London in 1666, and the Great Fire of Southwark in 1676, but was  nonetheless rebuilt, by  Wren’s master mason, Cartwright,  in 1702.   It was subsequently substantially demolished, and its  facilities relocated to Lambeth, in 1865.    Only the church building remained.

It currently houses the  Old Operating Theatre Museum …

… and Herb Garret).

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