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The Queen's Lying-in Hospital

HOSPITALS and institutions of this kind are extremely numerous about the metropolis ; and in general they are most liberally supported and ably conducted.

The establishment in question was founded in 1752, for the purpose of receiving poor pregnant women, as well married as unmarried, in separate wards, and also of attending them at their own habitations, within a limited circuit. It was first established at Bayswater, but lately removed to Manor House, Lisson Green. The government of the charity has been vested in a president, four vice-presidents, and a committee of eighteen governors. An annual subscription of three guineas constitutes a governor, entitled to recommend one in-patient, two to he delivered at their own habitations, and six for advice. And a subscription of thirty-one guineas at one payment entitles to the recommendation of one in-patient, six at their own habitations, and twelve for advice, yearly. It is computed that upwards of 45,000 women have received the benefit of this hospital in its respective branches. Quarterly meetings are held at the hospital, and the committee meet every Tuesday. This hospital was renovated in October 1809; and under the active exertions of its president, the duke of Sussex, has now a fair prospect of permanent utility. Her late majesty was patroness; and it is under the care of a consulting physician, and physician in ordinary, a surgeon, a man-midwife, an apothecary, secretary matron, nurses, and collector.

Source: Leigh's New Picture of London. Printed for Samuel Leigh, 18, Strand;
by W. Clowes, Northumberland Court. 1819