Cambian Churchill, Southwalk, London


Date Built
Barkham Terrace, Lambeth Road
The Cambian Churchill describes itself as, “ ...  a state of the art mental health rehabilitation hospital.,” ensuring, “... the sustainable recovery for the men who come into our care.”  They add that, “This facility supports three individual floors each featuring en-suite bedrooms, living areas and TV lounges.  The shared therapy piazza includes, activity rooms, music room,  a barber shop, gym, internet café, therapy kitchens, dining room and therapy garden.”

This building was built in 1940 and opened as  the Catholic Hospital of Our Lady of Consolation in Southwark.  The nursing order of Our Lady of Consolation had been ministering to the sick in this area of London since 1907 but in 1940 they were about to take possession of what the Catholic Herald described as a, “ ... splendid six-storey hospital whose creamy facade brightens the drabness of Lambeth Road, Southwark.”  Much of the credit for the building was given to Mother Constance Burd, who was personally responsible for raising £52,000 in her lifetime, “... for the good of the sick”  The article explained that, “ ... the hospital when complete will accommodate 30 private patients on the first and second floors, and 20 more on the ground-floor, who will be housed in two six-bed wards and also in two others to contain four beds each.  The hospital is intended for gentlefolk of limited means, including priests and nuns.  The charges are naturally moderate, two guineas being expected from patients occupying beds on the ground floor, while those in private sections are charged £4 4s. or more.  There will be an operating theatre, X-ray rooms, and also a chapel with seating for some 50 people, in Gothic design.”

According to the “Lost Hospitals of London” website,  The Catholic Institute closed in 1984.  In 1985 the building became the Gainsborough Nursing Home for both the short and long term care of the elderly.  Following that it became the Churchill London Clinic, a 68 bed psychiatric hospital offering acute and intensive care and rehabilitation services for mental patients.  In 2009 the Cambian group bought the building and  initiated an extensive refurbishment that ended when the Cambian Churchill facility opened in May of 2011.

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