Hospitals in the port
|The East London Hospital for Children|
The Shadwell Hospital for Women and Children
The East London Hospital for Children and Dispensary for Women was the creation of two tireless philanthropists. Dr Nathaniel Heckford and his wife Sarah had been appalled by their experiences in Wapping during the 1866 cholera outbreak.
In January 1868, they opened the Shadwell Hospital for Women and Children in a converted warehouse at Ratcliff Cross. The Heckfords threw everything into the founding and the running of the hospital. Nathaniel died in 1871, aged only 29.
The East London Hospital
Dickens' two articles about the hospital helped secure powerful friends.
The hospital continued to prosper. In 1887 a new Memorial Wing was added to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria.
In 1932 it was renamed the Princess Elizabeth of York Hospital for Children. In 1942 it became part of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital for Children. It closed in April 1963 and the building was later demolished.