Hammersmith Hospital

Hospital in/near East Acton, existing between 1902 and now

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Hammersmith Hospital, formerly the Military Orthopaedic Hospital, and later the Special Surgical Hospital, is a major teaching hospital in west London.

Its origins begin in 1902, when the Hammersmith Poor Law Guardians decided to erect a new workhouse and infirmary on a 14-acre site at the north side of Du Cane Road somewhat to the north of Shepherd’s Bush. The land, adjacent to Wormwood Scrubs Prison, was purchased for £14,500 from the Ecclesiastical Commissioners. A temporary corrugated iron building was erected on the site in 1902 to provide care for victims of a smallpox epidemic that had taken place in the winter of 1901-2. The buildings were designed by the firm of Giles, Gough and Trollope. The infirmary occupied the front part of the site with a central administrative building flanked by pavilion ward blocks linked by a single storey corridor running east-west. A laundry, boiler-house and workshops lay at the centre of the site.

In 1916, the patients and inmates were moved to other establishments and the site was taken over by the War Office for use as the Military Orthopaedic Hospital, to care for wounded soldiers, largely thanks to the efforts of the noted surgeon Robert Jones. In 1916 the Joint War Committee awarded the hospital the sum of £1,000 to begin its work, soon followed in 1918 by a further grant of £10,000. The hospital was also supported by donations from the public. Part of the rehabilitation process involved putting the recovering patients to work in local shops, a policy which does not appear to have been entirely popular among the soldiers themselves.

Later it was renamed the Special Surgical Hospital, and in 1919 became the Ministry of Pensions Hospital. In 1926, after the end of the Great War, demands by the Hammersmith Guardians for return of their property finally succeeded and the site became Hammersmith Hospital. By 1930, the infirmary could accommodate 300 patients. Roger Daltrey was born there in 1944.

Until 1997 it was the home of the Royal Postgraduate Medical School, which then became part of Imperial College. The hospital continues to be a major centre of postgraduate medical study as part of the UK’s first academic health science centre. The Medical Research Council (MRC) also has a major presence at Hammersmith Hospital providing a strong foundation for clinical and scientific research, with extensive research and development of imaging techniques.

Hammersmith Hospital is internationally renowned for clinical research. Its clinical reputation was built on the treatment of medical conditions notably of the heart and kidney, and now includes an angioplasty suite, a cancer centre, a leukaemia wing (The Catherine Lewis Centre)
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East Acton

East Acton is an area in west London.

Anciently, East Acton and Acton developed as separate settlements and the nearby districts of North Acton, West Acton and South Acton were developed in the late nineteenth century.

East Acton, largely separated from London by Wormwood Scrubs developed later and was mainly agricultural until after the arrival of the underground railway.

East Acton station opened in 1920 on the Ealing Broadway extension of the Central London Railway (CLR), which was renamed the Central line in 1937.

The new line was built with connections to the West London Line near Shepherd’s Bush, the former GWR main line to Birmingham at North Acton, and the main line to Bristol at Ealing Broadway.

Since the CLR was exclusively a passenger service, two extra dedicated tracks for the GWR’s freight trains were opened in 1938, but were closed in 1964. The trackbed of these rails is now overgrown, with vegetation visible immediately to the north of the station.

East Acton was mentioned frequently in the classic 1950s radio comedy series the Goon Show, as the Goons used to rehearse in a room over a greengrocers in East Acton.


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Burlington Danes Academy:   Burlington Danes Academy is a Church of England non-selective, co-educational secondary school within the English academy programme, located on a 10-acre site.
East Acton:   East Acton is an area in west London.


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East Acton station:   View of East Acton Central line station in 1920, the year in which it opened, showing the wooden platforms.


NEARBY STREETS AND BUILDINGS ON THE UNDERGROUND MAP
A4000, NW10 · Acacia Road, W3 · Acton Cemetery (bridge over railway), W3 · Acton Cemetery, W3 · Acton High Street, W3 · Acton Hill Mews, W3 · Acton Park Industrial Estate The Vale, W3 · Acton Park Industrial Estate, W3 · Adelaide Grove, W12 · Agnes Road, W3 · Aldbourne Road, W12 · Aldbourne Road, W3 · Alfred Road, W3 · Allied Way, W3 · Allison Road, W3 · Anderson Close, W3 · Armstrong Road, W3 · Artillery Lane, W12 · Ashchurch Grove, W12 · Ashchurch Park Villas, W12 · Ashchurch Terrace, W12 · Ashfield Road, W3 · Askew Crescent, W12 · Askew Road, W12 · Askham Court, W12 · Australia Road, W12 · Aycliffe Road, W12 · Aylmer Road, W12 · Baldwyn Gardens, W3 · Banstead Court, W12 · Bassein Park Road, W12 · Batson Street, W12 · Becklow Road, W12 · Beech Avenue, W3 · Beechwood Grove, W3 · Bentworth Road, W12 · Binden Road, W12 · Birkbeck Avenue, W3 · Birkbeck Road, W3 · Boscombe Road, W12 · Bowes Road, W3 · Brading Terrace, W12 · Bramble Gardens, W12 · Brassie Avenue, W3 · Braybrook Street, W12 · Broad Passage, W3 · Bromyard Avenue, W3 · Brougham Road, W3 · Brunel Road, W3 · Bryony Road, W12 · Burlington Gardens, W3 · Canham Mews, W3 · Canham Road, W3 · Canterbury Court, W3 · Carlisle Avenue, W3 · Cathnor Road, W12 · Centre Avenue, W3 · Chaucer Road, W3 · Churchfield Road, W3 · Clematis Street, W12 · Clifton Avenue, W12 · Cobbold Mews, W12 · Cobbold Road, W12 · Cobbold Road, W3 · Collingbourne Road, W12 · Commonwealth Avenue, W12 · Concord Road Western Avenue, W3 · Coningham Mews, W12 · Conway Grove, W3 · Cosmur Close, W12 · Cotton Avenue, W3 · Cowley Road, W3 · Cowper Road, W3 · Crane Avenue, W3 · Creighton Close, W12 · Cromwell Close, W3 · Cumberland Park, W3 · Cumberland Road, W3 · Curricle Street, W3 · Curtis Drive, W3 · Curwen Road, W12 · Daffodil Street, W12 · Davis Road, W3 · Davisville Road, W12 · Derwentwater Road, W3 · Dordrecht Road, W3 · Du Cane Road, W12 · Du Cane Road, W3 · Du Cros Road, W3 · Duncan Grove, W3 · East Acton Arcade, W3 · East Acton Lane, W3 · East Churchfield Road, W3 · East Vale, W3 · Eastbourne Avenue, W3 · Eastman Road, W3 · Edans Court, W12 · Elgin Avenue, W12 · Elgin Close, W12 · Elizabeth Gardens, W3 · Ellingham Road, W12 · Emanuel Avenue, W3 · Emlyn Road, W12 · Erconwald Street, W12 · Erica Street, W12 · Essex Park Mews, W3 · Faraday Road, W3 · Ferguson Drive, W3 · Findon Road, W12 · First Avenue, W3 · Fitzneal Street, W3 · Flanchford Road, W12 · Flanchford Road, W6 · Foliot Street, W12 · Foster Road, W3 · Foxglove Street, W12 · Friars Place Lane, W3 · Friars Way, W3 · Friary Road, W3 · Gayford Road, W12 · Gibbon Road, W3 · Glenduin Road, W3 · Goldsmith Avenue, W3 · Goldsmiths Close, W3 · Goodwin Road, W12 · Grafton Road, W3 · Greenside Road, W12 · Grove Place, W3 · Grove Road, W3 · Hadyn Park Road, W12 · Hartswood Road, W12 · Havelock Close, W12 · Heathstan Road, W12 · Hemlock Road, W12 · Hemlock Road, W3 · Henchman Street, W12 · High Street, W3 · Highlands Avenue, W3 · Hilary Road, W12 · Horn Lane, W3 · Hoylake Road, W3 · Hudson Close, W12 · India Way, W12 · Jeddo Road, W12 · Jenner Avenue, W3 · Joseph Avenue, W3 · Joslings Close, W12 · Keith Grove, W12 · Kelmscott Gardens, W12 · Kingsdown Avenue, W3 · Landor Walk, W12 · Larch Avenue, W3 · Larden Road, W3 · Lawrence Close, W12 · Leamington Park, W3 · Lilac Street, W12 · Locarno Road, W3 · Long Drive, W3 · Mackenzie Close, W12 · Maldon Road, W3 · Mansell Road, W3 · Maple Avenue, W3 · Market Place, W3 · Mashie Road, W3 · Mayfield Road, W12 · Melina Road, W12 · Mellitus Street, W12 · Messaline Avenue, W3 · Milfoil Street, W12 · Milton Road, W3 · Muirfield, W3 · Multi Way, W3 · Myrtle Road, W3 · Namco House Acton Park Industrial Estate, W3 · Newburgh Road, W3 · Norbroke Street, W12 · Oak Way, W3 · Oaklands Grove, W12 · Old Oak Common Lane, W3 · Old Oak Road, W12 · Old Oak Road, W3 · Oldham Terrace, W3 · Orchid Street, W12 · Ormiston Grove, W12 · Osmund Street, W12 · Palgrave Road, W12 · Park Place, W3 · Park Royal Road, NW10 · Park Royal Road, W3 · Parnell Close, W12 · Percy Road, W12 · Perry Avenue, W3 · Perryn Road, W3 · Pioneer Way, W12 · Portal Way, W3 · Prideaux Place, W3 · Primula Street, W12 · Rosebank Way, W3 · Rylett Crescent, W12 · Rylett Road, W12 · Saint Andrews Road, W3 · Sawley Road, W12 · Seacole Close, W3 · Second Avenue, W3 · Sedgeford Road, W12 · Shaa Road, W3 · Shakespeare Road, W3 · Shopping Precinct, W3 · Simpson Drive, W3 · Sir Alexander Close, W3 · Sparks Close, W3 · Spencer Road, W3 · St Andrews Road, W3 · St Dunstans Avenue, W3 · St Elmo Road, W12 · St. Andrews Road, W3 · St. Dunstans Avenue, W3 · Stanley Gardens, W3 · Stanley Road, W4 · Starfield Road, W12 · Steventon Road, W12 · Stokesley Street, W12 · Strelley Way, W3 · Stronsa Road, W12 · Stuart Road, W3 · Summerlands Avenue, W3 · Sundew Avenue, W12 · Sunningdale Avenue, W3 · Swainson Road, W3 · Sycamore Close, W3 · Tamarisk Square, W12 · Taylors Green, W3 · Telford Way, W3 · Templemead Close, W3 · The Approach, W3 · The Crescent, W3 · The Curve, W12 · The Drive, W3 · The Fairway, W3 · The Green, W3 · The Plaza, W3 · The Tee, W3 · The Vale Acton, W3 · The Vale, W3 · Third Avenue, W3 · Trinity Way, W3 · Vale Grove, W3 · Valetta Road, W12 · Valetta Road, W3 · Vespan Road, W12 · Victoria Industrial Estate, W3 · Victoria Road, W3 · Vyner Road, W3 · Wales Farm Road, W3 · Wallflower Street, W12 · Warple Mews, W3 · Warple Way, W3 · Wendell Road, W12 · West Bridge Close, W12 · West Hill, W12 · West Quarters, W12 · Westbourne Avenue, W3 · Western Avenue, W3 · Western Court, W3 · Westville Road, W12 · Westway, W12 · Willow Vale, W12 · Woodhurst Road, W3 · Woodlands Avenue, W3 · Woodmans Mews, W12 · Wormholt Road, W12 · Wulfstan Street, W12 · Yew Tree Road, W12 · York Road, W3 ·


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Inner West London (1932) FREE DOWNLOAD
1930s map covering East Acton, Holland Park, Kensington, Notting Hill, Olympia, Shepherds Bush and Westbourne Park,
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John Rocque Map of Ealing and Acton (1762)
John Rocque (c. 1709–1762) was a surveyor, cartographer, engraver, map-seller and the son of Huguenot émigrés. Roque is now mainly remembered for his maps of London. This map dates from the second edition produced in 1762. London and his other maps brought him an appointment as cartographer to the Prince of Wales in 1751. His widow continued the business after his death. The map covers an area from Greenford in the northwest to Hammersmith in the southeast.
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Environs of London (1832) FREE DOWNLOAD
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London Underground Map (1921).  FREE DOWNLOAD
London Underground map from 1921.
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The Environs of London (1865).  FREE DOWNLOAD
Prime meridian replaced with "Miles from the General Post Office." Relief shown by hachures. Map printed in black and white.
Published By J. H. Colton. No. 172 William St. New York

London Underground Map (1908).  FREE DOWNLOAD
London Underground map from 1908.
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Ordnance Survey of the London region (1939) FREE DOWNLOAD
Ordnance Survey colour map of the environs of London 1:10,560 scale
Ordnance Survey. Crown Copyright 1939.

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Stanford's Geographical Establishment. London : Edward Stanford, 26 & 27, Cockspur St., Charing Cross, S.W. (1901)
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