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Frognal

Queen Mary Hospital. This postwar complex covers a vast area. The original hospital was opened in 1917 in the old mansion of Frognal, and this was followed by a series of temporary buildings further east on what is now waste land. The new hospital was officially opened to the west of Frognal in 1974.   An impressive group, the product of a programme of reconstruction from the 1960s.


Maternity  Wing, a functional building of 1966, by C. F. Scott, Regional Architect E.J. Wilson, project architect. 

Nurses’ homes mainly completed 1965. Steps gently down the hill, in series of linked pavilions, and at the end in flat-roofed blocks. By W. H. Watkins, Gray & Partners.

Casualty Wing and Main Block. 1969-74, forming the main range towards Frognal Avenue. 

Frognal Centre, in the same style as the Main Block.

Frognal House. This is a large square house, 18th in appearance, but certainly not in origin.  large, roughly square, with a central courtyard. Its present appearance is predominantly of c1670, incorporates timber-framed structure of the 15th and 16th centuries, and the stone foundations are in part 16th century.  In 1980 it was discovered that it incorporated a c15 timber-framed building of two-bay hall and storeyed wing to which a framed wing was added in the c16 - this timberwork is no longer visible. There was a house on the site at least by the 13th century.  It was acquired by Sir Philip Warwick in the 16th century, and the present main facades were built by his heirs. In 1752 it was purchased by Thomas Townshend, who became Lord Sydney and gave his name to the first European settlement in Australia, and it remained in the Sydney family until 1915. Frognal was then acquired by the War Office to become a hospital, and it later became a nurses' home.  then office accommodation within the Queen Mary's Hospital complex off Watery Lane.  In 1980, some years after the new Queen Mary's Hospital had been completed, it was sold. Walls, gate piers and gates, and garden walls to north are listed grade II.

Watery Lane

Main gateway, c1720. Early c18 wrought-iron


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