THE QUADRANGLE, ST. BARTHOLOMEW'S HOSPITAL.
Although the great Quadrangle of St. Bartholomew's Hospital, Smithfield, only dates from 1730 Gibbs being the architect, the Hospital itself is the oldest in London. The founder was Rahere, minstrel to Henry I , and first prior of St. Bartholomew's, of which the Hospital formed part. "Dick" Whittington, Lord Mayor of London, enlarged the place, which was re-established by Henry VIII. ten years after the suppression of the monasteries. The income of "Bart's," as the Hospital is commonly called, is £50,000 a rear, and in the course of twelve months some 7,000 in-patients, who as they become convalescent take the air in the pleasant open space shown in out picture, receive treatment, besides nearly 180,000 out patients. Harvey and Abernethy are among the famous men who hare been connected with this Hospital.
source: The Queen's London : a Pictorial and Descriptive Record of the Streets, Buildings, Parks and Scenery of the Great Metropolis, 1896