St Mary Abbot's Hospital, Marloes Road, Kensington, London W8 5LQ, operated from 1871 to 1992. Although closed as a hospital, it still has an Ear Nose and Throat department specifically dealing with hearing aids.
From 1846 to 1869 the site housed the Kensington Parish Workhouse. The architect Alfred Williams (1832–1922) was given the commission for the buildings.
The hospital was badly bombed in the second world war in 1940 which resulted in an open bomb site within the hospital grounds. Four people were killed and a block destroyed. In 1944 a V-1 flying bomb scored a direct hit. The south end of the 1847 main block, Stone Hall, and 1871 infirmary were destroyed. Five nurses, six children and seven adult patients died. The other 33 casualties were transferred to St George's Hospital in Hyde Park Corner and the remainder of the patients evacuated. The hospital gradually opened, and was still carrying out repairs during its transfer into the National Health Service in 1948.
1950s to 1990s
The hospital had both medical and surgical wards. The medical wards held forty beds and included dementia patients. The grounds had two nurses homes: one for the incoming trainees and one for nurses who had completed the three month preliminary training and a nurses training school. There were operating suites a laboratory with area for postmortems, emergency dept and out patients. There was an administration building which also held doctors quarters. Everything was spread out over quite a large area. The hospital's school of Midwifery was also in the grounds.. Jimi Hendrix died at St Mary Abbot's on September 18, 1970.
The area has been rebuilt as luxury apartments, in a gated community known as Stone Hall Gardens. Some of the original 1847 main building survives.