Architect: Searle, Son & Hayes
View of the proposed new wing including ground plan published in The Building News, July 4th 1879. The Hospital for Incurables was founded in 1854 by the distinguished philanthropist Dr Andrew Reed and moved to its current location, part of the Lord Spencer’s estate in 1863. Florence Nightingale advised on the design and the estate was supported by notable personalities of the day such as Charles Dickens, as well as several distinguished royal patrons.
The building on West Hill in Putney had originally been a hunting lodge (Melrose Lodge) and was purchased with 24 acres of land, on which, until the 1960s, the hospital operated a working farm. Much of the land has now been developed, but retained spacious landscaped gardens for the use of patients and residents. In 1995 the name was changed to the Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability.