Archive | November, 2016

Princess Louise Hospital – a community history project

26 Nov

North Kensington Histories

The Hospital on completion in 1928. The entrance to the Hospital on Pangbourne Avenue on completion in 1928.

Princess louise book coverPrincess Louise Kensington, a Hospital’s Story 1924-1989, by John Cannon was published by Kensington & Chelsea Community History Group in 1989. Unfortunately,  the book is now out of print and the hospital has been demolished!

Photos gathered together for a community history project and for the publication of the book have come to light in the North Kensington Community Archive, stored in the RBK&C Local Studies Department. Some of the photos are shown here.

Included also are photographs taken as part of the project when children from a local school visited the hospital to talk to the older people. There was an exhibition at the the hospital in November 1989 showing the history which included the memories of those who remembered using the hospital.

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Welcoming Queen Elizabeth on her Royal Tour of Kensington, 1953

In 1989, elderly patients filled the wards where children had played. In 1989, elderly…

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Princess Louise Hospital – Pangbourne Avenue, North Kensington

26 Nov

I was born here in Novembre 1960, probably just after it became a ‘Maternity’ Hospital, as my mother always described it. At the time we lived in Chepstow Court, Kensington.

North Kensington Histories


Princess Louise Hospital, Kensington, came into existence as a direct result of people recognising a need for medical care among the poor in the parish and taking matters into their own hands. By their hard work and commitment to their cause they managed to achieve their goal and local health and welfare was improved beyond recognition.

In other words, the hospital was built by the people for the people.

Some medical care had been available for the sick and poor in Kensington from the early 1800s, most likely provided by a group of medical and philanthropic people getting together and starting what was called in those days a “dispensary.” This would have been a consulting room or converted building where medical men could attend their patients, give treatments, dispense medicines, and so on. From such small beginnings the Kensington Dispensary opened in 1815 at 13, Holland Street, with an initial…

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Murdoch rag catches on 3 weeks late – and slips into slander

22 Nov

Proud to live in Leeds. 😊



More than 3 weeks ago, the SKWAWKBOX covered Hilary Benn’s abject embarrassment as his CLP (constituency Labour Party) elected a clean sweep of pro-Corbyn members to its ‘officer’ positions at its AGM – and warned that it wouldn’t be long before smears started to emerge similar to the completely-unfounded (and in at least one case, already proven false) allegations against Wallasey and Brighton-Hove CLPs, in order to discredit the democratic results and protect Benn.

With all of Rupert Murdoch’s money behind it, it only took the Times almost another month to catch up on what this (unmoneyed, but feel free to donate if you wish!) blog covered weeks ago – and then to get it wrong, even to the point of slander:

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The article (I won’t drive traffic to the rag by linking to it, but you can easily find it if you’re so inclined) gets it wrong – intentionally…

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