Green plaque commemorates medical pioneers at site of Middlesex Hospital Medical School

A Green Plaque was installed in October at the site of the former Middlesex Hospital Medical School in Fitzrovia, to honour biochemists James Tait, Sylvia Simpson, and Hilary Grundy for their contribution to world medicine. The newly installed green plaque at the former Middlesex Hospital Medical School. In 1952, the three of them discovered Aldosterone, …

Life on Middlesex Hospital’s Aids wards revealed in book and exhibition

Two men on a bed in hospital ward.

A book containing a collection of photographs documenting the treatment of patients on London's first Aids wards will be released with an exhibition in November leading up to World Aids Day. The Ward, which is published by Fitzrovia-based Trolley Books, contains candid photographs of patients, their friends and family, hospital staff, along with texts from …

Middlesex surgeon marks 50th anniversary of Churchill’s funeral

Rodney J Croft pictured at home.

A former surgeon of the Middlesex Hospital has turned historian by publishing a book about the funeral of Sir Winston Churchill and has been invited to take part in the official 50th anniversary ceremony in January 2015. Rodney J Croft trained as a surgeon at the Middlesex Hospital which stood in Mortimer Street and holds fond …

Middlesex Hospital Chapel “was never named” say new trustees in response to petitions

Memorial plaques on wall of Middlesex Hospital Chapel.

Our campaign to preserve the name of the Middlesex Hospital Chapel took a bizarre turn this week when the new trustees who are due to take charge of the building issued a statement saying the chapel "was never named" in the first place. The statement followed a press announcement made by The Fitzrovia Chapel Foundation last Friday which …

Announcement expected on re-naming of Middlesex Hospital Chapel

The Middlesex Hospital Chapel as seen after the hospital was demolished.

The Middlesex Hospital Chapel could be re-branded with a new name despite a campaign to preserve its historical title. The Grade II* listed chapel -- the only complete remains of the Middlesex Hospital -- is to be given a new name by its trustees: The Fitzrovia Chapel. However, the final decision over the re-naming of the historic building …

Fitzroy Place developer in trouble over Middlesex Hospital Chapel plans

Red brick chapel building.

Exemplar the property developer leading the construction of Fitzroy Place is coming under increasing pressure to abandon its plans to rename the Middlesex Hospital Chapel which it is meant to be restoring as part of a legal agreement with Westminster City Council. A medical historian, a former surgeon, and the chair of one of Westminster City Council's planning …

Help us preserve the name Middlesex Hospital Chapel

By News Reporters The Middlesex Hospital Chapel at the heart of the building development known as Fitzroy Place is currently being restored as part of an agreement with Westminster City Council. It is a Grade II* listed building and it is the only part of the former hospital that still remains intact. However, the developers …

Exemplar “hell bent” on removing history of Middlesex Hospital

By News Reporters Exemplar the property developer which is creating the huge new building complex in Fitzrovia has been condemned by an international community of health workers and patients for trying to erase the name Middlesex from the site of the former hospital.  The site which will be completed later this year was to be called Fitzroy Place, then when that name …

Unanswered questions about the Middlesex Hospital Chapel

Trying to get straight answers out of director of Exemplar Mark Younger is a near impossible task. After several email exchanges where our questions about the future of the Grade II* listed Middlesex Hospital Chapel went unanswered, he finally rejected my last email as spam. I’d asked him about the plans to change the name …

Cubitt House plans 230 seat restaurant at Fitzroy Place

By News Reporters Independent hospitality business Cubitt House is planning to open its biggest restaurant to date, at Fitzroy Place on the site of the former Middlesex Hospital. The trouble is, the space available is not big enough.  Planning permission is now being sought to create what would be one of Fitzrovia's largest restaurants. It …

Great train robbery mastermind worked at Middlesex Hospital

  Bruce Reynolds, mastermind of the Great Train Robbery of 1963, died in February so did not "celebrate" its 50th anniversary in August. The robbery took place near Leighton Buzzard at 3 am on August 8 when the haul was over £2.6 million (worth about £45 million at today's prices). When caught most received sentences …

Searching for memories of the Middlesex Hospital

By News Reporters Do you have memories of the the Middlesex Hospital in Fitzrovia that you'd like to share? A doctor and an architect are working together to collect people's stories and memories of the Middlesex Hospital, which stood on Mortimer Street until it was demolished in 2007.  Khaldoon Ahmed trained as a doctor at …

Staff of former hospital want Middlesex to live on in street name

By News Reporters A petition has been started to press Exemplar the owners of a new commercial and residential complex in Fitzrovia to commemorate The Middlesex Hospital in the name of a new public square.  The development known as Fitzroy Place is being built on the site of the former Middlesex Hospital on Mortimer Street …

Exemplar pay tribute to chapel architect in proposal for street name at Fitzroy Place

By News Reporters Exemplar have suggested a new name for the street that will run through the heart of their mixed-use scheme on the development site currently known as Fitzroy Place. The name "Pearson Square" has been chosen, named after John Loughborough Pearson the architect of the Grade II* listed hospital chapel at the centre …

The name Fitzroy Place is “unacceptable” say authorities

By News Reporters The owners of the former Middlesex Hospital site could be told to think again about what to name the new street through the development which is due to be completed in September 2014. The consortium of Exemplar, Aviva Investments and Kaupthing have applied to call the walkway Fitzroy Place -- the name they …

The name Fitzroy Place is unimaginative and says nothing about the fine institution that stood on this ground

By Angela Lovely The new development on the former Middlesex Hospital site has been named Fitzroy Place by its owners. “We have renamed the scheme Fitzroy Place. We felt it was important to create a name for the site that embodied the area, embraced local culture, local people and respected the rich heritage of Fitzrovia,” …

Development plans for Middlesex Hospital site approved by Westminster council

By News Reporters Enjoy the spring sunshine around the former Middlesex Hospital site and the views of the buildings which can be seem from the surrounding streets while it lasts. Because after the current (and very noisy) works on the site are completed it will be full steam ahead to build three, nine to 11 …

Middlesex hospital paintings go on display in National Gallery

Painting of young women waiting in line.

Frederick Cayley Robinson's Acts of Mercy paintings which used to hang in the foyer of the since demolished Middlesex Hospital, Mortimer Street, Fitzrovia, will go on public display at the National Gallery. Local people and Fitzrovia News campaigned to save the beautiful paintings which were due to be sold off by University College London NHS …