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Royal Northern Hospital BL08707

ROYAL NORTHERN HOSPITAL, Holloway Road, Holloway, Islington, Greater London. Interior of the out-patients waiting room, showing poeple waiting to be seen. Photographed by Bedford Lemere for Lord Ashburton in 1888

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> Historic England > The way we were > Healthcare > Before the NHS

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EDITORS COMMENTS
This photograph, captured by the talented Bedford Lemere in 1888, offers a rare glimpse into the interior of Royal Northern Hospital's out-patients waiting room. Stepping back in time to Victorian London, we find ourselves immersed in a scene bustling with anticipation and hope. The room is filled with people from all walks of life patiently awaiting their turn to be seen by medical professionals. The image showcases the architectural grandeur of this historic hospital located on Holloway Road in Islington, Greater London. Ornate pillars line the spacious room, while large windows allow natural light to filter through, casting an ethereal glow upon those gathered within. The attention to detail is evident as every element seems meticulously arranged - from the intricately patterned tiles adorning the floor to the comfortable seating provided for patients. In this snapshot frozen in time, we witness a diverse cross-section of society united by their shared vulnerability and need for medical care. Men and women dressed in typical Victorian attire fill every available seat; some appear deep in thought or conversation while others quietly read newspapers or clutch onto loved ones for support. Bedford Lemere's lens captures not only a moment but also an era defined by its unique blend of progress and tradition. This photograph serves as a poignant reminder of our collective journey towards better healthcare provision throughout history – one that continues today thanks to institutions like Royal Northern Hospital standing tall as symbols of compassion and healing within our communities.

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