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Perspective Elevation of the General Infirmary at Sheffield

Perspective Elevation of the General Infirmary at Sheffield

Artist: Rawstone, I.

Medium: Aquatint

Date: 1804

Shelfmark: K.top Vol 44

Item number: 49.D

Genre: Topographical Print

View of the Sheffield General Infirmiry. The Infirmary was opened on 4th October 1797. In 1792 it was felt that there was little provision for the sick poor and that an institution should be formed not only to provide medical help but also nutritional advice and nursing. A public meeting was held and it was decided that an Infirmary would be established in the town- paid for by public subscription. Six and a half acres of land were purchased in a situation that was “…sufficiently airy, and yet not too much exposed to the cold or violent blasts of wind; neither elevated too high nor depressed too low”. The architect appointed was Mr Rawlinson and the building was based on the Infirmary at Northampton. In 1897 the hospital was honoured with the title ‘Royal’ ‘Infirmary. The Infirmary finally closed in 1981.

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