The German Hospital South Shoreditch (out of print, download only)

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A social and architectural history 1845-1987

Elizabeth McKellar

The German Hospital is little known today in Hackney. It lies concealed behind high walls in the heart of Dalston. Glimpses may be had of it from the North London Line railway, suggesting a large country mansion surrounded by wooded grounds.

Its fine 1930s extension faces on to Fassett Square. 'The German', as it was called, was of considerable importance, both architecturally and socially. It was once a leading international hospital and it occupied a central place in the community it served.

This report attempts to show how this unique institution came into being in Hackney and to explain the mystery behind the high walls and to give the building the wider attention it deserves.

This report is out of print but an electronic edition, produced from a scan of the original publication is available as a PDF (10.7MB - click here) and is provided for historical, personal and educational use only. A substantial amount of time has elapsed since publication and some information in this book may no longer be valid or sensible. No warranty is provided nor can any responsibility be taken for any reliance upon it. For further information email
1991 | 32pp | OUT OF PRINT | ISBN 0 9506558 7 2

This page was added on 06/07/2009.
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My Mother Winifred Ford nee Schriever told me I was born at this Hospital in 1938. It was considered one of the best maternity hospitals in London. First time I have seen a photo of the building

By Penelope Anne Kerr
On 08/08/2011