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Chelsea & Westminster Charity NHS Foundation Trust

On 10th February 2020 a new plaque to commemorate the 300th Anniversary of Westminster Hospital was installed at Westminster Green.

We at Westminster Green are proud of this new plaque and our thanks go to the trustees of Chelsea and Westminster Hospital Charity, and to Westminster City Council, for the sponsorship and approval of the plaque.

Past and present staff from Chelsea and Westminster Hospital attended a special unveiling ceremony for the new Westminster Green plaque on the former site of Westminster Hospital, which celebrated its 300th anniversary last year.

The plaque was unveiled by Rennie and Audrey Hoare, descendants of Mr Henry Hoare; one of the four benefactors and founding donors who established the first Westminster Hospital back in 1719.  This makes it the first hospital in the world funded by charitable giving, which continued to grow and later became Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in 1993.

The Westminster Green Plaque Scheme marks buildings of historical interest that form a significant part of the heritage of Westminster and London.

We are delighted with the unveiling ceremony’s success; it was a memorable occasion for all those who attended and who previously worked at Westminster Hospital.

Lesley Watts, CEO of Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Trust, said:

“We are incredibly proud of our long and impressive history. It is wonderful to have this new plaque as a permanent reminder of our old hospital site where so many staff proudly cared for hundreds of thousands of Londoners over many years.

The legacy of this remarkable hospital and its pioneering forefathers continues at our hospitals today.”

We at Westminster Green were delighted to welcome both the Mayor of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Will Pascall, and the Lord Mayor of Westminster, Ruth Bush, for the unveiling ceremony.

The Trust and Westminster City Council thanked us for agreeing to have the plaque installed on our historic building, and for the hospitality we have shown during the plaque's journey:

 “The ceremony was one I shall remember as one of the nicest. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the occasion, with smiles on their faces despite the weather.” – Chris Stanton, WCC.

“Thank you so much for agreeing to have our new plaque installed at your historic building. I hope you all enjoyed it as much as we did, despite the miserable weather!

I am sure you saw on Monday how much it meant to us and our past staff, so we are immensely proud to now have a permanent reminder of such a special place.” – Sara Holland, Head of Communications, CW+.