A draught of St Bartholomew's hospital
The oldest hospital in London, St Bartholomew's was originally part of a priory. The priory lasted from the 12th to 16th centuries. After the priory was disestablished, the continued to take patients and train medical students. In the 1720s Daniel Defoe commented that a "new front over the entrance to the Cloister in West Smithfield" had been erected.