A view of a children's open-air ward on the roof of the nurses' home at Cheyne Hospital for Children

15 Jun 1939
Cheyne Hospital For Children, Cheyne Walk, Kensington And Chelsea, Greater London Authority, SW10
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Cheyne Hospital For Sick And Incurable Children, 46-47 Cheyne Walk, Chelsea, Kensington And Chelsea, Greater London Authority, SW3
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The original caption may contain language which is historic and which may no longer be considered appropriate. It has been retained in the record in the interest of historical accuracy.

The caption on the reverse of the photograph reads: “Nurses help to pay for their new home (Pictures taken at Cheyne Hospital for Children, Chelsea). The roof of the new Nurses’ Home is used as an open-air ward.”

The Cheyne Hospital for Sick and Incurable Children, later the Cheyne Hospital for Children, was founded in 1875. Having previously been housed in rooms of three, the nurses were determined to raise funds for the purchase of new premises. The new hospital wing cost £5,000, and between December 1938 and July 1939, the nurses had raised £125 towards this. They raised money through various methods: cleaning colleagues’ shoes, making fudge and coconut ice, providing laundry and housekeeping services for friends, and running a small shop; the matron charged small fines “for all sorts of things”, including bad language. As well as accommodation for the nurses, the new hospital wing provided a “large sunshine roof” for child patients. See also MED01/01/0441-0449. High-resolution copies of this image are available for free for non-commercial use. Please Enquire to place an order.


This is part of the Series: MED01/01 Series of prints; within the Collection: MED01 The Medical Collection


Source: Historic England Archive

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Photographer: Topical Press Agency Limited

Photographer: Harrison, Norman Kingsley


Childrens Hospital, Open Air Ward Block, Nurses Hostel, Health And Welfare, Roofscape