|London Temperance Hospital, Hampstead Road, 2008, Ravish London|
London Temperance Hospital|
The London Temperance Hospital was founded as a concept in 1873, as part of a movement which believed that the use of alcohol in hospital treatments was impairing patients' recovery.
The London Temperance Hospital operated to discourage but not outlaw the use of alcohol to treat patients. Its first Board of Management was composed of 12 abstainers.
The original London Temperance Hospital was based in Gower Street. A larger building was completed for new premises on Hampstead Road in 1875. The hospital was in operation for about one hundred years and in the middle of the twentieth century was renamed the National Temperance Hospital.
The building is now derelict, and if you take a look at the back side of the building from St James Gardens you will see that some of its windows have been smashed in, most probably by vandals.
A few years ago the building was purchased by the Medical Research Council who planned to use it to house an existing virus and infection research centre. The Medical Research Council have since switched their focus to Brill Place in neighbouring Somers Town, which means the future of this building is uncertain.
In July 2008 an article appeared in the Camden New Journal, indicating that Council Planners had identified the hospital as a potential site for social housing. According to the paper "The MRC... had reacted angrily to suggestions from council planners that the site is suitable to be turned into new homes." The MRC aimed to hold on to the Temperance Hospital as a fall back option for the relocation of the UK Centre for Medical research and Innovation, what the Camden New Journal has termed, "a 500 million pound "superlab" researching cancer and infectious diseases".
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